Delhi Daredevils stand-in skipper JP Duminy stands his ground to give the 18th over to Mohammed Shami was the “best option” available for him. Shami, who gave 50 runs in his 3.1 overs was taken to task for 20 runs in that particular over that swung the match in Pune’s favour. Dhoni and co. Won the match by 7 wickets.
“We had three overs left at that’s stage and Imran had only one over left, our best option at that point of time was that. Shami had two overs left, I could not bowl him from the other end, so we had to use someone else. So that was the best option to get Shami bowl his four overs,” Duminy told.
Pune Supergiants needed 37 off three overs and Imran Tahir was bowling extremely well at that time. Duminy, who was leading the side in place of Zaheer Khan, threw the ball to Shami, who was taken to task by RPS captain MS Dhoni. Dhoni hit a four and a six and in all his side took 20 runs to take the game away from the hosts.
Daredevils made many changes to their playing XI, leaving out four in-form players but Duminy said it was an important decision they took. “It was just a precautionary measure. We are playing again in two days time. It has been a long first half of IPL, so we are just trying to make sure that the guys are fresh. A very long and important part of the tournament is yet to come, we want to make sure that we are ready to go,” he said.
“It’s just the combination. Few guys missed out due to the combination. We felt as a selection group it was the best XI for the conditions and for the opposition. Unfortunately, things did not go our way. We missed a few chances in the first six overs, a few run outs here and there but we did well to take it to the last over. In hindsight, I would say we backed out ourselves to get 180 after 103 in 13 overs but we stumbled, lost a few wickets.” Duminy added.