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Delhi Capitals a win away from Playoff as pacer Rabada hopes for his team to be third time lucky in Abu Dhabi

 Harpal Singh Bedi

Kagiso Rabada

New Delhi: Delhi Capitals are putting behind their defeat against  Kings XI Punjab  and eyeing  to secure their place  in the playoffs as they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in their eleventh match of the Dream 11 Indian Premier League in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Interestingly Delhi Capitals  have lost both their matches this season at Abu Dhabi and the   ace seamer  Kagiso Rabada hoped  that his team will be “third-time lucky at  this venue ” in Saturday’s afternoon match

Addressing  the media over a virtual press conference from Dubai  the South African pacer  asserted that  Delhi Capitals is confident and will come hard in this crucial  fixture, “I don’t know if I would call the loss against KXIP a wake-up call, it’s just a loss and losses do happen. So it’s not about panicking and trying to reinvent the wheel. 

“We need to assess where we felt we went wrong, which we have done already. We’ve talked about the game and where we can improve. Bearing that in mind, we need to realise what good came out of that game as well,” 

According to the  fast  bowler “Losses can happen so it’s just about getting back up, and getting ready for the next game. Having identified what we have done wrong and have done right, we just need to make some minor adjustments,” added the pacer who is . 

Rabada , who holds the Purple Cap with 21 wickets in 10 games, was asked whether he thinks his bowling can help the team lift the trophy this season, to which he replied, “I think it’s going to have to be a team collective. Look, we have had seven different Man of the Match awardees in the games that we have played. There are so many match-winners in our team, so it shows that all of us are hungry to win.” 

“I am the one who’s lucky to get the wickets, but everyone has been contributing to the side. All the bowlers, batsmen and even fielders have contributed in our good performances. You’ve got guys who have put their hand up, and it’s always been a team effort,”.

Admitting  that the bowling conditions in India and the UAE are somewhat different, Rabada said, “The conditions have been quite tricky here in the UAE because we are playing at the same venues. But we are playing on both fresh and used wickets so they all play quite differently.” 

“In Sharjah, it was really flat in the beginning, but then it sort of slowed down and the par score came down to 180. The par scores have remained similar in Dubai, but there’s a difference. 

Talking about  his bowling partnership with  Anrich Nortje, the 25-year-old said he enjoys bowling with his compatriot. “It’s awesome bowling with him, I mean he has done really well, he has got a lot of pace, he’s always willing to learn and always open to new ideas, and I think that’s a great trait to have,” . 

“Nortje  always gives his best for the team and at the end of the day we have a job to do, and I think we have done well so far. Hopefully, we qualify (for the playoffs), we are one win away, and then hopefully we can do it when it matters the most – in the knockout stages also,” . 


IPL 2019: Ricky Ponting hopeful of better showing by Delhi Capitals against KKR

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi: Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting on Thursday exuded confidence of his team performing consistently well in the remaining matches of IPL 2019.

With three wins and three losses in their first six matches, Delhi Capitals, have been tentative so far but Ponting maintained that his team is in the right frame of mind to perform in the upcoming matches.

He expressed this optimise ahead of Delhi Capitals match against the C at the Eden Gardens on Friday.

The two teams have faced each other on 24 occasions, with Kolkata Knight Riders having won 13 matches while Delhi registered their 10th win over the home side when they won the match in Super Over earlier in the season in New Delhi. One match between the two teams has ended in a No-Result.

Ponting was of the view that the win in Delhi will help his side tomorrow as well. He said, “When you’re playing a team twice in a tournament, it’s always nice to win the first game against them. We understand that they are a very, very good team and we know that they rely on couple of their stars to get them over the line more often than not.

“So we need to make sure that those players don’t get away from us tomorrow. Andre Russell has been outstanding, so we need to be on our toes and especially in his case because he took the game away from us last time in Delhi as well. We are coming off a win. We will go into tomorrow’s game in the right frame of mind and with confidence of giving tough competition to the home side, and winning.”

To a query whether Delhi Capitals is a team led completely by young captain Shreyas Iyer, or whether the senior players and coaching staff play a major role in building the team, Ricky said, “It is actually both. It is 100% Shreyas Iyer’s team, he is the captain of our team. And as we know with captains of any team, once the game starts, the captain is also the coach. So it is my job and the rest of the coaches’ job that we make sure that we are making his job as easy as possible. He is a terrific, determined young man. He is developing his leadership very well. He has been here for a very short time as captain, but he has captained Mumbai this year, and India A as well. It is definitely a high-pressure job and environment but I am very happy with the way he has taken the responsibility

He was asked about the batting collapses that the Capitals have faced this season. “I am not really worried about the collapses if it means that we secure the win early. But the defeat to Kings XI was something that I am definitely worried about. But the thing that I did not mind about the RCB game was that the boys were looking to finish the match early and taking the challenge on.

About Kagiso Rabada’s performances this season, Ponting said, “Kagiso is an extremely determined man. He is bowling well, and is still the leading wicket-taker which is something we are very proud of. He bowled beautifully in Bengaluru as well, and that Super Over against KKR in Delhi was exceptional. Look, his performances prove exactly why the owners pay the huge money for the overseas’ players, and he has been able to prove his worth yet again. I am really happy with how he has bowled over the course of the tournament so far.”

Delhi Capitals hoping for better result against Kolkata Knight Riders

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi: Delhi Capitals, who started this season of IPL with flourish but came short at home against Chennai Super King (CSK) will be praying for better result as they take on the three-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders in their third IPL match here at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, here on Saturday.

In last season’s corresponding fixture, it was Delhi Capitals (then Delhi Daredevils ) who put it across Kolkata Knight Riders by 55 runs. Batting first, the Delhi had scored 219/4, helped by fifties from captain Shreyas Iyer (93* off 40 balls) and Prithvi Shaw (62 off 44 balls). In response, KKR could only manage 164/9 in their 20 overs as Trent Boult, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan and Glenn Maxwell all picked up 2 wickets each for the Capitals.

The two teams have faced each other on 22 occasions in IPL history, with KKR leading with 13 victories to their name, while Delhi have only won 8 matches, with one match being a No-Result.

We hope to regain the winning momentum , said Delhi Capitals and South African all-rounder Chris Morris adding “I hope that i will get to play a part in this important fixture”.

The 31-year-old South African, with 56 wickets to his name in 52 IPL matches, has been one of the most consistent all-rounders in the tournament’s history.

Talking to media persons Morris candidly admitted that he is looking forward to helping his team. “I am very much looking forward to contributing as an all-rounder for the Delhi Capitals. Bowling at the death is something that I look forward to doing, and over the years bowling quick-fire yorkers is something that I have sticked to. Fielding is also an aspect of my game that I focus on, and I hope to help the team score some quick-fire runs at the death as well,” .

He made it clear that his inclusion in the team will in no way affect Rishabh Pant’s position in the batting order, “Rishabh is going to play the way he plays regardless of the batting position. That’s his natural game and honestly the position he bats doesn’t really matter in the T20 game because he has the ability to bat anywhere in the order. At the end of day, my role is to be a hard-hitter and hopefully score runs at the death.”

About the track he said “I think the biggest difference that I have seen this year is that the pitch is a bit slower. The ball is turning and stopping a bit, that’s probably been the biggest change that I can notice. Apart from that the conditions are perfect for cricket and I hope to be a part of a good game tomorrow,” he said.

Morris also spoke about KKR’s all-rounder Andre Russell saying , “Andre is an absolute genius and he hits the ball a long way. But you know at the end of the day, I think it’s going to be a case of ‘he misses and I hit’.

“ I don’t want to give away too many tactics, but when you are up against such a great hitter, you have to trust your training. I have practiced my whole career bowling bouncers, slower balls, yorkers, so definitely I am going to trust my instinct and hope he makes a mistake.”

The South African was also asked to compare himself to the hard-hitting Russell. “We (Andre and himself) do have similar roles in our respective teams, but he bats a bit higher in the batting order. So he has that added responsibility to contribute more with the bat. But we both have been picked to do the same thing – bowling fast and hitting sixes. It is similar, but not just the same.”