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Rishabh Pant: Not A Bad Birthday Present

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Rishabh Pant Delhi Capitals (DC) won by 3 wickets against MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a thrilling encounter at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Monday, October 4.

Batting first Chennai Super Kings (CSK) faced a batting collapse and were reduced at 62/4. However later MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu had a very good partnership which helped Chennai Super Kings post 136 runs on the board with Rayudu being the top run-getter with 55 runs under his belt.

Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu |Twitter

Chasing the target Delhi Capitals lost Prithvi Shaw in the 3rd over itself. Also after losing wickets at regular intervals Delhi Capitals were reduced to 99/6 in 15 overs. In the end, Shimron Hetmyer shined and scored 28 runs off 18 balls to help Delhi Capitals win the game by 3 wickets and become the first team in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 to bag 20 points.

In The End, We Made It Tough For Us – Rishabh Pant

Shimron Hetmyer
Shimron Hetmyer |Twitter

During the post-match presentation, the Delhi Capitals skipper told that they made it tough for themselves but everything is good as they were able to win the match. Pant stated:

“Not a birthday present, was a tough match, we made it tough for ourselves. In the end, if we win everything is fine.”

“In the powerplay, they came hard and got away. After that, we bowled some good overs. In the end, they got away with some extra runs. With the bat, Prithvi got us to a good start.”

Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant lauded the Delhi Capitals batting unit for helping the team getting over the finish line. He stated:

”We were always in the chase as it was a low total, in the end, we got over the line. Prithvi is going to play that well and Shikhar is going to help him playing that way, but started well. We got what we needed from him and in the Hetty (Hetmyer) finished it off for us.”

Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals |Twitter

Notably, Ravichandran Ashwin was sent to bat ahead of Shimron Hetmyer talking about this move Pant asserted:

“(On Ashwin’s promotion) We were just trying to keep the right-left combination. Big win, because of this we can be absolutely sure that we can finish in the top two. So it’s a great win for us.”

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