IPL 2019, DC vs KXIP: Shikhar Dhawan laid foundation for our win, says Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer

Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer Saturday praised senior batsman Shikhar Dhawan for laying the foundation of his side's five-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab here.

Press Trust of India, Apr 21, 2019 07:10:29 IST

Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer Saturday praised senior batsman Shikhar Dhawan for laying the foundation of his side's five-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab here.

"We got a good start from Shikhar today, it made it easier for the batsmen to follow. He (Dhawan) has been giving us brilliant starts. If you get 50 in the Powerplay it's really good and we got 60 today," Iyer said of Dhawan who made 56 off 41 balls at the top of the order.

Shikhar Dhawan in action against KXIP. Sportzpics

Shikhar Dhawan in action against KXIP. Sportzpics

Iyer, who remained not out on 58 off 49 balls, said it was satisfying to see his team through.

"Really satisfied with winning this one after losing three home games. The way we played, it was really good to see. Losing them was really disappointing at the start but we recovered well," he said.

"Very satisfying to stay till the end. One of the top four has to stay till the end. I took the responsibility today and hopefully continue through the rest of the matches."

He said the Kotla pitch was not suited for the kind of players his team has.

"The kind of batsmen we have are on the rise players and love the ball coming on the bat. But the pitch is really slow to play on. If you get set though you can get runs. Today I took the responsibility," said the captain who was also adjudged man of the match.

About Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, who took 3 wickets for 40 runs, he said, "He (Lamichhane) is a very confident lad. When he goes for runs, he comes back strong. He's fearless and positive in his approach. He benefits from Amit Mishra's experience also."

Dhawan, on his part, said, "Very important for us to win this game. We want to qualify for the knockouts. We got better at finishing the game, but I still feel we have to get better.

"I knew that first six overs we have to cash in, and then I changed my strategy. It's working for me, working for my side."

He said on a slow and turning wickets like this, the first six overs were crucial.

"I focus on my process and of course I feel that as an experienced player, I communicate more in the middle and make sure we don't lose a wicket under pressure. I talk to the boys and they also talk to me."

Kings XI Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin said the total his side put up was just below par because of the dew.

"I thought we lost a few too many wickets in the middle despite Chris playing a great knock. Disappointing (about Mujeeb's injury) but we have talent in the dressing room to bank on.

"I thought we were giving some of those soft boundaries here and there. If it was 12-13 off the last over, we would have fancied ourselves. Credit to Shreyas, he held his nerve and saw it through. we've lost a lot of close games and won a few. We need to catch the momentum here.

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Updated Date: Apr 21, 2019 07:10:29 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254