IPL 2019, DC vs RR: Delhi Capitals' aim was to finish the game in 10 overs, reveals Rishabh Pant

Rishabh slammed an unbeaten 53 off 38 balls to guide DC to a five-wicket victory over RR and enter the playoffs on a confident note.

Press Trust of India, May 04, 2019 22:28:02 IST

New Delhi: The aim initially was to finish their last game of IPL league phase in 10 overs and go ahead of Chennai Super Kings before two quick wickets forced a change in strategy, Delhi Capitals' swashbuckler Rishabh Pant said on Saturday.

Rishabh slammed an unbeaten 53 off 38 balls to guide DC to a five-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals and enter the playoffs on a confident note.

File image of Rishabh Pant. Sportzpics

File image of Rishabh Pant. Sportzpics

"I am always happy whenever I am taking my team home. It's always special when you finish the match. I couldn't finish off the last match but today I finished off the match. We took it deep and chased it easily in the end," Rishabh said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

'"Firstly, we were thinking about chasing it down within 10 overs but when we lost early wickets we just focused on winning this match. We are happy in playing any team in the playoffs. When seamers take early wickets on these kind of wickets, it becomes easy for the spinners," the young keeper-batsman added.

Chasing 115, Rishabh smashed five sixes and two fours in his unbeaten knock at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

While DC skipper Shreyas Iyer said that the players were able to play with freedom and express themselves better this season, his counterpart Ajinkya Rahane admitted that it turned out to be a campaign they would like to forget in hurry.

"We had a tough season this year. We didn't capitalise on the tough moments, we can't place the blame on the boys for today, many of them are playing their third or fourth game. We need to learn from this and come back well next season.

"Riyan Parag has been exceptional, so has Shreyas Gopal -- he always thinks about taking wickets. We play the game with love and passion, it's all about attitude. We didn't bat well, 140-150 would have been challenging.

"The bowlers gave it all, showed a lot of character. Personally, my season was good, I was confident about batting. Captaincy and batting is different, I always want to give the best to my franchise, it's all about staying positive and giving your best," Rahane said.

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Updated Date: May 05, 2019 14:30:20 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