IPL 2022 – Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings Match 32 – Post Match comments
On April 20, the Delhi Capitals defeated the Punjab Kings by nine wickets in IPL 2022 Match 32 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. PBKS have already lost two consecutive games. Despite being shaken by a COVID-19 scare in their camp, the DC unit put on an excellent effort in what ended up being a one-sided match.
Rishabh Pant, Delhi’s skipper, won the toss and elected to bat. The move proved to be correct, as his bowlers chipped in with wickets at regular intervals, despite captain Mayank Agarwal’s continued presence at one end. He hit a good 24 before being bowled by Mustafizur Rahman. Jitesh Sharma, the wicketkeeper-batsman, then scored a vital 23-ball 32 to help PBKS reach 115.
In reply, openers Prithvi Shaw and David Warner immediately upset the Punjab bowlers by making light work of this straightforward run chase. The pair tallied 83 runs before Shaw was removed from the game immediately following the Powerplay. From there on, it was a formality for Delhi, as Warner completed the innings with an unbeaten 30-ball 60 and the Capitals crossed the line in just the 11th over.
This is what the captains and the player of the match had to say after the contest was done.
Mayank Agarwal (Punjab Kings) – Losing Captain
It’s a tough one, a day to forget for us, best to move on and not think too much into the game. We didn’t bat and bowl well, we just need to move on from today. We have been losing too many wickets too early, that’s a concern. Don’t want to dwell too much, if we do so, a lot of negatives will come out. A total of around 180 could have been competitive. In hindsight, I could have given a couple of overs early for the spinners, but I didn’t do so.
Rishabh Pant (Delhi Capitals) – Winning Captain
Obviously there was confusion in our camp because in the morning we got to know that Tim (Seifert) is also positive. There was some confusion, nervousness and what are we going to do now kinda feeling, but we spoke in the team meeting and pointed out on what we can focus, there was so much noise from the outside that we thought we will focus on the match. Mostly I like to leave them (Shaw and Warner) lone as everyone knows their roles in the team. We will look to improve in every match and that’s the only thing we can control, results are not in our control but we can learn from our mistakes. On a wicket like this I thought the ball was stopping a bit and that’s why I used more of the spinners.
Kuldeep Yadav – Player of the match
I would like to share this award with Axar. He bowled well and took important wickets in the middle. I have played a lot against KG (Rabada) and I know he does not move his feet much, my plan was to bowl one chinaman and then the googly. The second wicket was due to Rishabh telling to bowl from round the wicket. To be very honest, I have got plenty of confidence this season and I am also mentally clear with my role. I just focus on my line and length and not on what the batter is going to do. I don’t watch videos now, when you are very confused you watch videos to see what a batter might do. I am enjoying my bowling after a long time and the credit goes to Rishabh for backing me. That gives a lot of confidence for a bowler and that is a plus point for us.