IPL 2023
IPL 2023: “All credit to our spinners and also our fast bowlers” – Shikhar Dhawan after the win
By SMCS - May 14, 2023 12:55 am
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Punjab Kings won by 31 runs over Delhi Capitals at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on May 13 in the ongoing IPL 2023. Delhi Capitals won the toss and opted to bowl. Punjab Kings batted first and posted 167 runs in 20 overs, courtesy of Prabhsimran’s scintillating ton.

Shikhar Dhawan

While chasing, David Warner smashed 54 but didn’t get any support from others and they eventually lost the game as well.

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Prabhsimran Singh, Player of the Match said as quoted by Cricbuzz: We lost a few wickets at the top, so the plan was to take the game a little deep. I have been with the team for a long time and when you get back-to-back opportunities you gotta grab it. The wicket was slightly tough at the start and the plan was to build some partnership and then target a few bowlers. I also speak to senior players who keep telling me to make sure that I take the game deep and make it big when I get a start. Really thankful to the management for the opportunities.

Shikhar Dhawan, PBKS skipper said as quoted by Cricbuzz: The way the bowlers brought us back in the game it was amazing. All credit to our spinners and also our fast bowlers as well. It was turning from 4th over and playing that kind of knock is just incredible and amazing from Prabhsimran. That knock actually helped us reach that total. I told Harpreet to keep it slow and target the wickets and the way he stood up and took those wickets and especially getting those left-handers out was really fantastic. When I’m with the youngsters I try to stay young and feels good that the boys have taken responsibility and the maturity as well. Very happy the way they are growing and maturing. This win has brought a lot of confidence for us. We need to stay calm and not get too excited. Staying calm has helped us and need to do the job in the next couple of games.

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan

Harpreet Brar said as quoted by Cricbuzz: I enjoyed bowling on this surface. I leaked 13 runs in the first over, I was a bit nervous. I had belief that I could come back on this kind of a surface. In the first over, the ball was stopping a little and the batters were playing easily off the back foot. I tried to bowl it fuller in my spell and make the batter commit on the front foot. When you play on a slow wicket, the powerplay is crucial. DC had a good powerplay. But Rahul bowled well from the other end and he put pressure on the batters, that helped me to get the wickets. We both had in our mind to bowl as many dot balls as possible and create pressure on the batters.

David Warner, DC captain said as quoted by Cricbuzz: It was about trying to restrict them to a decent total. They got more than we would have liked. Prabhsimran batted really well, dropped chances cost us a few. At the end of the day after the powerplay when you lose 6 for 30 not going to win a lot of games. You got to play for pride, and play with freedom [on the remaining games]. Another disappointing effort with the bat after the good start we had. When you lose they are the things that happen in this format [on chopping and changing of their team]. We found the right combination but we keep losing 3-4 quick wickets and you can’t do that at this level.