Delhi Capitals had a tough time in their second game against Rajasthan Royals at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Thursday. Despite being a low-scoring game, Rajasthan Royals lost by three wickets. Rajasthan were reduced to 42 for 5 at one stage but a stunning fifty from David Miller and a late cameo from Chris Morris helped Royals register a win.
In the post-match press conference, Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting has admitted a ‘mistake’ that DC made while defending the 148-run target as well. Veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has bowled three overs on the trot in his first and only spell, conceding only 14 runs. But no boundary was given by him. They needed 92 off 54 balls when Ashwin finished his third and final over. Post that, David Miller went for big shots and Chris Morris took the charge at the end and sealed the deal at the end.
“That’s certainly something that we will talk about when I get a chance to sit down with the team. He had bowled beautifully. Three overs, none for 14. Hadn’t even conceded a boundary. Look he had a disappointing game in game one, but he has worked really hard in the last few days to make sure he adjusted and got things right in this game. I thought he bowled beautifully tonight. Probably a mistake on our behalf, and something we will be talking about later on,” Ricky Ponting said.
Ricky Ponting also revealed that Delhi bowled at the lengths that Chris Morris could easily pick and he smacked 4 sixes in his 18-ball 36 not out as well. Ponting also added that plans against the all-rounder were not executed properly too.
“We probably gave him a few too many easy balls, a few too many slot balls if you like,” Ponting said. “The length wasn’t quite where it needed to be. If you look at the replay of the game, if you bowled a reasonable yorker, he didn’t score off them. If it was back of a length, sort of, above stump high, he didn’t get hold of them either, especially with pace on the ball. We talked about how to bowl to him, but the execution probably wasn’t there.”