They decided they had to take brave steps against the three-time champion Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 1 in Dubai on Sunday. In the absence of his smash hit Marcus Stoinis, Delhi opted for the off-roader Tom Curran and the inexperienced off-roader Ripal Patel.
There is an inherent risk in moving – an added burden on top work to get it right. Prithvi Shaw got off to a brilliant start, but Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer, who should have made it easy to anchor around him, failed.
Patel’s strongest color is not hitting, especially not in T20 cricket with a 125 hit rate in his career. He had few opportunities to hit and little success this year with 36 runs in 11 games while living up to his tricks with the ball and pocketing 15 wickets before this game.
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He stood there against Ravindra Jadeja, the two who are similarly positioned in India’s T20 World Cup squad. Patel is the better pitcher of the two and Jadeja is a much stronger forward with the bat. Here they were, two SUVs from different regions of Gujarat. Putting their multiple skills to the test before joining up for India.
He featured the little-used Moeen Ali as a showdown against Patel.
Patel started stealing an edge from a Jadeja 9. But how could MS Dhoni not have his return move ready? Shaw was still enraged, but Patel couldn’t keep playing second fiddle. In the 10th round, he was able to hit a non-spinning secondary player for Moeen Ali. Find more height than distance and pocket Long-on by 10.
Shaw had flown on its end and scored the first eight of ten borders hit by Delhi. But keeping the ball on the ground was never Shaw’s type, which often turned out to be his undoing. After a brilliant 34ball 60, he raised one of an open blade directly into Longoff’s hands.
Jadeja couldn’t fire Patel but saw the back of a Shaw song. In a high-pressure game, it was the kind of innings that. If left unfinished could have sapped CSK‘s confidence with more hitting support around them.
Has Delhi tried to be too naughty by playing extra bowling? And thereby interrupting her flow of shots in a big game? With a highly decorated bowling alley at Pacern Avesh KhanAnrich NortjeKagiso Rabada. And Spinners PatelAshwin, she may have pulled it off.
Captain Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer’s deft handling of the second assist hitting. Who scored more than 10 runs per over on the Death Overs, saved them the blush.
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