Aakash Chopra “Bowling was bit ordinary in beginning but victory must have mattered the most to David Warner”. DC defeated KKR to earn their first win of the year.
At the Arun Jaitley Stadium, which is located in the capital of India on Thursday night, Delhi Capitals overcame the Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets to earn their first victory in six IPL 2023 contests. Rain caused a one hour start delay for the game. The hosts were able to keep KKR to 127 points as a result of their excellent bowling performance. They were able to reach the goal by reaching 128/6 in 19.2 overs thanks to DC’s reaction.
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Using three pacers initially was a bit too much:Aakash Chopra
David Warner, the team’s captain, led DC’s charge with 57 runs (41b, 11×4), and Manish Pandey, an accomplished player, added 21 runs off 23 balls. But the night belonged to the home team’s bowlers, particularly the veteran Ishant Sharma, who claimed 2/19 in 4 overs in his first match of the year. Anrich Nortje, a pacer from South Africa, scored an unbeaten 19 while returning spinner Axar Patel finished with 2/13 in three overs. Spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who took 2/15 in three overs, was also quite methodical.
“When you look back, the road always looks clear. But in the moment, you have to weigh your options and how you are going to use them. In my opinion, using three pacers initially was a bit too much. Because you were defending only 127 and DC had already scored 31 of those runs in three overs,”Aakash Chopra said
“They did call their spinners thereafter, but it was a rare off day for Sunil Narine. Because if Anukul Roy, Nitish Rana and Varun Chakaravarthy – nobody gave more than 5 runs an over — and then you have Narine who wasn’t able to get a wicket and went for 36 runs in four overs. Then you think that our senior most bowler let us down today. Sometimes, you look at the seniormost of the house and hope they will bail you out when you are in trouble, but that didn’t happen in Narine’s case today. Nevertheless, Kolkata fought hard. But the reality is you are still stuck at the place you began,”he added.
“When you are chasing, the talk is never about the strike rate as you are playing according to the scoreboard. You approach the game with the mindset asking yourself what is needed. It’s not important in which over you win the match. But Warner batted well. The bowling was a bit ordinary in the beginning but what must have mattered to Warner was that he ended up on the winning side.”Chopra said.
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