Having won their previous fixture against Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals took to the field against the Rohit Sharma-led side on Thursday with the aim to do a double their hopes came crumbling down as they finished on 128/9. The visitors displayed a clinical performance to outclass the hosts by 40 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. What captivated the attention of the fans apart from the entertaining match was when the legendary Sachin Tendulkar made his way to the pitch for what seemed like some sort of inspection.
Despite making a decent start with 48/0 after six overs, Delhi’s miseries began after the wicket of opener Shikhar Dhawan who was dismissed in the seventh over after 35 runs by Chahar. He also scalped the wickets of Prithvi Shaw (20) and skipper Shreyas Iyer (3), Krunal Pandya dismissed the crucial wicket of Colin Munro (3).
The wicket at the Feroz Shah Kotla was slow and Sachin Tendulkar, who is the consultant for the Mumbai Indians side had come to inspect the ground right ahead of the toss. Perhaps, he wanted to go and see the pitch himself before discussing with captain Rohit Sharma about what decision must be taken for the toss and also make some tactical decisions for the match. Later, it was Mumbai who won the toss and Sharma opted to bat first.
It must be noted that never before in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League did the master blaster come to inspect the pitch himself. Watch the video here:
Mumbai Indians went on to win the match against the second-ranked Delhi in what was just their third loss at the Feroz Shah Kotla in the current IPL campaign
Speaking to the presser after the match, Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer said: “It is important for us to win the home games, especially on these wickets. We lost the toss as well and they outplayed us in all three departments. Credit to them,” Iyer said after the match.
Iyer was disappointed that his side gave away 20 runs more after being put in to field, also admitted that death overs bowling remains a concern for the team.
“We gave away 20 runs more on this wicket. There’s a lot of concern as far as the death overs are,” he said.
“It wasn’t easy to bat in the second innings. The ball was stopping. It was difficult for the new man in. The last three overs were game-changing,” he added.
Asked if Delhi have been training on similar wickets, the skipper said: “We practice at the nets and those wickets are also slow. When you come here, it is totally different.”