Faf du Plessis:
“I thought we were pretty close to par. We thought 185 is a good score. But there was a little bit of dew in the second innings. But we have to give credit to their batters, they played really well. The pressure their batters put on the spinners led to some mistakes. We didn’t maximize out innings. At about 12 overs, we felt like 185 was a par score. Obviously, you like to have one of those big overs to take you to 200, which would have been a good score. But they made our bowlers sit back a little bit after the powerplay. We felt that we had a good enough foundation for Maxi to come in at three. Very pleased to see Lomror come in at No. 5 and play really well. It was very positive for him. Just hope that at No. 3, someone puts their hands up and scores a lot of runs. They pretty much broke the back of the chase in the first six, the way they were going.”
“Fantastic result. I think we bowled all right. I thought it was an average score. Salt and Warner got off to a good start and Marsh continued that and I thought I could hopefully knock off what’s left. What a great bunch of guys. It’s been amazing. It was a pretty tricky pitch. It was very slow and it was gripping, it was turning. I think Salt put in a blinder in the first six otherwise it was a tough wicket. We can’t lose another game so we are going out with the freedom to play the way we want to. Just keep going as far as possible and who knows, we get lucky and make the playoffs.”
“It was absolutely amazing. I thought 180 was possible. The ball started skidding on nicely. We said from the outset that we wanted to try and target Siraj. That was our intention. We knew he has been bowling really well and been their backbone so if we could just take him on, it would work in our favor. Credit to the bowlers. They have been brilliant. They defended 130 twice. We have a strong Indian bowling unit with Ishant and Khaleel. And we are looking like a good team now.”
The player of the match, unsurprisingly, is Phil Salt:
“We spoke about being positive and taking them on. We saw how good they were in Bangalore when they had their tails up. Something that’s a real strength of mine is that if I really get going I don’t take my foot off the pedal too often. We knew the wicket is a little slow and low and we knew that realistically we would slow down in the middle. I thought it was par. I thought we would have to bat really well to get there but the boys came out swinging and we got it done. [On Marsh] He came in and hit the second ball for six or something like that and put the bowlers on the back foot.”
Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Highlights today, Saturday 6-5-2023. 40th Match (N), Indian Premier League 2023, Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi.
Toss: RCB wins the toss and bat.
Delhi Capitals team: 1 David Warner (capt), 2 Phil Salt (wk), 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Rilee Rossouw, 6 Aman Khan, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Kuldeep Yadav, 9 Mukesh Kumar, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Khaleel Ahmed.
Royal Challengers Bangalore team: Faf du Plessis (capt), Virat Kohli, Anuj Rawat, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Wanindu Hasaranga, Karn Sharma, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj.
Head to Head In T20’s: 29
Delhi Capitals Won: 10
Royal Challengers Bangalore Won: 19
(last five completed Matches, most recent first)
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Match Timings: 2:00 PM GMT | 7:30 PM Local
Umpires – Rod Tucker, Yeshwant Barde
TV Umpire – Jayaraman Madanagopal
Match Referee – Manu Nayyar
Reserve Umpire – Mohamed Rafi
Match number – IPL 2023 – 50th Match