(On how much it turned) It was about restricting them to a decent total. They got a little bit more than what I thought. Prabhsimran batted well. A few dropped chances cost us a few runs. After the way we started and then losing six for 30, you are not going to win many games. You have to play with pride, belief in yourself and play with freedom. Another disappointing effort with the bat after the start we had. (On the number of changes DC have had this season) I think we found the right combination but we keep losing 4-5 wickets in the middle and that is something you cannot do at this level.
I was thinking where the game was going (after the powerplay). The way we brought the game back was amazing. Credit goes to the spinners and then the fast bowlers for closing it out. It was an amazing knock (by Prabhsimran). I rate this knock quite high, playing that sort of a knock with that high strike-rate and the shots he has played against the turn as well – it was amazing. Because of that innings, we could reach that big total. (On Harpreet Brar) I have confidence in him and I asked him to bowl more at the stumps.
The way he stood up and took those wickets, especially getting those left-handers out, it was very big. (On seeing the youngsters perform and if it reminds him of his younger days) I am still young (laughs). I don’t feel that I am feeling old, when I am with them, I behave like them only. I like how the boys have taken responsibility. I am very happy with the way they are growing. (On what lies ahead in the IPL) This win gives us a lot of confidence. We know that we have to win both matches. We have to stay calm and focussed because staying calm and being focussed works for us.
Prabhsimran Singh, Player of the Match:
I was not thinking a lot. Just when the wickets fell early, I wanted to bat deeper. (Confidence of domestic form) I have been with the team for a long time and I have learnt a lot from my seniors. I was just trying to grab my opportunity. The wicket was a little difficult because it was turning. I was thinking to build a partnership with Sam and then wanted to target the bowlers. Very important knock for me, I was waiting for this for a long time. Whenever I talk to the seniors, they tell me to make it big. (On his celebration) That is my celebration in domestic cricket also. You could say I was conversing with the almighty and probably also with the team management.
Punjab Kings vs Delhi Capitals Highlights today, Saturday 13-6-2023. 59th Match (N), Indian Premier League 2023, Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi.
Toss: Capitals chose to field.
Punjab Kings team: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prabhsimran Singh, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Sikandar Raza, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rishi Dhawan, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh
Delhi Capitals team: David Warner (c), Phil Salt (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Rilee Rossouw, Axar Patel, Aman Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Dubey, Mukesh Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed
Head to Head In T20’s: 30
Punjab Kings Won: 15
Delhi Capitals Won: 15
(last five completed Matches, most recent first)
Punjab Kings LWWLW
Delhi Capitals LWWLW
Match Timings: 2:00 PM GMT | 7:30 PM Local
Umpires – Chris Gaffaney, Nikhil Patwardhan
TV Umpire – Sadashiv Iyer
Match Referee – Sanjay Verma
Reserve Umpire – Mohit Krishnadas
Match number – IPL 2023 – 59th Match
IPL Points Table
Pitch and weather: Delhi is one of only three venues this season, along with Lucknow and Guwahati, that are yet to produce a 200-plus total. While conditions in Delhi have not been as bowler-friendly as those in Lucknow, where teams have scored at an average run rate of 7.10, they haven’t been the most batter-friendly either. Only Lucknow, Hyderabad and Chennai have produced a lower run rate than Delhi’s 8.65 so far.