IPL 2021: Rishabh Pant gives below-par performance, DC fail to get over the line against RCB

DC vs RCB, IPL 2021: Rishabh Pant gives below-par performance, Delhi Capitals fail to get over the line against Royal Challengers Bangalore
DC vs RCB, IPL 2021: Rishabh Pant gives below-par performance, Delhi Capitals fail to get over the line against Royal Challengers Bangalore

DC vs RCB, IPL 2021: With two set batsmen batting on 50+ scores, not in the wildest dreams would anyone believe that the batting side would fail to get 14 runs off the last over. But Delhi Capitals’ 1-run loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Narendra Modi Stadium was the perfect example. DC captain Rishabh Pant batting on 47 entered the last over and could only score 11 including two boundaries while Shimron Hetmyer, who was scoring at 212.00 strike rate remained a mute spectator from the other end as Delhi failed to get the required 2 runs to win. Pant was visibly displeased with his effort.

DC vs RCB, IPL 2021: Below par Rishabh Pant big reason for Delhi Capitals loss, captain admits ‘his fault’

“I should have taken the team home. I’m disappointed with my own effort. It was a very close match and we should have won this,” Rishabh Pant told the host broadcasters after the match

“Obviously feeling disappointed, especially when you are on the losing side. They got 10-15 runs extra on this wicket. Hetty (Shimron Hetmyer) played a brilliant innings. Because of him, we got close to the target. In the last over, we were thinking whoever gets the ball has to finish the job for the team. That’s what we were planning. In the end, we were one run short. We counted the overs really well,” Rishabh Pant added.

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DC vs RCB, IPL 2021: Below par Rishabh Pant big reason for Delhi Capitals loss, captain admits ‘his fault’

– He failed to create any momentum in his innings
– Could not score 14 runs of last 6 balls
– Failed to play big shots when the team required him to
– He scored at a below-par strike rate of 120.83

DC vs RCB, IPL 2021: Below par Rishabh Pant big reason for Delhi Capitals loss, captain admits ‘his fault’

For his part, Rishabh Pant should be admired for anchoring the innings when Delhi Capitals were down 47/3 with Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw and Steve Smith all returning to the dugout. Soon, another big hitter Marcus Stoinis was also sent back. Rishabh Pant played a responsible knock of 58 runs.

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However, being the captain of the side and a batsman who plays explosive knocks, he should take the blame for not getting to the finish line on Tuesday. In the last over, Mohammed Siraj failed to land his yorker and Pant could only score a single out of the full-toss ball. With Hetmyer on strike and in explosive form, he should have been left to do the job, but Pant took the responsibility on himself.

After Hetmyer gave a single back to Pant, the left-hander saw off a yorker, failing to take control of Ssiraj’s delivery. The fourth ball of the over was a full-length delivery and Pant again failed to send it to the boundary, taking two runs. The last two balls went for fours but it wasn’t enough for Pant or Delhi Capitals to reach the target as they fell 1 run short of the par score.

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Ricky Ponting, Delhi Capitals’ coach said while he was disappointed, it would serve as a learning for all the players including Rishabh Pant.

“I’m sure Rishabh will learn a lot about himself. I’m sure all the players getting in those sort of situations where every run counts and every ball counts will also learn a lot. That’s certainly what I will be talking to the boys about how important that one ball or one run can be,” Ricky Ponting said at the post-match press conference.

“When you lose a game by 1 run, it’s pretty hard to say that one individual was the difference. At the end of the day, we lost and obviously, I’m disappointed and the whole team will be disappointed. But at the same time, I’m extremely proud of the way we fought at the game. With 4-5 overs to go, we were a long way off the target. But something special from Hetmyer came up and got us to the point where we could win in the last over,” Ponting added.

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