Ruturaj Gaikwad on Lose vs DC

Ruturaj Gaikwad on Lose vs DC:

After captain Rishabh Pant (51 runs) regained the momentum by scoring a half-century, Delhi Capitals defeated defending champion Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 20 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2024) match here on Sunday. Opened my account in this session. Delhi Capitals, who had lost the last two matches, scored five points with Pant's half-century after a 93-run partnership for the first wicket between David Warner (52 runs) and Prithvi Shaw (43 runs). A competitive score of 191 runs was made on the wicket. Pant, who was returning from the tournament after being seriously injured in a car accident in December 2022, was the center of attraction with his 32-ball half-century in which he hit four fours and three sixes.

While chasing the target, CSK was given the initial blow by fast bowler Khalil Ahmed (2 wickets for 21 runs) from which the team could not recover and could only score 171 runs for six wickets. This is CSK's first defeat in three matches this season.

Captain Ruturaj Gaikwad said on the defeat 

I think I was very happy with the way they (bowlers) came back after the start (powerplay). It was a good effort to restrict them to 191. The pitch was in better condition in the first innings. There was extra seam movement and spongy bounce in the second innings. I thought he (Rachin) was missing by a big margin. We couldn't progress in the first three overs and that was the difference. There was extra seam movement and we could not take advantage of it and we were always behind. We did not get a big over to reduce the run rate. In fact if there is an extra bowler in the line up to help in the powerplay. Deepak always bowls 3 overs. Even though the first four overs were good, the last two overs were expensive. After two good games you can expect the third game to be below par and there is nothing to worry about. Just two or three hits here and there, if we had stopped one or two boundaries in the field, things could have been different.