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Mishra snared four wickets as Delhi produced a disciplined bowling performance to restrict Mumbai to a below-par 137 for nine after they were 67 for 2 in 7 overs.
“Actually, when we started, we were a little under pressure. Mishy bhai (Amit Mishra) brought us back into the game,” Pant said at the post-match presentation.
“The bowlers did a fantastic job to stop them for 138 runs, because, yes, it is a low-scoring match but still it is a difficult pitch to bat on.”
Mishra was ably supported by Avesh Khan (2/15), Lalit Yadav (1/17), Marcus Stoinis (1/20) and Kagiso Rabada (1/25).
Pant said they planned to restrict the opposition to 140-150, which he believed was chasable target on this two-paced wicket.
“As we like to talk it into the group that we will keep it simple, will take one match at a time. So, we were thinking that we are going to restrict them at at-least 140-150, then we can chase that target,” Pant said.
Chasing the total, Shikhar Dhawan scored a 42-ball 45 and added 53 runs with Steve Smith (33) for the second wicket.
Once they back in the hut, Lalit Yadav (22) and Shimron Hetmyer (14) held their nerves to take DC home in 19.1 overs.
“From the first match (here), we’ve learnt that if you keep wickets in hand, you can chase any target in this wicket,” said Pant after his side registered its third win from four games.
That winning feeling 😀Good way to the start the Chennai leg with a win against the defending Champions. We keep go… https://t.co/neAya2QeSP
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Yadav, who also took one wicket in his four overs, was impressive in the field and Pant described him as a “great Indian player” who they are “trying to groom”.
“He can do wonders for us on a wicket like this,” Pant said.
Losing skipper Rohit Sharma conceded that his middle-order needed to bat better.
“After the start we got we should have batted better in the middle overs. It is happening time and again. We aren’t able to capitalize on our starts and we need to understand as a batting unit,” said Rohit, who made a quick-fire 44.
“But you have to give credit to the Delhi bowlers, they kept it tight and kept taking wickets,” added Rohit, who said his injury was only a niggle and it should be fine.