After registering a 17-run win over SunRisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Delhi Capitals all-rounder Marcus Stoinis said that if the side is able to play their best cricket in the finals, then it should be good enough for them to win the tournament.
Kagiso Rabada took four wickets while Marcus Stoinis scalped three wickets as Delhi Capitals defended a total of 189 runs to progress to the finals of the Indian Premier League. The side will now take on Mumbai Indians in the finals on Tuesday, November 10 at the Dubai International Stadium.
This is the first time that Delhi has progressed to the finals of the IPL. For SunRisers, Kane Williamson played a knock of 67 runs.
“I am looking forward to going to the change room to see how everyone is going, it is a nice feeling right now knowing we have made the finals. The preparations for the finals will be the same, it is important to stick to your strategy when these important games coming up. Mumbai have been consistent throughout this season and they have beaten us twice, but I think if we play our best cricket, it should be good enough,” said Stoinis during the post-match press conference.
Talking about his bowling, Stoinis said: “Bowling in this format is always hard, it is about the planning before you reach the ground, you speak to the captain and coach, it is also important to stick to your strengths, in T20 matches, you are not always trying to take a wicket, you are also trying to control the run-rate which eventually leads to wickets.”
Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan and Shimron Hetmyer played knocks of 78 and 42 respectively as Delhi Capitals posted a total of 189/3 in the allotted twenty overs.
Speaking about Dhawan’s performance this season, Stoinis said: “Shikhar has been unbelievable this season, he has made two centuries, even when he has missed out, he has timed the ball really well. He has really led the way for us this season, he is a leader and he brings a lot of energy to our team. He has been really good to me and I am proud of him. Hopefully, he has another big knock in him for the finals.”
In the final four overs, Delhi Capitals managed to add 44 more runs to their total and as a result, the side posted a score of more than the 180-run mark. For Delhi, Shikhar Dhawan was the top-scorer as he played a knock of 78 runs, while Hetmyer remained unbeaten on 42.
Stoinis was promoted to open the batting for Delhi in the match against SunRisers and he was able to play a knock of 38 runs off 27 balls.
Talking about his innings, Stoinis said: “Ricky had spoken to me a couple of times about the possibility of me opening the batting for Delhi. It just worked out this game, earlier I batted at number three, but it did not work out when we were chasing 220 against SunRisers, but fortunately, it worked out in Qualifier 2.”
For SRH, Jason Holder, Sandeep Sharma, and Rashid Khan took one wicket each.