The Delhi Capitals finally had the season-long performance they desired. In the IPL 2022 points table, their win over Sunrisers Hyderabad was founded on a strong batting effort. A 122-run stand between David Warner and Rovman Powell highlighted Delhi’s earlier danger.
“I think there’s always room for improvement, but this is as close to perfect as a batting group,” Rishabh Pant said post-match. On his own, he got to 26 but couldn’t convert a start. But DC got plenty of positives from the game, particularly Anrich Nortje and Mitchell Marsh’s ball returns.
The team put on a great batting display, with a top-order batter eventually scoring a run. David Warner’s 92 against his previous team needed “no extra motivation,” according to the batter. But Rovman Powell’s powerhitting left him breathless.
“The humidity in Mumbai made it difficult, and I was getting older. Rovman on the other end…got he’s significant strength to clear fences, and I’m delighted he was there “Warner deflected the compliment to his teammate.
“I was backing up near the end, but I was trying to run too fast. He smashes them hard and they travel far “Warner yelled. “Look at Livo [Liam Livingstone] – 117m – these guys are tearing down fences. As I age, I must return to the gym. I’m only hitting 85m and I need to hit 100m “Warner was not out on 92 after encouraging Powell. He didn’t get a chance to score a century in the final over from Umran Malik, but Powell did. 3 fours and a 6
“I asked Warner for a single to try and achieve a hundred early in the over, but he answered “Listen, that’s not how our cricket is played.” I should smash it hard and far, which I did “Powell joked.
Warner and Powell both felt that the Brabourne surface was ideal for batting, and Powell proposed a simple concept for such a pitch.
“It’s just that you plan for slower balls and yorkers. The wicket is decent enough to hit through the line when the fast ball comes. So it was just preparation for the yorker and slower ball “Powell.
After talking to Rishabh Pant, he was moved up to No. 5 in the line-up, which also helped him.
“I spoke with Rishabh. He asked me where I wanted to bat in my room. “Just believe me, I’ll bat at No.5” I assure him. My ability to play spin has improved, I’m batting spin better, and I know I can bat fast. So I advise him to believe me at 5. Give me a chance to bat the first 15-20 balls as I want to bat them. Then I’ll maximize the next 20 balls “Powell remarked at the inning break.
“So I went into the IPL knowing I was in great shape and had put in a lot of training. I had a rough start to the IPL. Then I kept going, “he added after the game, “I explained to Rishabh. Yes, I was disappointed to bat at 8, but that is the nature of the game. In whatever situation, you must perform at your best. They came to a conclusion and made a strategy, and I’m starting to bat earlier now.”