The Delhi capitals face the four-time Indian champions Mumbai for the first time in the IPL Dream11 final on Tuesday at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Competing in their first-ever Indian Premier League final, the Delhi Capitals will aim to play their “best game” in the decision maker according to head coach Ricky Ponting.
After losing all three clashes to the Mumbai Indians this season, the Delhi Capitals are heading into the final showdown as underdogs, but Ponting believes his side have the ability to end the tournament on a high note.
Speaking ahead of the final, Ponting said: “I had pretty high expectations coming here (UAE). I knew we had assembled a very good team of players. We had a good start but things got a little muddled back, but the boys managed to play two really good games out of their last three, and hopefully we can play our best game in the final.
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“Looking back, yeah, it’s been a good season, but we haven’t won anything yet – and that’s what we’re here for – we’re here to win the IPL, and we’re going to give it our best. blow, “he added. .
Reflecting on the season where his team had several ups and downs but still managed to finish second in the standings, Ponting added, “Yeah, that was a little frustrating because up to this point (four straight losses), we had played very good cricket and we were arguably the best team in the tournament. But I think some of the boys got a little complacent and it was at this point in the tournament that things started to get a little tough for everyone, but to their credit, they found a way to fight back and made it happen. very well done. a must see game against RCB, and yesterday (against SRH) was one of our best performances as well – especially with the bat. I think”
However, Ponting also issued a warning in Mumbai and said his side should not be taken lightly in Tuesday’s IPL final, saying the best is yet to come.
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“It’s not easy to get to the IPL final. There are a lot of guys who have never done one. Luckily I’ve coached one before and been on another team as a captain so I know what it’s like to be, ”he said.
“Probably the most important thing in big games like this is not to put in any effort, it’s just another game.
“We have to take advantage of that, try to embrace the extra nerves that come with the final. All we have is the right to play in the final, and now we have to go and win this final.
“Things will be pretty much the same. We have enough firepower. If Mumbai would sit there and think there was a team they wouldn’t like to play, it’s us. It’s about us, how we present ourselves and how we play, ”he said.
“We have been a long way from the best we have played against Mumbai so far. We’re going to try to deal with some of the areas we haven’t played against Mumbai in the past – at batting on the power play, bowling on death are just a few.
“So if we rectify these things and play somewhere close to our best, then we can…”