Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer said his otherwise exceptional bowlers “lost their lead on the power play” after a disastrous start preventing them from scoring a tough total in the IPL final against the Mumbai Indians.
The loss of three early wickets pushed the Capitals back as they could only score a modest 156 for seven.
MI skipper Rohit Sharma then led his team to a comfortable victory with his magnificent half-century. They ran 61 to 1 in the first six overs which set a solid foundation for an easy chase.
“It’s just the fatigue that maybe crept in, the bowlers just lost it in the Powerplay,” said Iyer disappointed in the post-game press conference.
The DC captain said he doesn’t regret his decision to beat first. After being reduced to 22 for 3, Iyer (65 of 50) and Rishabh Pant (56 of 38) sewed 96 stitches for the fourth wicket in order to stabilize the sleeves.
“I thought it was a very good decision (beat first). When you go into the final it is very important to start well and that is what we were missing in this game. Obviously, there was pressure to get a good score in the Powerplay.
We had already lost three wickets, so it was important to score points and save wickets at the same time, ”he said.
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“I think we hit a very decent total in the Powerplay and after that we capitalized there and got a decent total up to the 15th I guess, but after that it all came down.
Iyer praised his bowling unit despite a day off in the summit clash. He chose purple cap winner Kagiso Rabada (30 wickets in 17 games) and veteran Ravichandran Ashwin.
“Well, they (the bowlers) have always been exceptional. KG getting the purple cap, setting an example for all the bowlers on the team. Also Ashwin, he has a great mind and he knows the strategies quite well.
“A lot of positives to take from this series and I’m really happy with the overall performance in this league. Definitely a lot to take away and come back stronger next season, ”he said.
Analyzing DC’s performance this year, Iyer highlighted some gray areas that he feels the team need to work on heading into next season.
“We ran out of starts in most of the games. We lost wickets quite early in the majority of games, so this is an area we need to work on going forward.
“We also need to strategize our bowling plans because we disclosed a lot of points in the Powerplay, especially in the second half of the season. It wasn’t the best bowling we’ve done, ”he says.
“But I’m really happy with what we’ve achieved this season. Obviously the majority of things are going to be the same next season.