Delhi Capitals encounter their first defeat of IPL 2021 when they went down against Rajasthan Royals in a close encounter. Meanwhile, head coach Ricky Ponting was seen motivating the players in the dressing room, the clip of which has now gone viral on social media.
Defending a total of 148, Delhi shocked Rajasthan early by dismissing some key batsmen with a score of 42 for 5. However, they lost the plot as the game came close to a glaring finish. Rajasthan Royals recovered well with a half-century from David Miller. However, the South African’s dismissal for 62 helped Delhi come back in the match again. With 27 needed from two overs, Chris Morris smashed four sixes during his knock of 36 runs off 18 balls and guided Rajasthan home in this thriller.
Ricky Ponting gives a motivating speech
Speaking at the end of the game Ricky Ponting motivated his players with an inspiring speech. The former Aussie skipper, who has been with the Delhi squad for the past three seasons, praised the side for keeping the contest alive for most of the match.
“What we talk about around this group is never being beaten right and keeping ourselves in the contest and we did that magnificently tonight”, said Ricky Ponting in the video released by Delhi Capitals social media team.
“In fact, up until about the 16th over mark, I thought we had them, and that says a lot about us as a group. No matter how badly we play, until they hit the winning run, we are never out of the game”, he added.
Watch the video here:
📽️ | @RickyPonting's Dressing Room speech after #RRvDC 👉🏻 Leave it to the Boss to lift up the spirits of the DC boys with all the positives from an absolute thriller 💙#YehHaiNayiDilli #IPL2021 pic.twitter.com/JRAkkSssE7
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Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals will look to return to winning ways as they lock horns with Punjab Kings at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai later tonight. They are currently in the fourth spot with two points under their belt in IPL 2021.