Delhi Capitals are sitting at the top of the points table at the moment with 12 points from eight games. However, their coach Ricky Ponting said that the second phase of the tournament will be more tougher than the first one, given the changing nature of the pitches in all three venues. With the pitches changing, scores in between 160 to 170 will be winning scores said, Ponting. He cited their game against Rajasthan Royals as a perfect kind of game in the second phase of the season.
“The pitches have noticeably started to slow down a little bit — I think even the RR game with them not managing to chase 160 on these grounds (proved that). I think what we all felt when we came here was that maybe for the first half of the tournament, chasing might have been easier because of the bit of dew and also because of the little bit of more grass on the wickets”.
He further said that chasing in UAE has been tough right from the start of the IPL season. The DC coach further said that he thought that wickets would be saved for the latter half of the tournament but isn’t. He further opined on Delhi’s chances of making it to the IPL 2020 Playoffs.
“Yes, things are looking good at this stage of the season, but I am never the one to try and look too far ahead because I know how quickly the IPL can turn around” Ponting said.
Ricky Ponting Keeping Mum on Playoff Chances
Ponting said that that he would no be too excited thinking about his team’s chances because teams often do not end up reaching the next stage despite playing well in the first half.
“We have seen teams in the past have six wins from their first six games, and then not go on to make the playoffs. So we’ll keep a lid on things, and I still think we’re six wins from eight games, but probably haven’t played our best cricket yet either,” he further expressed.
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