Delhi Capitals (DC) are currently playing against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 41st match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in Sharjah. While KKR bowlers did quite well, Ravichandran Ashwin was seen having a heated argument with KKR pacer, Tim Southee and Eoin Morgan in the last over of the first innings.
After winning the toss, the KKR captain, Eoin Morgan asked Delhi to bat. KKR bowlers started well by dismissing in-form Shikhar Dhawan in the powerplay only. While the middle-order failed miserably, it was the captain Rishabh Pant who held the fort from an end, scoring 39 runs off 36 balls.
However, the incident took place on the first delivery of the final over bowled by Tim Southee. Ravichandran Ashwin came down the track and decided to hit a pull shot and go for a six. The ball went up in the air and Nitish Rana took the catch at the deep backward square.
And, soon after his dismissal, some heated words were seen getting exchanged between Tim Southee and Ravichandran Ashwin followed by Morgan’s involvement as well. However, Dinesh Karthik then decided to intervene and managed to part away both Morgan and Ashwin from each other.
Not an easy surface to bat – Steve Smith
Speaking at the end of the first innings, Steve Smith stated that the wicket didn’t favour the batters and it was difficult to play the shots.
After the first innings, Steve Smith said: “Not an easy surface to play on. With the new ball, the only boundaries we got was when they overpitched or Shikhar sort of made it into a half-volley. When you bowl that good, hard length, some are skidding a bit low and some are stopping on the surface. As the ball got a little bit older, it just held up and took a bit of spin as well.”
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He continued: “We were probably looking for somewhere between 140 and 150, we are below that but hopefully we can take a few early wickets, put some pressure on, squeeze through the middle and scrape throughout the whole 20. Our boys have been bowling exceptionally well, so hopefully we can start really well. It’s just one of those wickets where you have to scrape and it’s not an easy one to hit boundaries. We didn’t hit a single six and that’s pretty rare here in Sharjah. There was no real swing there, cross-seam and just rolling your fingers over the ball, slower balls and just good hard length, keep things pretty simple and just keep scrapping throughout the whole 20 overs.”