Delhi Capitals bowlers gave away 99 runs in the final seven overs out of which 60 came off the last four. Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan launched a brilliant counter-attack to take their team to 200 and take away the advantage from Delhi Capitals.
Meanwhile, their coach Ricky Ponting has lamented the poor execution from his bowlers at the death, which has cost them a place in their first-ever IPL final. In his post-match press-conference, Ponting pointed out the lack of consistency from his bowlers in the death overs.
Ricky Ponting Laments His Team’s Poor Execution In Death Overs
Delhi Capitals ended up leaking 78 runs in the last five overs. From being at 140 for 5 at the start of the 17th over, Mumbai posted a mammoth total of 200 after their 20. Ricky Ponting stated that the plan was clear but the players failed to execute perfectly.
“Our execution in the last four to five overs was miles off where we needed it to be. We continuously fed Hardik Pandya where he wants the ball, even Ishan Kishan kept getting away from us and he has played well in all the games we have played against MI, so far in this season.
We felt that we had planned very well. Our meetings have been as clear and as concise as it has been throughout the tournament but under pressure our execution today was miles off,” said a dejected Ponting.
Ricky Ponting said that Mumbai executed their plans better than Delhi Capitals which is why they ended up winning the game. He concluded by saying that they need to find ways to get better, They have a three-day break in which they will come up with a better plan knowing who their opponents will be in the second qualifier.
“They executed better than us, as simple as that, right through the game with all aspects of the game, they were better than us and they outplayed us. Three wins they had over us so far in the tournament” he said.
“We have a couple of days before our next challenge and we will wait and see who our opponents are going to be tomorrow. As a group, we have got to dig really deep and try and find ways to get better in a short period of time,” Ricky Ponting concluded.