DUBAI: Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting believes that taking part in effectively within the second half of IPL will likely be an even bigger problem because the tracks within the UAE will get slower.
Citing as instance their win in opposition to Rajasthan Royals final Wednesday, he mentioned any rating within the area of 160 may show to be a very good whole.
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Delhi Capitals are closing in on a play-off berth with 12 factors from eight video games and one other two wins from the subsequent six matches will put them by means of to the ultimate week of the match.
“One factor I’ve been telling the boys proper from the beginning of this match is that I would like us taking part in our greatest cricket within the again half of the match, not essentially within the entrance half of the match,” Ponting mentioned.
He was talking on the eve of his group’s return-leg match in opposition to Chennai Tremendous Kings.
The previous Australian captain had predicted earlier than the beginning that pitches would are likely to get slower because the match progresses. He was proper.
“The pitches have noticeably began to decelerate a bit bit — I believe even the RR sport with them not managing to chase 160 on these grounds (proved that).
“I believe what all of us felt once we got here right here was that perhaps for the primary half of the match, chasing may need been simpler due to the little bit of dew and likewise due to the little little bit of extra grass on the wickets…
“…As a result of we thought they’re going to protect the wickets a bit bit for the again half of the match, however chasing has been exhausting proper from the beginning,” he mentioned.
Ponting admitted that batting first was comparatively simpler in the course of the first month of the occasion.
“I believe all of the video games we have received, we have truly received batting first. So I believe that may regularly get a bit more durable to bat on,” Ponting mentioned.
The Australian nice additionally spoke about his group’s probabilities of making it to the play-offs.
“Sure, issues are wanting good at this stage of the season, however I’m by no means the one to try to look too far forward as a result of I understand how rapidly the IPL can flip round.
“We now have seen groups prior to now have six wins from their first six video games, after which not go on to make the playoffs. So we’ll maintain a lid on issues, and I nonetheless assume we’re six wins from eight video games, however most likely have not performed our greatest cricket but both,” he expressed.
For Ponting, the important thing to win shut matches is to take them deep and be within the sport so long as attainable.
“One factor I’ve been telling the boys is – in the event you can simply maintain yourselves within the sport, and maintain combating then we would be capable of pull some wins out of video games which we most likely should not win – in opposition to RR was one such sport.
“I simply love seeing the boys struggle like that for each win as a result of as we all know, within the IPL, (it) just isn’t simple to win video games, so to pinch a sport like that was a terrific outcome for the boys,” added the 45-year-old.
He was ecstatic after Capitals beat Royals by 14 runs regardless of being down and out until the 15th over, after which the pacers introduced them again within the sport.
“I do are likely to get a bit bit emotional within the dugout. I believe the principle motive I get emotional is as a result of I care a lot concerning the outcomes for this group.
“We put in a whole lot of exhausting work, and you recognize, all that planning and preparation comes right down to what the boys do on match day, so I do get fairly closely concerned – however final time (in opposition to RR) extra so as a result of we began the sport actually poorly – misplaced a wicket off the primary ball and Jinks (Ajinkya Rahane) obtained out quickly after.”
Commenting on the problem that Chennai may throw at his facet, Ponting mentioned they will not be taking the three-time champions evenly.
“We now have performed each group as soon as and Rajasthan twice now, and Chennai additionally the second time now. Look, you may’t take anybody with no consideration on this match.
“They have been confirmed performers – they’ve most likely been one of the best group within the IPL since day 1, so if you’ve obtained guys like Watson, Dhoni, Jadeja and Faf within the facet, you may’t take them evenly,” mentioned the pinnacle coach.