An all-round performance by the Delhi Capitals saw them advance to their maiden Indian Premier League final. DC ended Sunriser Hyderabad‘s four-game winning streak to book a title clash against Mumbai Indians. Defending a total of 189, DC comfortably sealed the game by 17 runs as Kagiso Rabada registered a four-wicket haul and Marcus Stoinis scalped three wickets.
Shikhar Dhawan‘s explosive 78 and Stoinis’ 38 at the top of the order gave DC the perfect start they have been longing for this season. To top off a perfect first innings, Shimron Hetmyer smashed 42 off 22 balls to propel Delhi to a strong total. SRH’s Kane Williamson scored a gritty 67 but wasn’t able to take his side home as he fell prey to Stoinis in the 18th over.
It is a nice feeling
Stoinis is glad to have contributed both with the bat and ball in the crucial game. The Aussie all rounder shares that the preparations for their maiden IPL final will be more or less same. He adds that their best cricket should be enough to earn them their first IPL title.
“I am looking forward to going to the change room to see how everyone is going, it is a nice feeling right now knowing we have made the finals. The preparations for the finals will be the same, it is important to stick to your strategy when these important games coming up. Mumbai have been consistent throughout this season and they have beaten us twice, but I think if we play our best cricket, it should be good enough,” said Stoinis during the post-match press conference.
Stoinis finished with impressive figures of 3 for 26 as he scalped the crucial wickets of Manish Pandey and Williamson. Speaking about his bowling, Stoinis shares that it is all about planning and keeping the runs in check.
“Bowling in this format is always hard, it is about the planning before you reach the ground, you speak to the captain and coach, it is also important to stick to your strengths, in T20 matches, you are not always trying to take a wicket, you are also trying to control the run-rate which eventually leads to wickets.”