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IPL 2021: RR vs DC: Full List of Award Winners, Man of the Match, Post-match Highlights, Prize money

Delhi Capitals beat Rajasthan Royals

Abu Dhabi, September 25: His bowlers delivering the goods yet again while defending a modest total, Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant on Saturday (September 25) gushed that his attack is one the best in the IPL 2021.

The Delhi bowling unit, comprising the likes of South African pace duo of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, senior India spinner R Ashwin and Axar Patel, once again came to the team's rescue in the 33-run win against Rajasthan Royals at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here.

"If not the best, it is one of the best," Pant said at the post-match presentation. "But we like to take it as one match at a time.There's a fair bit of planning, as a team we plan according to the batters, and execute according to those plans," Pant added.

The wicketkeeper-batsman, who scored a 24 off as many deliveries, stitched a crucial 62-run partnership with Shreyas Iyer.

"I am happy with my form. As long as the team is winning, I am happy," Pant said. "We (Pant and Iyer) have batted together for a long time. He bats at three and I bat at five normally. So that helps," he added.

Rajasthan skipper Sanju Samson rued the lost chance to grab two points after restricting Delhi to a modest total.

"A target of 155 with the quality of batsmen we have, I thought it was chaseable. We had the batting to go after it. I think we will come back stronger in the next game.

"The emotions are on the higher side, we'll think about it tomorrow morning. The pitch was not that slow. It was holding up, but if we had a few wickets in hand we could have got the over the line," Samson added.

Iyer, who had missed the first leg of the tournament due to injury, was adjudged the Player of the Match for his 43 off 32 balls.

"The last five months have been hectic, but now I am feeling amazing. I have a close-knit family and friends. They motivated me, and once rehab started, my power came back quicker than I thought. I love to take on the bowlers," Iyer said.

Reflecting on his innings, Iyer said the plan was to take on the spinners. "Just decided to see how the wicket was playing and then take it from there and look to take on the spinners later."

On his partnership with Pant, Iyer said "Rishabh and I have been playing together for the last five years. It is good fun because he takes on bowlers as soon as he comes on."

The win has placed Delhi Capitals on the door step of play-offs with 16 points. So far, no team has failed to reach IPL knockouts after garnering 16 points.

Match awards (All carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh)

Super Striker: Shimron Hetmyer (Delhi Capitals)

Perfect catch: Rishabh Pant (Delhi Capitals)

Game changer of the match: Sanju Samson (Rajasthan Royals)

Let's Crack It Sixes: Shreyas Iyer (Delhi Capitals)

Power Player of the match: Anrich Nortje (Delhi Capitals)

Most Valuable Asset: Sanju Samson (Rajasthan Royals)

Man of the match: Shreyas Iyer (Delhi Capitals)

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Story first published: Saturday, September 25, 2021, 22:26 [IST]
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