By India Today Sports Desk: Delhi Capitals pacer Anrich Nortje has apologised to Kuldeep Yadav for the team's sloppy fielding against Punjab Kings on Wednesday, 17 May. Delhi dropped two catches off Kuldeep Yadav on the day, which did not let the spinner to register any wickets against PBKS despite being the best bowler on the day. However, that did not affect the result as Punjab Kings dented their chances to reach the IPL 2023 play-offs, losing their match vs DC by 15 runs.
One of the catches was dropped by Nortje himself, while the other one was dropped by young Yash Dhull. Kuldeep registered 3-0-21-0, and should have had 2 if not three wickets on the day. Nortje spoke at the presentation ceremony after the game and said that Kuldeep Yadav was the team's standout bowler on the night and deserved to have wickets beside his name.
"I must say Kuldeep was our standout bowler tonight and we didn't help him by dropping the catches," Nortje said.
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His words were echoed by the sentiments of captain David Warner as well, who thought that Delhi were atrocious in the field.
"It was a pretty bad fielding performance first of all. We backed our strengths tonight and used the pace really well. Great win of course but I really liked the intent today after losing the toss," Warner said after the match.
Speaking about the team's performance, Nortje said that he was happy with the surface and tried to use the conditions in his favour.
"When we got here, it was nice to see some grass here and it is one of the best venues in the world. Just tried to use the conditions while we bowled. I was just trying to be focused in the death overs. Nowadays, the guys are set up for the full-paced balls. So have to use the slower ones but not too often. I can assess the conditions better while playing here in India," Nortje concluded.
The South African pacer bowled a superb penultimate over in the second innings, which helped Delhi defend 38 runs from the final 2 overs. Nortje gave just 5 runs from him, helping Delhi go into the final over with a major advantage. Ishant Sharma bowled the final over and helped Delhi register a 15 run win vs PBKS.
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