By India Today Sports Desk: Delhi Capitals captain David Warner on Tuesday heaped praise on his old warhorse Ishant Sharma, who stepped up and delivered in their thrilling final-over win over Gujarat Titans. Ishant not just took a wicket in the powerplay but thrived when Warner handed him the responsibility of bowling the final over in a tense chase at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Bought for Rs 50 lakh late in the auction, Ishant Sharma has made a fine comeback to the IPL, picking up 6 wickets in 4 matches at an economy rate of just over 6 runs per over. Ishant had to wait for his opportunity as Delhi were struggling with 5 defeats on the row. However, the 34-year-old has proved he is far from finished in IPL 2023.
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Ishant had only 12 runs to defend against two of the most dangerous finishers in T20 cricket – Rahul Tewatia and Hardik Pandya. Tewatia had pummeled express pacer Anrich Nortje for 3 sixes in the last 3 deliveries of the 19th over and was ready to take Gujarat Titans past the finish line for yet another time. GT vs DC, IPL 2023 Highlights
However, Ishant mixed it up wonderfully well, giving away just 3 runs, including a dot ball, in the first 3 balls of the final over. After bowling a wide Yorker to Tewatia, he banged one short to the left-hander, who was caught at covers.
Ishant gave away just 6 runs in the final over, helping Delhi Capitals seal a 5-run win and keep their IPL 2023 playoffs chances alive.
"With Ishant forever getting younger and coming out and delivering, it's amazing to see him. How much did he hold his nerves there at the end, credit to him. I was nervous there when Tewatia was going off. He's renowned for that, he always hits the ball nice and clean towards the back end. Our best death bowler at the end has been Anrich. I passed the ball to him. Ishant was so clear with what he wanted to execute and he was able to do that," Warner said after Delhi Capitals' 3rd win of the season.
WARNER NOT ENTIRELY HAPPY
However, Warner was not happy with the misfiring batting order despite Delhi Capitals' win.
After a stunning new-ball burst from Mohammed Shami, who took 4 for 7 in his first 3 overs, Delhi Capitals, who were without Mitchell Marsh, were reduced to 23 for 5.
None of the batters found answers to Shami's brilliance while David Warner was run-out in the powerplay.
However, Aman Hakim Khan hit 51 from 44 balls with support from Axar Patel (27) and Ripal Patel (21) to help Delhi post 130, which in the end, proved to be a winning total.
"We just keep finding ways to lose wickets in clumps. Another runout. I just don't know what's happening with our batting at the moment. We tried to have positive intent today. It didn't come off. But look, we won and got the two points," Warner added.
Delhi Capitals will next face Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday, May 6 in Delhi.
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