Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting feels South African pacer Anrich Nortje is simply a few spells away from being match prepared and expressed optimism over his availability for his or her subsequent IPL sport in opposition to Lucknow Tremendous Giants on April 7. Nortje has been out of aggressive cricket since final November’s T20 World Cup as a consequence of a again and hip harm.
“Nortje bowled 100 per cent this morning (Saturday) within the warm-ups. He has to get via one other perhaps 4 or five-over spell at 100 per cent capability after which I feel if he will get clearance from Cricket South Africa, he ought to be proper to go.
“We now have obtained a couple of extra days earlier than our subsequent sport, so hopefully he’s out there for choice for that one,” Ponting stated on the digital post-match press convention after dropping by 14 runs in opposition to Gujarat Titans on Saturday night time.
Requested in regards to the availability of Australian duo of David Warner and Mitchell Marsh, who’s nursing a hip harm, Ponting stated: “David Warner has arrived in Mumbai. He left early yesterday morning I imagine, so he ought to be there after we get again to Mumbai tonight.
“Mitchell Marsh has been in Mumbai for a couple of days, clearly getting his quarantine accomplished. I feel he is perhaps out of quarantine tomorrow truly,” he stated.
“We hope that he (Marsh) goes to be out there for the sport on tenth (in opposition to Kolkata Knight Riders). He picked up that slight hip flexor pressure in Pakistan. So we have to get numerous therapy work into him and clearly a couple of good coaching classes earlier than he’s out there for choice.
“However fingers crossed, Davey ought to be there for the subsequent sport and Mitch Marsh for the sport after.” DC coach stated the 172-run goal was a chaseable one however early wickets damage their trigger in opposition to Titans.
Chasing, DC have been diminished to 34 for 3 inside 5 overs by Titans on the MCA Stadium.
“On this wicket, on this floor, we thought it was a really, very chaseable complete,” Ponting stated.
“Sadly for us, for the second sport in succession we have been behind the eight-ball early. There have been a couple of too many fairly tender dismissals from our batsmen tonight.
“In case you are dropping three wickets within the powerplay, it is actually laborious to win video games from there. We all know that, the stats say that, they’ve stated that proper via the historical past of T20 cricket. That is definitely one space that we obtained to get higher at, getting via that powerplay. None or one down can be a pleasant begin to a run chase.” The lack of early wickets, however, DC have been in nice place to chase down the goal, needing 54 runs off the final six overs with skipper Rishabh Pant and Rovman Powell on the crease.
“There in all probability was just a little little bit of panic. At no stage did the run fee exit of hand and that is what in all probability makes it a extra disappointing loss than it in all probability appears to be like on the scoreboard,” Ponting stated.
“We had Rishabh in the course of a extremely good innings. Rovman Powell had simply gone out. If these two had been out to bat collectively for two-three extra overs, I feel we’d have gained the sport. However we weren’t ok to do it.” Titans quick bowler Lockie Ferguson, who returned with match-winning figures of 4 for 28, stated his focus was solely on bowling in the appropriate areas.
“There was little little bit of nip within the pitch. My job was fairly easy to bowl in the appropriate areas and attempt to discover the nip off the pitch,” he stated.
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