The Delhi Capitals needed to defend 13 runs in the final over and speedster Mukesh Kumar ensured that his team crossed the line by conceding just five runs. Speaking about his performance, the fast bowler said, “I always dreamt of winning a match for Delhi Capitals in the last over and that’s what I tried to do.”
“I wanted to make full use of the opportunity when I was told that I would bowl the last over. I held my nerve and focused on my target. I just wanted to win the match for Delhi Capitals and it didn’t matter to me if I didn’t get wickets.
“I wanted to find a way to not concede a boundary in the final delivery. I’ll look to replicate this performance in the future,” the Bihar-born pacer added. The performance was even more commendable as the 29-year-old did not take any wicket and had spend 22 runs from his first two overs.
The Delhi Capitals were in a spot of bother when they were reduced to 62/5 in the eighth over. However, Manish Pandey and Axar Patel strung a 69-run partnership to help the team post a respectable total.
Speaking about the partnership, the fast bowler said, “We lost five wickets in quick succession, but Sarfaraz and I thought that 140-150 would be enough on the wicket in Hyderabad. Axar and Manish’s partnership was very crucial for us.”
The Delhi Capitals will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in their next match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi on Saturday.
(With input from Delhi Capitals release)
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