- Sunrisers Hyderabad (131/5) beat Delhi Capitals (129/8) by 5 wickets
- DC dropped to 6th in the points table after losing their back-to-back games
- Ponting said Kotla’s curator had made them believe that this was their best wicket
Delhi Capitals failed to read their own pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Thursday which ultimately led to a crushing defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League.
Coach Ricky Ponting thought the ground-staff dished out the worst pitch out of the three matches played at the Kotla in the season so far.
Delhi were restricted to 129 for 8 after being put into bat with captain Shreyas Iyer’s 43 being the highest score in their batting lineup.
The slow pitch favoured the bowlers and SRH have always had plenty of firepower in that department which they showcased in Delhi as Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Nabi and Siddharth Kaul took two wickets each while Rashid Khan and Sandeep Sharma struck once each for the visitors.
The Sunrisers in reply, got off to a great start thanks to Jonny Bairstow and David Warner’s 64-run opening partnership which took the sting out of Delhi’s bowling attack.
Bairstow smashed 48 off 28 balls including 9 boundaries and did the bulk of the scoring early on. The rest of the SRH batsmen were then able to finish the job without any fuss as Nabi finished the match with a six to remain unbeaten on 17.
Speaking after the game, DC head coach Ricky Ponting revealed how the curator had made the team believe that this was their best wicket.
“I thought they bowled smartly on that wicket. That wicket surprised us a lot. Talking to the groundsmen before the game, he thought that was our best pitch. By far and away it was our worst. You saw how little it bounced and how slow it was. I thought their bowlers adapted well to the conditions.
“They have very skillful bowlers in those conditions as they bowl knuckle balls and slower balls. Nabi also did a good job for them in the powerplay. We knew we needed to get off to a good start and unfortunately we didn’t do that. We got some work to do. This is our home ground and we need to learn to play in these conditions better than the opposition. We definitely have to improve,” Ponting said.
But Ponting went on to add that while nobody would want to play SRH on a wicket like the one on Thursday, the home team will also need to adapt accordingly and the team composition will have to be done keeping in mind the low and slow Kotla wicket.
“At the end of the day it is the same pitch for both teams. But, if you ask me would I want to play Sunrisers on that type of pitch, that wicket absolutely suits them down to the ground. They have great spinners and all their seamers bowl slower balls. And if you bowl slower balls on this wicket, it is not possible to hit.
“But if the wickets are going to be like this, we need to think about our selection as well. Maybe our bowlers weren’t best suited to that wicket. It wasn’t as we expected, it wasn’t what the groundsmen told us it will be,” he rued.