IPL: Have been working on increasing my pace, says Nortje

DUBAI: After bowling the fastest delivery in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL), Delhi Capitals‘ (DC) pacer Anrich Nortje said that he has been working on increasing his pace for two years now.
Delhi Capitals defeated Rajasthan Royals by 13 runs on Wednesday at the Dubai International Stadium. During the course of the match, Nortje bowled a delivery clocking 156.22 kmph, which turned out to be the fastest ball in the history of IPL to date.
In his very first over, Nortje cranked up the speed, but Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler played two scoops off him to register boundaries. However, the Proteas pacer came back and clean-bowled Buttler on the final delivery of the over.

“Yeah, the battle against Buttler was interesting. I know he plays the scoop shots; but when he played the first one, it took me by surprise. I did not think he will do it again, but he played the shot once again on the next delivery. He played really well, but I stuck to my strength. Obviously we saw how the wicket was playing, so I was trying to use the wicket and get some variation,” Nortje told Shikhar Dhawan in a video posted on iplt20.com.
“I did not know that I bowled the fastest delivery in IPL. I have been working on getting my pace right up there. It has been a couple of years that I have been working on it. In the end, it’s just about hitting the right length,” he added.
RR failed to chase down 162 as they were restricted to 148/8. For DC, Tushar Deshpande and Nortje took two wickets each. With this win, the Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals reclaimed their top spot in the points table.

Batting first, Delhi posted a total of 161/7 in their allotted twenty overs as Dhawan and Iyer played knocks of 57 and 53 respectively.
For the Royals, Jofra Archer returned with the best bowling figures as he finished with 3-19 in his quota of four overs. Archer got the wickets of Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane and Marcus Stoinis.

Delhi will next take on Chennai Super Kings on October 17 while Rajasthan will lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore on the same day.

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