ABU DHABI: Delhi Capitals (DC) qualified for the IPL playoffs after defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday, and batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who played a key role in the match with his half-century, said that he wanted to stay till the end of the match. SCORECARD | POINTS TABLE |
Chasing 153 to win, Shikhar Dhawan and Rahane starred with the bat for Delhi as both the batsmen played knocks of 54 and 60 respectively. Rahane, who anchored the chase for Delhi, got out when his side required 18 more runs.
The right-handed batsman said his team wasn’t thinking of the target and he just wanted to finish the game. Rahane had opened in the last match but head coach Ricky Ponting had told him to bat at number three before Monday’s game.
“Ricky told me that I am going to bat at number three. It’s a good position to bat at. Our bowlers did really well for us. I enjoyed the partnership with Shikhar. The communication between us was all about intent,” Rahane told host broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation.
“We weren’t thinking about any target. It was all about playing proper cricketing shots. I wanted to finish the game. We all know how funny the sport is. We’ve seen how things have happened in this IPL. Feels great to win in the end,” he added.
With this win, Delhi will now play against Mumbai Indians in the first qualifier and the winner of that match will book a place in the final.
Despite losing to Delhi, RCB also qualified for the playoffs with 14 points from 14 matches. If Delhi had won the match inside 17.3 overs, Kolkata Knight Riders would have qualified for the top four.
Talking to teammate Dhawan in a video posted by iplt20.com, the right-handed batsman also revealed that he was disheartened when he wasn’t getting a game in the ongoing tournament.
“Was disappointed when I didn’t get to play. Felt good after contributing to the team’s win and enjoyed batting with you (Dhawan). The way you batted, I learned a lot,” Rahane said.