IPL 2021: Pant praises Nortje, Rabada after Delhi's easy win over Hyderabad
We have one of the quickest bowlers in the world so I think they’re great assets to have, Pant said of Nortje and Rabada
South African bowlers Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada helped set up an eight-wicket win for Delhi Capitals on Wednesday in an Indian Premier League match that went ahead despite a Sunrisers Hyderabad player testing positive for coronavirus.
Nortje returned with figures of 2-12 and fellow Proteas quick Rabada took three wickets to further hurt Hyderabad who managed just 134-9 after electing to bat.
Shikhar Dhawan set the tone for Delhi’s chase with his brisk 42 and then Shreyas Iyer (47) and skipper Rishabh Pant (35) took the team home in 17.5 overs with an unbeaten stand of 67 for the third wicket.
The left-handed Dhawan leads the IPL batting chart with 422 runs including three half-centuries in nine matches.
Delhi, who are still searching for their first IPL title, moved back to the top of the eight-team table. Hyderabad stay at the bottom with seven losses from eight matches.
“We have one of the quickest bowlers in the world so I think they’re great assets to have,” Pant said of his team’s pace duo of Nortje and Rabada.
Hyderabad, who are missing England star Jonny Bairstow, lost regular wickets after Australia’s David Warner fell to Nortje without scoring on the third ball of the match. Bairstow was one of the many England and international stars including Ben Stokes and Pat Cummins of Australia to pull out of the pandemic-hit league.
Nortje bowled express pace with one of his deliveries recorded at 151 kmph (93.8mph) and was ably supported by Rabada.
Left-arm spinner Axar Patel also kept down the opposition scoring and took two key wickets including skipper Kane Williamson for 18.
Williamson called Nortje and Rabada “two of the best fast bowlers going around in world cricket”.
Marcus Stoinis bowled 1.1 overs before he went off the field with a strained hamstring and fellow Australian Steve Smith stood in as substitute fielder for the rest of the innings. The IPL only resumed Sunday in UAE after a five-month suspension because of a devastating surge in Covid-19 deaths in India.
Teams in UAE have been put in strict bio bubbles.
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