Mumbai : Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting said his side planned well for the match, but their execution was “miles off”.
His statement comes after MI defeated DC on Thursday in Qualifier 1. Mumbai Indians have qualified for the Finals of IPL 2020.
“I think it was mainly the execution in the first few overs. In the first over, we went for 15 or 16 and you’re directly on the back foot. We put our fight back in the game. We felt that we planned well but under pressure, our execution was miles off,” Ponting said during the post-match press conference.
Ponting said that Stoinis, Axar Patel, and Ashwin have performed only positively from the game.
“I think he (Stoinis) showed today how good a player he is. He has developed his game against spin bowling. It’s great that we got something out of the game. He got some runs, Axar Patel played well at the back and they are the only real positives, including Ashwin’s bowling spell,” he said.
Batting first Mumbai Indians scored 200 on board with Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan scoring 51 and 55* respectively.
Delhi Capitals’ Ravichandran Ashwin took three wickets in the match.
Chasing the target, Delhi Capitals got off to a very poor start as their first three batsmen — Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, and Ajinkya Rahane — went back to the pavilion on a duck.
Delhi Capital managed to score only 143 runs, with Marcus Stoinis scoring 65 runs for the team.
Delhi Capitals will now take either Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) or Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and a victory in the next match will take them to the final.