DC vs LSG: "We would have a better chance of qualifying if…" – Rishabh Pant reveals how his 1-match suspension dampened DC’s playoff hopes

Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals (DC) took on KL Rahul-led Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the 64th match of the Indian Premier League 2024 (IPL 2024) on Tuesday, May 14 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. .

DC were invited to bat first in the match and posted a huge total of 208/4 on the board. The in-form Jake Fraser-McGurk came out for a duck but Abishek Porel (58), Shai Hope (38), Rishabh Pant (33) and Tristan Stubbs (57*) batted brilliantly and ensured their team scored in big.

With the ball, DC did a great job in the powerplay and dismissed 4 LSG batsmen with Ishant Sharma picking 3 wickets. After that, they continued to pick up wickets at regular intervals, but Nicholas Pooran (61) and Arshad Khan (58) gave DC a big scare. In the end, DC restricted the opposition to 189/9 and won by 19 runs.

At the post-match presentation ceremony, Rishabh Pant admitted that Nicholas Pooran gave them a hard time and was happy with the work done by his players. Rishabh Pant stated:

“Pooran was definitely giving us a hard time. We had certain plans. The total was pretty good. We kept bowling good balls.”

Rishabh Pant further said that they started the season with high hopes but things did not go as expected. He also opined that DC would have been in a better position to qualify for the playoffs if they had played the last match against RCB. Notably, Pant was suspended for that game due to DC’s slow third offense. Rishabh Pant said:

“I would say that the beginning of the season was with a lot of hope. Some injuries. We were still in the fight even after the last game. We had a better chance of qualifying if we had had the opportunity to play the last game. “

Rishabh Pant was finally asked about his personal journey in IPL 2024 as he returned to cricket after a long absence. Rishabh Pant said:

“Personally, it was great to come back. It was encouraging to see the support from all over India. It was a long time to wait after a year and a half. I want to be on the field all the time. I don’t want to miss any action.”

LSG vs DC previous meeting result

In the Indian Premier League 2024, Lucknow Super Giants and Delhi Capitals faced each other for the first time on April 12 at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow. The DC bowlers did a great job in restricting LSG to 167/7 and then managed the chase within 18.1 overs to achieve a 6-wicket win.

After being invited to bowl first in the match, it was Kuldeep Yadav, who bowled exceptionally well for DC. The left-arm wrist spinner picked up three wickets in just 20 runs. He was well supported by his fellow spinner Axar Patel, who, although not picking wickets, gave away just 26 runs in his 4 over spell. DC pacers also did well in the innings as Khaleel Ahmed, Ishant Sharma and Mukesh Kumar shared 4 wickets between them.

As far as the run chase is concerned, opener Prithvi Shaw (32) gave his team a good start. After his dismissal, Jake Fraser-McGurk (55) smoked a fifty and Rishabh Pant also joined the party with his brilliant innings of 41 runs. The rest of the work was done by Tristan Stubbs (15) and Shai Hope (11), as the duo led DC to an incredible victory.