Deccan Chronicle

Not bowling Ash out was mistake: Ponting

- DC coach

Mumbai, April 16: Not giving off-spinner Ravichandr­an Ashwin his full quota of overs was “probably a mistake”, Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting conceded after his side went down by three wickets in the IPL clash against Rajasthan Royals here.

Ashwin conceded just 14 runs and no boundaries in his three overs after being brought in following the powerplay on Thursday night when DC were defending a modest 148.

With two left-handers — David Miller (62) and Rahul Tewatia (19) — in the middle, new skipper Rishabh Pant introduced Marcus Stoinis in the attack instead of continuing with Ashwin in the 13th over. The Australian conceded 15 runs which included three fours, taking RR from 58/5 to 73/5 to effectivel­y shift the momentum.

“That’s certainly something that we will talk about when I get a chance to sit down with the team. He had bowled beautifull­y. Three overs, none for 14. Hadn’t even conceded a boundary,” Ponting said.

“He had a disappoint­ing game in game one, but he has worked really hard in the last few days to make sure he adjusted and got things right in this game.

“I thought he bowled

I thought Ashwin bowled beautifull­y. Probably a mistake on our behalf, and something we will be talking about later on.

RICKY PONTING

beautifull­y. Probably a mistake on our behalf, and something we will be talking about later on.”

The Royals needed 58 from the last five overs. Morris smashed four sixes in the last two overs during his quick-fire 18-ball 36 to take the team home with two balls to spare.

“We probably gave him (Morris) a few too many easy balls, a few too many slot balls if you like,” Ponting said.

“The length wasn’t quite where it needed to be. If you look at the replay of the game, if you bowled a reasonable yorker, he didn’t score off them.

“If it was back of a length, sort of, above stump high, he didn’t get hold of them either, especially with pace on the ball. We talked about how to bowl to him, but the execution probably wasn’t there.”

Ponting said dew was a factor in the second innings as bowlers found it difficult to grip the ball.

 ??  ?? Rajasthan Royals’ David Miller (left) and Chris Morris.
Rajasthan Royals’ David Miller (left) and Chris Morris.

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