IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals winning after 4 straight losses to take 2nd spot put smile on our faces- Shreyas Iyer

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Shreyas Iyer’s Delhi Capitals ended a 4-match drought after they registered a 6-wicket win over Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi on Monday. However, both the teams involved in last night’s game qualified for the IPL 2020 playoffs as they had a higher NRR than Kolkta Knight Riders’. Monday’s win also assured Delhi Capitals the 2nd spot.

Delhi Capitals successfully chased down the 153-run target in 19 overs and that also assured RCB a playoffs spot. Had Delhi finished it within 17.3 overs, RCB would’ve landed up with an NRR battle depending on SRH’s win against Mumbai Indians.

No wonder Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer is a happy man after the team finishing 2nd despite losing 4 matches in a row recently.

"This win was very essential and it has put smiles on our faces after the four consecutive losses. Today the way we played, it was a comprehensive win. I think all the departments were covered up really well by the players and I am really chuffed by their performance, the way they came up and delivered at the right time. The second place obviously makes you feel good after the season you had, with all the ups and downs. The IPL is always a rollercoaster journey,” Iyer said at the post-match press conference.

"The Mumbai Indians are one of the best teams. Having said that, I feel we are also a fearless and amazing bunch of boys. It really depends on the day. Obviously, they are pretty much experienced in such [playoff] stages, but the team that has a good attitude and good composure on that given day is going to make it through. I feel that we need to keep things simple and not complicate in pressure situations. The way we have been going, this was a really good win and it's going to be a really good booster as well for us."

Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, the biggest weapons in Delhi’s pacer armoury, were responsible for containing Royal Challengers to a total of 152 for 7.

"It makes my job easy, to be honest, because of the way these guys plan in the team meeting. They come up with their own ideas and, for me as a captain on the field, it's pretty much easy to set the fields. I just go and ask them what you are going to bowl and they literally mail all of the balls. I am really happy the way the things are going so far and the way Nortje came up and delivered. Really happy for him and the way he performed today,” Iyer added.

Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane’s 60 off 46 balls as a No. 3 batsman was crucial in the 6-wicket win against Royal Challengers.

"He [Rahane] carries a lot of experience in the IPL and the way he paced his innings, it was amazing to see. The loose balls he punished, other than that he was taking single and twos. It was a great example and I think he peaked at the right time, just when we needed him. With a few important matches coming up, he will definitely play an important role in them," Iyer said.

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