IPL 2020: Our execution was miles off vs MI, need to get ready for next challenge, says Ricky Ponting

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Delhi Capitals Ricky Ponting lamented his team's execution in 57-run defeat vs Mumbai Indians and said that the team now needs to get ready for the next challenge.

Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals head in Qualifier 2 of IPL 2020 after defeat vs MI. (Courtesy by BCCI)

Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals head in Qualifier 2 of IPL 2020 after defeat vs MI. (Courtesy by BCCI)

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I think it was mainly the execution in the first few overs: Ricky PontingDC will be facing either RCB or SRH in Qualifier 2 on November 8Sunrisers and RCB are both very good sides and deserve their position: Ponting

Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting feels that DC had planned really well ahead of Qualifier 1 but their execution was "miles off" which led to a 57-run thrashing against Mumbai Indians on Thursday.

Mumbai Indians stormed into their 6th final after thrashing Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2020 Qualifier 1 on Thursday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Chasing 201, Delhi Capitals got off to the worst start in the history of IPL as they were reduced to 0 for 3 after Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah came up with a masterclass in new-ball bowling.

"I think it was mainly the execution in the first few overs. In the first over, we went for 15 or 16 and you are on the back foot straight away. We did fight our way back into the game... We felt that we planned really well but under pressure, our execution was miles off," Ponting said during the post-match press conference.

Marcus Stoinis and Axar Patel launched a brilliant counter-attack. The Australian big-hitter took the attack to leg-spinner Rahul Chahar who had an off-day. The duo added 71 runs from 44 balls to put a bit of pressure back on the Mumbai Indians.

"I think he (Stoinis) showed today how classy player he is. He has really developed his game against spin bowling. It is great that we got something out of the game. He got some runs, Axar Tatel played really well at the back and they are the only real positives, including Ashwin's bowling spell," Ponting said.

"Sunrisers and RCB are both very good sides and deserve their position on the table. So, we will get some training done in the next couple of days and get ready for that challenge," Ponting said.

Delhi Capitals will be facing either Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) or Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Qualifier 2 and a victory will take them to their maiden IPL final.

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