Marcus Stoinis was probably the only player from the Delhi Capitals camp who played with a lot of freedom and fearlessness against Mumbai Indians before they slipped to a massive 59-run defeat in Qualifier 1. The Australian all-rounder has urged his teammates to play fearless cricket as they have one more shot at reaching the IPL 2020 final.
Delhi Capitals are the only side among the 8 teams in the UAE to have not reached the final of an IPL ever. Despite being handed a thrashing in Qualifier 1, Shreyas Iyer's men have another opportunity to reach the final as they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2 in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Delhi Capitals have lost 4 of their last 5 outings in the IPL as they seem to have lost steam after a strong start to their campaign. Stoinis believes most sides tend to suffer a dip in long tournaments like the IPL but it's about coming back strong from those setbacks.
"I think we're going well. We've got to play some fearless cricket, and it's a great opportunity for us. In these long tournaments, there's a good chance most teams are going to go through those ebbs and flows," Stoinis said, as quoted by the PTI.
"If you gave me this opportunity at the start of the season -- that we'd finish second, and we've got one game to win to get into the final, I think everyone here would take that."
Stoinis said the opportunity to reach a maiden IPL final and end their 13-year-long trophy drought is enough motivation for Delhi Capitals stars who are looking for a turnaround and another meeting with defending champions Mumbai Indians.
"The thought of some silverware, and a trophy for the Delhi Capitals' franchise is all the motivation we need. This is what every professional cricketer plays for -- to win big competitions like the IPL. So motivation is always there," Stoinis said.
However, Stoinis is wary of the Sunrisers Hyderabad threat as the all-rounder points out they have to find ways to deal with Rashid Khan, Kane Williamson and David Warner.
"I think Rashid Khan is obviously a great bowler - everyone knows that. He's going to be dangerous and important for them. You've got David Warner and then Kane Williamson, who has been really organised and has steadied the ship for them a few times."
Sunrisers Hyderabad reached Qualifier 2 after outclassing Royal Challengers Bangalore in a last-over thriller in the Eliminator on Friday.