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‘Left-arm spin of the highest order’: DC coach Ricky Ponting praises Kuldeep Yadav’s bowling against RR

New Delhi (India), May 8: After Kuldeep Yadav’s two-wicket haul against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, Delhi Capitals (DC) head coach Ricky Ponting heaped praise on the 29-year-old for displaying “left arm spin of the highest class” against the opponents at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.

In the second innings, Kuldeep took two wickets and conceded 25 runs in his four-over spell at an economy rate of 6.20. While batting, he scored five runs from two balls at a strike rate of 250.

After the win, the head coach addressed his players in the locker room, Ponting said he was proud of his players after they found a way to make a comeback in the match.

“Bowlers, all of you have been challenged at one point or another today, probably with the exception of Kuldeep. But what I am most proud of is the way you all found a way. Even if you went for a boundary early in the match went, over, you found a way and made sure it wasn’t a 20-run over. That’s what Hopesy (James Hopes) always talks about: if you’re under pressure at the start of the over, try an over. find a way to do that. Get out of the over and that’s the difference in all these games,” Ponting said.

He praised Kuldeep for the way Kuldeep bowled against the Rajasthan batters.

“Kuldeep, as I said, won the Player of the Match award on the field. That is the highest class left-arm-leg spin I have seen. The way you bowled to two very good batters is outstanding,” he said. added.

To sum up the match, RR won the toss and chose to bowl first. Fine half-centuries from youngsters Jake Fraser McGurk (50 in 20 balls, with seven fours and three sixes) and Abhishek Porel (63 in 36 balls, with seven fours and three sixes) and an entertaining cameo from Tristan Stubbs (41 in 20 balls, with three fours and three sixes) took DC to 221/8 in their 20 overs.

Ravichandran Ashwin (24/3) was the best bowler for RR.

In the chase, though RR lost their openers early, skipper Sanju Samson (86* in 46 balls, with eight fours and six sixes), Riyan Parag (27 in 22 balls, with a four and three sixes) and Shubham Dubey (25 in 12 balls with two fours and two sixes) kept RR in the hunt, but Sanju’s dismissal proved to be a game changer that prevented RR from achieving a win.

Kuldeep, Mukesh Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed took two wickets, while Axar Patel and Rashikh Dar Salam got one each.

Kuldeep won the Player of the Match for his spell of 2/25.

DC has climbed to fifth place with six wins, six losses and 12 points. RR remains second with eight wins, three losses and 16 points.

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