Delhi Capitals chased down a paltry 136 on a tricky pitch to beat Chennai Super Kings by 3 wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 match at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on October 4, 2021. With this team, DC now sits comfortably on top of the points table with 20 points under their belt.
What made the victory memorable for Delhi Capitals' captain was that it was his birthday. However, he maintained that it was "not a birthday present and it was a tough match."
"We made it tough for ourselves. In the end, if we win everything is fine. In the powerplay, they came hard and got away. After that, we bowled some good overs. In the end, they got away with some extra runs," Pant said in the post-match presentation.
"With the bat, Prithivi got us to a good start. We were always in the chase as it was a low total, in the end, we got over the line. Prithvi is going to play that well and Shikhar is going to help him playing that way, but started well," Pant praised DC's openers.
"We got what we needed from him and in the Hetty (Hetmyer) finished it off for us," the left-handed batsman spoke on the West Indians innings.
On R Ashwin's promotion, Pant said: "We were just trying to keep the right-left combination."
"Big win, because of this we can be absolutely sure that we can finish in the top two. So it's a great win for us," Pant added.
MS Dhoni, the losing captain, said that it was a tough pitch.
"We were looking to get closer to 150. After we lost a few wickets, around the 15-16th over mark the platform was nice. We failed to accelerate. I thought it was a tough pitch. Anything close to 150 would've been a good score," Dhoni said.
"It's a two-paced wicket. It's not like it slowed down drastically. Can't just play your shots. That's what the Delhi batters also faced. The taller bowlers were getting movement. It was a very good effort to make a game out of it. Was important not to give too many in the first six. Was one expensive over in the first six, but when quality players are batting it can happen," the CSK captain said.