Chasing 163 in order to make it to the Qualifier 2 of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Delhi towards the end needed 12 runs from 12 balls which further came down to two needed off the last two with three wickets also falling in between, here at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
Delhi were 151 for 5 but lost Sherfane Rutherford, Rishabh Pant and Amit Mishra in the next ten balls, before Keemo Paul scored a boundary against Khaleel Ahmed to win the match on the penultimate delivery of the game.
It was for the first time for the Delhi-based franchise that they won their IPL playoff or knockout match.
“I can’t express my emotions,” Iyer said at the post-match presentation ceremony. “It was such a pressure situation. I was just sitting with my teammates and it felt as if I’ve been sitting with them for years. Those last two overs it was like hell, to be honest.”
“I could see the happiness in everyone’s faces, and it was an amazing feeling to see them coming out and expressing themselves. Obviously, the joy we’re going to share after victory is going to be really good. And yes, hoping for another one against Chennai. We’re definitely not going to be intimidated by any team. Looking forward to the next game,” said the Delhi skipper.
Earlier, it was opener Prithvi Shaw who set up the chase for Delhi by scoring a brisk 56 off 38, before Pant blasted 49 off 21 to take them to the brink of victory.