IPL 2023: Anrich Nortje, the pacemaker for the Delhi Capitals, has apologized to Kuldeep Yadav for the team’s shoddy fielding against the Punjab Kings on May 17th. Kuldeep Yadav was the finest bowler on the day, but Delhi lost two catches off of him, preventing him from taking any wickets against PBKS. Even yet, Punjab Kings lost their match against DC by 15 runs, hurting their prospects of making the IPL 2023 playoffs.

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Nortje himself missed one of the catches, while the young Yash Dhull missed the other. Kuldeep took three wickets for 3-0-21-0, but he needed two or three more. Yadav was the team’s star bowler that night and deserved to have wickets next to his name, according to Nortje, who spoke at the presentation ceremony following the game.

“Kuldeep Was Our Standout Bowler”: Anrich Nortje

“I must say Kuldeep was our standout bowler tonight, and we didn’t help him by dropping the catches. It was a pretty bad fielding performance, first of all. We backed our strengths tonight and used the pace well. Great win, of course, but I liked the intent today after losing the toss. Just tried to use the conditions while we bowled. Nowadays, the guys are set up for the full-paced balls. So have to use the slower ones but not too often.”

Nortje said

David Warner, the captain, agreed with him, stating that Delhi’s performance on the field was appalling. When discussing the team’s performance, Nortje expressed satisfaction with the playing surface and his attempts to take advantage of the circumstances.

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Delhi successfully defended 38 runs from the final two overs of the second innings thanks to the South African pacer’s outstanding penultimate over. He gave Nortje just five runs, enabling Delhi to enter the final with a significant lead. Ishant Sharma bowled the final over, which enabled Delhi to defeat PBKS by a margin of 15 runs.

Punjab Kings’ Position

After the loss, Shikhar Dhawan’s Punjab Kings are practically out of the postseason picture. Punjab Kings, now ninth in the IPL Points Table with 12 points after 13 games and six victories, have one more league encounter to play. On May 19, Dhawan and the company will face off against Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan Royals at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala.

In their 13 games, the Royals had a 0.140 Net Run Rate (NRR), compared to Punjab’s dreadful -0.308 NRR. To increase their NRR and increase their chances of making the playoffs, Punjab will need to defeat Rajasthan by a wide margin. They must also hope that RCB, MI, and KKR lose their remaining games.

On the other hand, the Royals will also hope for a win against the Kings and rely on the outcomes of other teams competing for a postseason position.

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