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Mitchell Marsh makes big statement about pitch conditions of DY Patil Stadium

Mitchell Marsh scored 89 runs from 62 balls

Mitchell Marsh (Source: BCCI/IPL)

After failing to convert his starts in the earlier games of the Indian T20 League 2022, Mitchell Marsh was at his absolute best during Delhi’s game against Rajasthan. He played an influential role in ensuring that the Rishabh Pant-led side end up winning the game rather comfortably. He and David Warner added 144 runs.

In the process, Marsh got to his maiden Indian T20 League half-century. However, he was unfortunate to miss out on his hundred, as he was dismissed for a 62-ball 89. It was Yuzvendra Chahal who managed to get his wicket in the 18th over. Nevertheless, he had already done the damage by then. Thus, Delhi chased their target with 11 balls to spare.

Marsh went on to win the player of the match award as well. However, he did speak about how difficult the conditions were. The all-rounder stated that powerplay overs were one of the toughest ones he had ever played. He stated that the pitch conditions at the DY Patil Stadium reminded him of the conditions at Perth.

“Was a tough game. Physically it’s tough when you bowl a bit and bat a bit. Slower balls and cutters, they were tough to score. 160 was par. But it’s about one good partnership. The first four-five overs of powerplay were about as tough a batting as I’ve had in T20 cricket. It was swinging, bit of seam there and there was bounce. Reminds me of Perth Stadium this wicket,” said Mitchell Marsh during the post-match presentation.

“Felt like the last couple of games I’ve got back to hitting the ball like I wanted to. I honestly thought I smashed it first, wasn’t worried one bit. Which is probably a good thing because I tend to look guilty when I think I’m out,” he added. In the meanwhile, even David Warner was impressed with Marsh’s knock. While drawing light on the same, he stated that he was glad to get across the line.

“Feels good to get across the line. How good was Mitch there! Came out there and started positively. We just told him that if he can get an 80 or 90, he can win games for us. Bowlers did a great job too,” said David Warner. Thus, this is Delhi’s sixth win of this edition. They currently have 12 points to their name and thus, are still in the race to make it to the playoffs.


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