Delhi Capitals (DC) batsman Ajinkya Rahane finally came good against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as his 46-ball 60 not just helped his side win, but also ensured that they qualify for the playoffs. With this win, they also bring an end to their four match losing streak. The will face Mumbai Indians in the Qualifier 1 on November 5 in Dubai. Rahane, who shared a 88-run stand for the second wicket with Shikhar Dhawan said that he was disappointed initially when he did not get an opportunity to play.
"Was disappointed when I didn't get to play. Felt good after contributing to the team's win and enjoyed batting with you (Dhawan). The way you batted I learned a lot," Rahane told teammate Dhawan during a chat for IPLT20.com.
Rahane also lauded the effort of the bowlers, who initially put DC in a comfortable position.
"Ricky told me that I am going to bat at number three. It's a good position to bat at. Our bowlers did really well for us. I enjoyed the partnership with Shikhar. The communication between us was all about intent," Rahane said at the post-match presentation.
DC could have made RCB wait to confirm their place in the playoffs had they won the match in 17.3 overs, but that is something that was not in Rahane’s mind when he was batting.
"We weren't thinking about any target. It was all about playing proper cricketing shots. I wanted to finish the game. We all know how funny the sport is. We've seen how things have happened in this IPL. Feels great to win in the end," he added.
Rahane has scored 111 runs from six innings in IPL 2020 so far at an average 18.50 and strike-rate of 111.