In what is Delhi Capitals’ second-worst start to an Indian Premier League season, Delhi Capitals have lost three matches in a row. While they have multiple issues to sort out, the biggest has to be their batting in the powerplay, as they have lost at least two wickets in all three games. They scored 50+ runs against Gujarat Titans but lost two key wickets of Prithvi Shaw and Mitchell Marsh.
They have lost seven wickets in PP across the three games, the most a team lost in this phase this season. The scoring rate has been 7.6, one of the lowest in the first six overs in IPL this year. In the pre-match press conference, Delhi’s assistant coach Pravin Amre admitted the same.
"We have to work on our powerplay game with the bat. When your top four batters get runs, your team is in a different position. We will see who will get those runs for our team,” Amre said.
"We are looking to see how we can get that balance in the powerplay - where the aggression and caution are also maintained. 50 for 1 is also a good score, and how we can achieve that is what's going to matter in the coming matches, and that's something our think tank can work on."
Speaking about the morale of Delhi Capitals, who have lost to Lucknow Super Giants, Gujarat Titans, and Rajasthan Royals in their first three games, Amre stated that the team believe in the ability of their players and they are confident of turning things around.
"We are currently focussing on the present and looking forward to our match against Mumbai Indians," Amre said. "And the fact that we are playing at home is a plus point for us. IPL is a long tournament; we've seen that teams have lost seven (five) games but still managed to win the championship.
"As a coaching group as well, we believe in this team. We've retained 20 players. We know these boys. It's not like we don't know their ability. It sometimes happens in big tournaments where you don't start well. But it's important how you finish. We believe in this team."