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IPL 2021: R Ashwin’s intent was really positive against Mumbai Indians, says Shreyas Iyer | Cricket News – Times of India

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SHARJAH: After guiding Delhi Capitals (DC) to a win over Mumbai Indians (MI) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), batsman Shreyas Iyer praised Ravichandran Ashwin for showing positive intent with the bat.
“I felt really amazing to bat through and take my team till the end. It was a low-scoring game, so I decided to stay till the end even though I was shifted lower down the order. I backed myself and backed my instincts. Whatever situation I’ll be in, I knew I would win the game. When you think positive, everything turns out to go your way. He (Ashwin) came in and he was really positive,” Shreyas told host broadcaster Star Sports after the match against Mumbai ended.

“His intent was to take singles as much as possible and rotate the strike, and that went till the last two overs. After that, he started seeing the ball really well and decided that he’ll take on the bowlers. Both of us wanted to bat till the last ball,” he added.
Iyer played an unbeaten inning of 33 as DC chased down a target of 130 with four wickets in hand and five balls to spare. Ashwin contributed with an unbeaten 20. Axar Patel (3/21) was adjudged ‘Man of the Match’ for his three-wicket haul.
“We really enjoy each others’ success in the dressing room and we also pull each others’ legs when someone gets out…Whenever we perform well, we try to be humble so that in the next game we start from naught. Whoever’s day it is, he has to make sure that he wins the match for the team,” said Shreyas.

“All these games, the close matches especially, once we are in it, we have to see to it that we win all these close games. Every two points matter at the end of the league. If you finish in the top two, we have that opportunity to play that one game and straightaway get to the finals. We have to see to it that we maintain this position till the league phase ends,” he added.
Avesh Khan also returned with three wickets as Mumbai Indians were restricted to 129/8 in the allotted twenty overs.
Delhi Capitals will next lock horns against Chennai Super Kings on Monday.


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