“It’s a fantastic bowling performance because we believed 150-160 would have been a respectable total. Restricting them to 130-something was a good score. We have one of the world’s fastest bowlers (Rabada and Anrich Nortje), therefore I think they’re valuable commodities to have” said Pant.
The captain was pleased that they were maintaining the momentum from the opening phase.
“We discussed how we had a successful first phase and are excited to begin the second phase in this manner.” We both agreed on the importance of focusing on the process and giving it our all every day.”
Anrich Nortje, who missed the first phase in India, looked pleased with his Player of the Match performance as well.
“It was frustrating to miss out in the first half.” It was nice to get off to a solid start in the competition.
“Looking at the first game here, it was nice to see some grass, and then there was yesterday’s massive goal – I wasn’t sure what to anticipate. In the end, it was preferable to keep things simple.”
When asked about Warner’s departure, Nortje downplayed it. “I don’t really care who I’m getting out, but I’m glad I helped the team win,” he added.
“We didn’t get off to a good start, didn’t form a strong partnership. Never gained much momentum. We scored some excellent runs in the end but fell around 25-30 runs short. We bowled well, and we have defended small scores in the past, but it wasn’t to be today” – Williamson.
“It’s been a challenging campaign so far. We need to enjoy our cricket and not put ourselves under strain. They were fantastic, they are both genuine internationals. Two of the finest fast bowlers going around at the moment and they put us under pressure.”
“They put us in difficult situations; perhaps we might have done better if we hadn’t lost early wickets, but Delhi were fantastic and played some good cricket.” “We need to focus on how we play and strive to improve,” he continued.