The 50th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 was played between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on 4 October. The date of October 4 was very special for Delhi Capitals anyway, as this day also happens to be the birthday of captain Rishabh Pant. Delhi Capitals also gifted their captain a win against CSK, but Pant does not consider it a birthday gift. In a thrilling match, Delhi Capitals chased down the target in 19.4 overs for the loss of seven wickets and Pant said that the victory was hard to come by.
After the match, Pant said, ‘It is not a birthday present, it was a very difficult match. We made this match difficult for ourselves. In the end if we win, all is well. In the powerplay, he dominated the batting and we fell behind. After that we bowled some good overs, they got some extra runs in the end. Prithvi Shaw got us off to a good start. The target was small and we were ahead in the match from the start.
Pant further said, ‘In the end we managed to achieve the target. Prithvi will play like this and Shikhar Dhawan will help him play freely like this. Shimron Hetmyer ended the match well for us. Sent Ashwin higher up the batting order to maintain the right-left hand combination. It was a good win, because after that we are sure that we will reach the playoffs by staying in the top-2.