Kagiso Rabada scored his highest T20 score of 44 on his IPL debut © BCCI
Kagiso Rabada scored his highest T20 score of 44 on his IPL debut © BCCI

After a clinical bowling performance, Delhi Daredevils (DD) succumbed to Mumbai Indians (MI) pacers who restricted them to 26 for 6 at one point in the Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter. However, Kagiso Rabada had a dream debut in the when he not only shone with the ball but also with the bat scoring his highest T20 score. He took the wicket of Parthiv Patel, and was also handy with the run out of Harbhajan Singh. Rabada, along with Pat Cummins and Amit Mishra, helped restrict MI to 142. Chasing the target, MI wrapped DD’s innings to 128 for 7, winning their sixth match on the trot. Rabada played a fighting knock of 44 and stitched a 91-run stand for the seventh wicket with Chris Morris, who remained unbeaten on 52. Full Cricket Scorecard, Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2017, Match 25

Speaking to iplt20 during the post-match press conference, Rabada stressed that DD has the ability to stick around in the tournament for a long time now: “To be a good side, you have to back yourself at all time and have the belief; we certainly do. We are not going to blame anyone. What’s needed for us is to reassess. We are not out of this for sure. I am not sure where we lie on the table, but we are not out of this.”

Rabada added that consecutive defeats are not demoralising DD: “It’s disappointing that we are losing. But it is far from over. We don’t blame anyone in the team. Everyone has been working extremely hard. At the end of the day, we didn’t execute quite well. The numbers talk for themselves. But we have trust in our batsmen, we have some young talent. The tournament is far from over.”

Rabada concluded the conference saying that the team lacked to carry forward the momentum set in the first innings: “We have been in a few tight situations. Actually, all our games have been tight; none of our games have been swinging either way. So, I think we just need to close that up. So, we are a fighting team. We play right till the end. It’s just about closing it up.”