Delhi Capitals pacer Anrich Nortje almost got hit on his courtesy off fellow teammate Axar Patel's rocket throw in the 19th over of the match. Facing the Sunrisers Hyderabad, DC continued its struggles with the bat as they only managed to put up 144 in their 20 overs. But with the ball, David Warner's men rallied together and put on a brilliant bowling display.
With economical overs and regular fall of wickets, Captial clawed back. Then in the 19th over, raising the scoring rate, SRH's Heinrich Klaasen smashed the South African pacer down the ground. As Klassen went for the second run, Axar Patel sent out a beaming through which nearly took off Nortje's head. The Proteas pacer was visibly scared and later even point at the sky, talking about what could have happened if the ball hit him.
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After this incident, Anrich Nortje delivered a decent over as he gave away 10 runs. This included two doubles, two singles, a boundary and one wicket. The responsibility of the final over was given to rookie Mukesh Kumar, who passed with flying colours as he defended 13 runs and helped DC win their second consecutive win.
Reacting to this win and Mukesh Kumar's stunning last over, Anrich Nortje said, "Really happy to get the win, still not the ideal performance, a few runs short but the bowlers did really well. They were saying there’s some inconsistency on the good lengths, that was the message."
"Trying to keep it as simple as possible, trying to focus on the target and go. (Plan against Klaasen) I'm not going to lie, the plan wasn't to ball half-volleys but you get a sense of where the batter wants to hit. (On Mukesh) He was very clear with the plans and he focused. He took his time and executed it well, that was really inspiring," he further added.