IPL 2020: Ashwin could be fit for next game, says DC captain Iyer

While R. Ashwin could be ready for the next game against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the final call will be taken by the Delhi Capitals physiotherapist.

Marcus Stoinis scored 53 and claimed two crucial wickets in the final over of the match.   -  PTI

Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer lauded Marcus Stoinis for his 'game-changing' innings in Delhi's Super Over win over Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday.

On the thrilling finish at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Iyer said, "It was difficult to see the game turning in different directions. We are used to this. Even last season we faced these. KG [Kagiso Rabada] is the winning performer, and the way Stoinis batted was game-changing."

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Capitals, after being put in to bat, was tottering at 96 for six before a 21-ball 53 from Stoinis powered the team to a fighting 157. Kings XI came close through Mayank Agarwal's 89 but he couldn't close out the chase.

"It wasn't easy from the outset to start hitting immediately, and Rishabh and I batted well in the middle to anchor the innings. The way Stoinis assessed the wicket and played that innings was commendable," he said.

"It was important for us to get wickets, since the total was small, and I knew if I saved KG's over for the end it would be helpful. Ashwin's over was a key one, and it changed the game in our favour, but that's what T20 cricket is."

Shreyas, who dropped Mayank in the penultimate over, said his team needed to improve its catching under the lights. He allayed concerns over R. Ashwin's shoulder injury, saying, "Ashwin says he'll be ready for the next game, but in the end the physio is going to decide."

Ashwin, who was earlier spotted with a sling in the dressing room, was at the post-match presentation without any protective gear.

He also praised Axar Patel for his figures of 4-0-14-1. "Axar was fantastic with those middle overs too, stifling the runs in the middle after Ashwin was injured."

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