Axar Patel knows my game, he knows how to get the best out of me: DC all-rounder Lalit Yadav

"I feel very comfortable when Axar is at the other end," Lalit said of his match-winning partnership against Mumbai Indians.

Axar Patel and Lalit Yadav
Axar Patel and Lalit Yadav. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

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New Delhi, 28 March 2022: The Delhi Capitals franchise pulled off a thrilling four-wicket victory against the Mumbai Indians in their first encounter of the IPL 2022 season at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai on March 27.

The Capitals were in a spot of bother when they were reduced to 104/6 in the 14th over when they still needed 74 to win. However, all-rounders Lalit Yadav and Axar Patel strung a fantastic partnership to help their side clinch victory with 10 balls to spare.

Speaking about his unbeaten innings of 48* runs from 38 balls, Yadav said, “When I was in the middle, I played according to the team’s needs. Wickets kept falling at the other end, but I decided to trust my own game and take the match as deep as possible. You never know what can happen. And in the end, we finished the game in the 19th over.”

I feel very comfortable when Axar is at the other end: Lalit Yadav

The 25-year-old added that Axar knows how to get the best out of him, “I feel very comfortable when Axar is at the other end. He knows my game and he knows how to get the best out of me. We were just telling each other to keep our wickets intact and take our team over the line. We knew that if we keep playing then we will win the match before the last over.”

Yadav also spoke about the advice he received from Captain Rishabh Pant, “In the second time-out, Rishabh told me to follow my instincts and take the game as deep as possible. I kept that in mind and didn’t think too much about anything else as Axar and I kept talking and laughing in the middle. It always helps when you bat with someone you know very well.”

The Delhi Capitals will take on Gujarat Titans in their next match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune on April 2.