Delhi star inspired by IPL near miss

21 September 2021 22:42:59 GMTPlus11
Kagiso Rabada driven by last season's hurt

Delhi Capitals fast bowler Kagiso Rabada says he and his teammate are driven by the memory of their defeat in last season's Indian Premier League final.

The Capitals lost to Mumbai Indians by five wickets but they are 4.00 to go one better in this year's tournament. Chennai Super Kings are 1.90 to lift the trophy and Mumbai are 1213.00 for a fourth title in five years.

We are just going to give it our best shot.

Kagiso Rabada

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Rabada in fine form

South Africa paceman Rabada ended the 2020 IPL as the leading wicket-taker, claiming 30 wickets in 17 appearances, and he has helped the Capitals to six wins in their first eight matches of the 2021 tournament.

Delhi will be hoping to maintain that form when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai on Wednesday and they should have India batsman Shreyas Iyer available after recovering from a shoulder injury.

Iyer top-scored with 65 in last season's final and he joins a powerful batting line-up including Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and Australia's Steve Smith. England's Sam Billings, who led Kent to the T20 Blast title last weekend, is also in the Delhi squad.

Rabada keen to go one better

Reflecting on last season's campaign, Rabada told reporters: "We've had unfinished business since the day the Delhi Capitals didn't win a final. We are just going to give it our best shot. The guys believe that they can do it so that's a great sign.

"It's awesome to have Shreyas back. He's a phenomenal batter and an integral part of our team. He's good for the balance of the team. He seems to be in good spirits and he seems to be hitting the ball well."

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