Ricky Ponting left surprised by Kotla wicket, calls it worst of the three home games

DELHI : Ricky Ponting, head coach of Delhi Capitals, voiced his surprise over the pitch at Feroz Shah Kotla after his team was beaten by Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wicketson Thursday. Batting first, Delhi posted a lowly 129/8 in 20 overs as batsmen struggled to time the ball on the sluggish surface. SRH’s bowlers, on the other hand, exploited the conditions well and never allowed the game to slip away.

However, Ponting revealed that before the match he was under the impression that the pitch would suit stroke-making after groundsman deemed it as the best-laid surface among the three games played in the city so far.

“The wicket surprised us a lot. Talking to the groundsman before the game, he expected it to be the best pitch among the three games played so far. But it was the worst, you saw how little it was and how slow it was,” said Ponting after the match.

Admitting that the Capitals had got it wrong in two out of the three matches at home, Ponting did have a word of praise for Hyderabad’s bowlers.