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Didn't know I'd bowled the fastest ball in IPL: Nortje

Didn't know I'd bowled the fastest ball in IPL: Nortje”

Delhi Capitals fast bowler Anrich Nortje on Wednesday (October 14) delivered the fastest ball in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL) at 156.22 kmph. However, DC won by a margin of 13 runs and the difference of 8 runs in death overs was a decisive factor.

Kagiso Rabada, who bowls in tandem with Nortje in DC, was delighted for his compatriot, adding that they are learning from each other. "I know he plays the scoop shots, but when he played the first one, it took me by surprise", Nortje said. He bowled Prithvi Shaw with one that jagged back off the first ball of the match, and reached a speed of 148 kmph with his seemingly lazy action, allied with the movement he got.

The rest of the action may not have been as fast and ferocious, certainly not Steve Smith's tame dismissal to Ravichandran Ashwin in the next over, caught and bowled as the ball looped up from a leading edge, but the intrigue remained until the last.

"It looks like that every game".

"Tushar Despande was incredible, especially under such amount of pressure, we got him in and he responded nicely".

"Really happy for him, but not happy for the batter".

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The left-handed batsman played a crucial knock of 57 runs off 33 deliveries alongside Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer who scored 53 runs off 43 balls.

"Till 10th over, both the teams were equal and they were right up there in the chase". They're at the top of the table with 12 points and pushing for the qualifiers along with Mumbai Indians.

Anyway, the likes of Dwayne Bravo and Ravi Jadeja were not getting to play enough deliveries with Chennai losing consistently and it made sense for Chennai to spread out their resources.

According to the IPL's official website, Nortje and Archer have combined to bowl 19 of the 20 fastest deliveries this season. He struck again by scalping the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane for two.

Nortje was roped in by DC as a replacement for their ENgland all-rounder Chris Woakes and it would not be wrong to say that the South African has proved to be an important player for the Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020 so far. We will know more tomorrow. Nortje bowled nearly with the same pace and clean bowled the unsafe looking England player who scored 22 off just 8 balls. "I think Smith is a fantastic captain for us, he is a great leader, he had a good start in the tournament, he is a guy who works on his game, I am sure he will make the coming games count and score his runs", he concluded.



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