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IPL 2020: Have been working on increasing my pace, says Anrich Nortje
Rajasthan Royals failed to chase down 162 as the side was restricted to 148/8
After bowling the fastest delivery in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL), Delhi Capitals' pacer Anrich Nortje said that he has been working on increasing his pace for two years now.
His remark came as Delhi Capitals defeated Rajasthan Royals by 13 runs on Wednesday at the Dubai International Stadium. During the course of the match, Nortje bowled a delivery at 156.22 kmph and as a result, he registered the fastest ball in the history of IPL.
In his very first over, Nortje cranked up the speeds, but Rajasthan Royals' Jos Buttler played two scoops off him to hit boundaries.
However, the Proteas pacer came back and clean bowled Buttler on the final delivery of his first over.
"Yeah, the battle against Buttler was interesting, I know he plays the scoop shots, but when he played the first one, it took me by surprise. I did not think he will do it again, but he played the shot once again on the next delivery. He played really well, but I stuck to my strength, obviously we saw how the wicket was playing so I was trying to use the wicket and get some variation," Nortje told Shikhar Dhawan in a video posted on iplt20.com.
"I did not know that I bowled the fastest delivery in IPL, I have been working on getting my pace right up there. It has been a couple of years that I have been working on it, in the end, it's just about hitting the right length," he added.
Rajasthan Royals failed to chase down 162 as the side was restricted to 148/8.
Delhi Capitals will next take on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on October 17 while Rajasthan Royals will lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on the same day.