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Pant’s Flamboyance Outshines Rahane’s Hard-Fought Hundred

In the 40th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 expedition, Delhi Capitals (DC) recorded a brilliant six-wicket victory over the Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. The Royals former skipper, Ajinkya Rahane composed a stupendous century to propel his team to a huge first innings total. But in the second innings, first it was Shikhar Dhawan, who smashed a quick-fire half-century knock to help his team with a solid opening platform and then Rishabh Pant crafted a staggering innings to steer DC to an emphatic victory and in turn overshadowed Rahane’s magnificent century as well.

Rahane’s fantabulous century knock propel RR to 191

DC skipper Shreyas Iyer won the toss and opted to bowl first because majority of the teams have won while chasing on this ground. The home team got off to a poor start as a slight confusion between the two openers, Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson resulted in the latter being run-out without troubling the scorers. RR skipper Steve Smith then joined hands with the former skipper, Rahane, to bail their team out of the troublesome state. Both the experienced batters played very much sensibly to compile a fabulous partnership of 130 runs. After scoring a fine half-century in the previous match, Smith continued in this game just from where he left the matters, blistering an amazing fifty off 31 balls.

However, it was the former RR skipper, Rahane, who played the role of an aggressor in that partnership and he continued his splendid progress even after first Smith and then Ben Stokes’ dismissal in a gap of three overs. After working hard for each run, Rahane finally reaped the rewards, notching up a phenomenal hundred off just 58 balls, which was his second in the IPL. He compiled a magnificent unbeaten knock of 105 runs which consisted of 11 fours and 3 sixes to guide RR towards a monumental total of 191 runs.

Dhawan and Pant’s fifties advances DC in the chase

DC opener Shikhar Dhawan started things off in a blazing manner, smashing a fabulous total of 59 runs in the first six overs of the powerplay. Dhawan came out in a great dazzling mood, racking up an excellent half-century off only 25 balls that too in the seventh over of the innings. RR leggie Shreyas Gopal then bowled a beautiful delivery in the next over to bring an end to Dhawan’s innings. DC skipper Shreyas Iyer who was in a great form, also failed to come good in this run-chase, perishing to Riyan Parag in the 9th over.

After those quick jitters, two young budding cricketers in Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant took the onus to resurrect the Delhi innings. Pant was looking in a canter mood, cutting out some quick runs by taking on the RR bowlers. In absolutely no time, the left-hander racked up a sensational half-century to help his team claim a comfortable position in the run-chase. On the other hand, Shaw was also batting really well but he was fighting out his own little battle with form.

Towards the end, Shreyas Gopal once again staged a slight comeback by removing Shaw in the 17th over. But then surprisingly, out of everybody, it was Rishabh Pant who held his calm to power DC towards a remarkable win with four balls to spare. Pant remained unbeaten till the end after playing an incredible innings of 78 runs off just 36 balls which included 6 fours and 4 sixes.

Brief Scores:

RR: 191/6 in 20 overs (Ajinkya Rahane-105*, Steve Smith-50; Kagiso Rabada 2/37)

DC: 193/4 in 19.2 overs (Rishabh Pant-78*, Shikhar Dhawan-54; Shreyas Gopal 2/47)

Result: Delhi Capitals won the match by 6 wickets.