IPL 10: Pant's monsterous knock powers Delhi to 7 wicket win over Gujarat
New Delhi: The 19-year old Rishabh Pant may have missed his ton by three runs but has surely won billion hearts following his brilliant effort in the win for his side. Delhi outclassed Gujarat by seven wickets in the Indian Premier League match at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium here on Thursday.
Pant played a boisterous 43-ball 97-run knock. In his quick-fire inning he found ropes six times and hammered nine sixes.
Chasing the total of 208 runs, Delhi lost its wicket in the form of captain Karun Nair (12). Then, Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant did some insane hitting, leaving Gujarat in trouble.
Samson played a valuable knock of 61 runs which came off just 31 deliveries with the assistance of seven biggies.
Shryas Iyer (14) and Corey Anderson (18) remained unbeaten. With huge six by Anderson to Faulkner, Delhi Daredevils registered its highest ever run-chase.
For Gujarat, Sangwan, Thampi and Jadeja picked one-wicket each.
Earlier, in the lights of Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik, Gujarat Lions has posted its highest ever total in the Indian Premier League. Following two consecutive sixes in the final two deliveries of Gujarat's inning, the side has posted 208-run total against the hosts.
After being put to bat, Gujarat Lions did not get a desired start as lost its destructive batsmen Dwayne Smith (9) and Brendon McCullum (1) very early.
Then came skipper Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik when GL was struggling at 10/2. Both stitched huge 133-run stand.
Raina played an exceptional inning after being a failure in the previous couple of games. GL Captain, however, was dropped twice in his 77-run knock.In both the occassions, it was Rabada who dropped the left-handed batsman and interestingly he was the one behind Raina's run-out. He hammered fours sixes along with four fours in his dominating inning.
Karthik was at his very best and provided some quick runs to the side. His 34-ball 65-run inning was studded with five fours and same sixes.
An excellent catch by Rishabh Pant ended Aaron Finch's short 19-ball 27-run inning.
For Delhi Daredevils, Pat Cummins and Kagiso Rabada picked two wickets each. Corey Anderson claimed one wicket.