IPL 10: Pant's heroics go in vain as DD tastes defeat against RCB
Bengaluru: The hard work of 19-year-old Rishabh Pant went in vain as Delhi Daredevils lost a nail-biter against Royal Challengers Bangalore by 15 runs in Indian Premiere League at M Chinnaswamy stadium here on Saturday.
Rishabh Pant played a responsible inning of 56 runs with three fours and four sixes. The young lad has once again proven that why his stock is rising. Delhi could have made it in the game if any other batsman would have assisted Pant's flamboyance.
Chasing the 157-run target, DD lost Aditya Tare and Sam Billings at the scores of 18 and 25 runs respectively. Karun Nair also followed them to the stands after being bowled out to Stanlake at 4.
Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Pat Cummins also departed leaving Rishabh Pant alone at the other end.
For RCB, Iqbal Abdulla, Billy Stanlake bagged two wicket each while Yuzvendra Chahal, Tymal Mills and Shane Watson claimed one wicket each.
Earlier, Kedar Jadhav's 69-run knock helped RCB put up a total of 157 runs.
Kedar Jadhav played an extraordinary knock of 37-ball 69-run which was laced with five fours and same sixes. With this kind of performance, he has shown Indian Cricket team selectors that he could prove a perfect finisher in the upcoming Champions Trophy.
Opting to bat, RCB faced an early blow in the form of destroyer Chris Gayle at 6. Skipper Shane Watson scored run-a-ball 24 before he was stumped by Rishabh Pant.
Mandeep Singh and Stuart Binny added 12 and 16 runs respectively before going back to the stands. Pawan Negi remained unbeaten at 12 after 20 overs. Chris Morris bowled out Tymal Mills for a duck in the final ball of RCB’s inning.
For Delhi Daredevils, Morris was the leading wicket-taker with bowling figures of 3/21 while skipper Zaheer Khan claimed two wickets. Pat Cummins and Shahbaz Nadeem bagged one wicket each.