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IPL 2018: Rishabh Pant’s of age half-century
By B Dixit - Apr 21, 2018 10:43 pm
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During the 19th match of the 11th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils at Bengaluru, Delhi Daredevils’ wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant scored an of age half-century, his first of this season, fourth overall in the IPL.

Virat Kohli, captain of the Royal Challengers, had won the toss and chose to field. His bowlers supported his decision after they dismissed Gautam Gambhir and Jason Joy fairly cheaply. However, it was a 75-run partnership between Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant which brought back Delhi Daredevils into the match.

Pant played a mature innings.

Pant per se played an innings of maturity, an innings which aided the Daredevils to register 174-5 in their allotted quota of 20 overs. He came in to bat at No. 4 in the sixth over when Roy 5 (16) was dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal. The southpaw made his intentions clear with scoring a boundary on the first ball that he faced.

In the early phase of his innings, he realised the importance of his wicket as his team had already lost its openers. After getting his eye in, Pant started going for his shots. On the last delivery of the 17th over, with a four through the fine leg region, Pant completed his half-century.

Just when his team required him to finish the innings on a high note, Pant accumulated 18 runs off Chris Woakes’ last over. He started the over with a thwack which went for a six over the cover region. On the penultimate ball of the over, Pant unleashed the shot of his innings. He hit a Woakes’ full-toss for a four over the short third-man fielder via a fancy scoop shot. Watch the video of this innings:

Pant followed it up with another four via a scoop, but this time over the short fine leg fielder. Pant eventually got out in the last over when he skied a Corey Anderson delivery to AB de Villiers at long on. He ended up scoring 85 (48) with the help of six fours seven sixes.

Watch how Twitterati reacted on Pant’s fourth IPL half-century: