Delhi Capitals batsman Rishabh Pant showed his wide range of shots against Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday. Having won the toss, Dinesh Karthik asked Delhi Capitals to bat first in Sharjah.
The Delhi openers responded in the style as they scored 56 inside powerplay. The wicket was good for batting and all the players made the most out of it. However, Rishabh Pant stood out for his power hitting during the fag end of the innings.
Having come to crease in the 13th over, Pant got going immediately. On the other end, there is an established Shreyas Iyer. Both of them went all guns blazing in the final stretch as Delhi raced past 200. The moment of the match came when in form Andre Russell came to bowl.
He conceded only 7 runs in his first 2 overs and was by far the best bowler in KKR setup on the night. But Pant has other ideas, he simply clobbered him over deep mid wicket on the first ball he faced.
The ball was muscled out of the stadium and we can only be in awe of such power hitting. In fact, it brought back memories of vintage Sourav Ganguly hitting in the very same ground. The ball landed on the roof over deep mid wicket. Pant did not stop there and went on to hit two more fours in the next deliveries.
Here is Pant’s Monstrous six
He scored a quick fire 38 runs from just 17 balls. Pant is looking a whole different player in this IPL and it will interesting to see how he will fare in national colors after the mega event.
Pant has taken up finishing role for Delhi Capitals and have proved his mettle this season. He is on a purple patch at the moment and is close to his best with the bat. On the other hand, if Delhi wins this game, they will go back to the top of the table. They managed to post a massive 228 on the board. Prithvi Shaw scored a fifty while Shreyas Iyer was the star with an unbeaten 88 from just 38 balls.
Kolkata Knight Riders need to break many records to chase 229 on the night. But considering what we have seen in IPL 2020 so far, you can never rule out any team. Delhi does have a very experienced campaigners with the likes of Amit Mishra, Ravichandran Ashwin and Kagiso Rabada playing in the match.