Delhi Capitals Dethrone CSK As No.1 After Pant Heroics


New Delhi: Rishabh Pant and Shikhar Dhawan smashed rapid fifties while Prithvi Shaw made a classy 42 as Delhi Capitals defeated Rajasthan Royals by x wickets to move to the top of the points table in the 2019 Indian Premier League. DC replaced defending champions Chennai Super Kings as No.1 thanks to a better net run rate.

It was heartbreak for Rajasthan Royals who had hoped to put up a better fight after Ajinkya Rahane’s 2nd hundred in his IPL career. But Pant, Dhawan and Iyer combined to ruin Rahane’s night.

Shikhar Dhawan blazed away to a rapid start for Delhi Capitals in their chase of 192. He stormed to a fifty off 25 balls and went past 400 runs in the IPL for the 4th successive season. But the Royals saw a ray of hope when Shreyas Gopal removed the marauding Dhawan for 54.

And when Riyan Parag snared Shreyas Iyer, Steve Smith and his men looked genuinely hopeful. Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant had played match-defining knocks for DC earlier in the season but they had looked woefully out of touch in recent games. But the two young guns joined forces, took their time to settle down and then unleashed a wide array of shots.

Rishabh Pant smashed his 2nd fifty of the 2019 IPL off only 26 balls and Prithvi Shaw kept growing in confidence and oozed class with every shot he played in the middle. He finally fell to Shreyas Gopal for 42 after an 84-run stand for the 3rd wicket with Rishabh Pant.