Vizag: Young Keemo Paul gave the final touches to a Rishabh Pant blitzkrieg as Delhi Capitals defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by two wickets in a nerve-wracking IPL Eliminator on Wednesday.
Chasing a target of 163, Delhi Capitals, who had lost the way after a blazing start, were brought to the cusp of victory by young Pant, who smashed 49 off 21 balls with five sixes as West Indies’ Paul finished it off the penultimate ball of the innings with a boundary off Khaleel Ahmed.
Pant, who resurrected the innings from a precarious 111 for 5 couldn’t have chosen a better venue than the chairman of selectors MSK Prasad’s home ground to drive home a point on his much-debated World Cup exclusion.
Delhi Capitals now face Chennai Super Kings in the second Qualifier in their bid to make it to the maiden IPL final against Mumbai Indians. Needing 34 from three overs, Pant showed brilliant game awareness to target Sunrisers’ weakest link Basil Thampi, smashing him for 21 runs in the 18th over as he brought the game on even keel.