Rahane’s ton in vain as Pant powers Delhi to six-wicket win over RR.
Jaipur: Rishabh Pant’s 36-ball 78 powered Delhi Capitals to a six-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals here on Monday. With this win, Delhi moved to top of the table with 14 points in 11 games.
Openers Prithvi Shaw (42 off 39) and Shikhar Dhawan (54 off 27) gave Delhi a solid platform with a stand of 72.
Delhi overhauled the target (192) with four balls to spare.
Earlier, blending panache with power, Ajinkya Rahane roared back to form with a scintillating century and propelled Rajasthan Royals to 191 for six against Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League here on Monday.
Rahane remained not out on 105 off 63 balls, decorating his knock with three sixes and 11 fours, while Steve Smith contributed 50 off 32 deliveries.
Asked to bat after Shreyas Iyer called correctly at the toss, Rahane spearheaded Rajasthan Royals’ innings after getting a life on 16, the culprit being Ishant Sharma, who dropped a sitter at sort fine-leg.
The drop hurt the visitors, but Delhi did well to prevent Royals from going past 200. Entering the game with over 650 runs against Delhi in the league, Rahane chose his favourite opponents to find form, and when he walked back to the dressing room, he had over 750 to his name.
To start with, Rahane drove Ishant through a crowded off-side field for a boundary, a shot that had his characteristic elegance written all over it.
Stripped of captaincy last week following a string of poor results, the 30-year-old went into attack mode and smashed Axar Patel for a six and a four at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium, which had a dash of pink.