IPL 2019: Rishabh Pant has already created a cult following for himself thanks to his batting and also his iconic ‘babysitting’ row in Australia, involving Tim Paine. The row seems to have followed him ever since. After Delhi beat KKR by seven wickets, Pant was seen trying to pick up a kid who was trying to avoid the cricketer from doing so. It was not Pant’s timely 46 but his hilarious act later that aced it. The entire episode became very entertaining and will certainly win your heart.
With the bat, Pant stitched a crucial partnership of 105 runs to take Delhi home. Dhawan top-scored for Delhi as he remained unbeaten on 97*. With this victory, Delhi has also broken the jinx of winning a game at the iconic Eden Gardens as they hadn’t managed to register a win at the venue since 2012. KKR were favorites to win the match in their backyard but a thoroughly professional performance by Delhi humbled the hosts. Courtesy the win, Capitals have moved to the number 4 spot in the IPL standings.
After the early departure of Prithvi Shaw (14) and skipper Shreyas Iyer (6), the experienced southpaw (Dhawan) knitted a mammoth 105-run partnership with talented Rishabh Pant for the third wicket. Chasing a stiff total of 179 to win, the visitors reached the target with 5 balls to spare.
Earlier, Andre Russell blazed away to a 21-ball 45 after Shubman Gill’s brisk half-century, powering Kolkata Knight Riders to 178 for seven against Delhi Capitals. This was Russell’s sixth successive 40-plus score, his four sixes and three boundaries coming after youngster Gill stroked 65 off 39 balls, helping the hosts recover from Ishant Sharma’s wicket-maiden first over.