IPL 2019: With so much of razzmatazz around the game of cricket nowadays, showmanship is becoming a necessity to woo fans and survive. Cash-rich IPL is one such league where glamour and cricket go hand-in-hand, Bollywood plays a huge role in that. Celebrations in the past and now has changed drastically, some may argue cricket is no more the gentleman’s game it used to be. In the recent IPL match played between the Royals and the Capitals, fans got to witness quirky celebration styles. If young Riyan Parag was seen doing a ‘bihu’ dance after picking Iyer for four runs, Sherfane Rutherford seemed to have picked up a trick or two from Shikhar Dhawan as he was spotted doing a thigh-five after taking a catch.
Here are the videos.
Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant’s breathtaking cameo (78 unbeaten off 36) along with good contributions by openers Shikhar Dhawan (54) and Prithvi Shaw (42) helped Delhi Capitals gun down Rajasthan Royals’ 192-run target with four balls to spare in their Indian Premier League (IPL) contest at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Monday.
Chasing 192, Delhi were off to a rollicking start as the openers putting on 45 runs in the first five overs. Shreyas Gopal finally applied brakes on the 72-run opening partnership as he packed back a well-settled Dhawan in the eighth over before Riyan Parag also jolted the visitors. Parag sent back incoming batsman and Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer (4) cheaply as Delhi could only manage to add five runs after the fall of Dhawan.
Earlier in the day, Rahane masterclass century was one for the purists. His 105 off 63 balls was overshadowed by Pant’s blitz which helped the Capitals go top of the points table.
Brief scores: Delhi Capitals 193/4 in 19.2 overs (Rishabh Pant 78 not out, Shikhar Dhawan 54; Shreyas Gopal 2/47) beat Rajasthan Royals 191/6 in 20 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 105 not out, Steve Smith 50; Kasigo Rabada 2/37) by 6 wickets