DD vs SRH: DD Lose Despite Rishabh Pant’s Heroics

In a Nutshell

Shreyas Iyer won the toss in the first of four games in a stretch at the Kotla, and he chose to bat first. We went into this absolute must-win with three changes – Jason Roy for Dan Christian, Nadeem for Ojha, and Harshal Patel for Avesh Khan.

It wasn’t an ideal start for us in the slightest. We lost two big wickets in the powerplay, including the in-form Prithvi Shaw. We saw our skipper depart after a horrible mix-up. At the halfway stage, our run rate was less than 6 runs per over. But, there was stark difference between what the first 10 overs produced and the carnage we saw in the final 10 from the southpaw, Rishabh Pant!

128 not out from 63 balls. 15 fours. 7 sixes. 102 runs from boundaries. Rishabh Pant showed no respite. It was a top-class innings manufactured with brute force. Pant’s century propelled us to 187/5 from a precarious position earlier. It was up to the bowlers to get us over the line.

Unfortunately, the bowlers just didn’t step up to the occasion. It was a poor bowling performance. Shikhar Dhawan (92* off 50) and Kane Williamson (83* off 53) were brilliant on the night and made extremely light work of the chase. Rishabh Pant deserved a win after the batting masterclass he put on. It was sheer injustice to him that he didn’t end up on the right side of that game. The game can be really cruel sometimes.

Record Breaking Power-Pant-i

The first over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar yielded just 3 runs. Roy and Shaw put a couple to the ropes, but it was a sedate start with 16 runs coming from the first three overs. Prithvi Shaw, who has been doing extremely well this season, lost his wicket to Shakib Al Hasan in the fourth over. To make things worse, Roy was caught behind off the very next ball. We were on the backfoot pretty early in the game.

Once again, Iyer and Pant found themselves out in the middle together to control the damage. Pant got into his flow in the sixth over bowled by Siddharth Kaul. He scored 15 runs off that over including three fours off the first three deliveries. With the second of those, he went past 400 runs in this VIVO IPL. It was the first time he crossed that mark, but it certainly won’t be his last time. The powerplay had produced 36 runs for us at the loss of 2 wickets.

In an infuriating turn of events, Shreyas Iyer was run-out again. The captain’s wicket was a hugely important one to lose at that stage in the innings, especially in a must-win game with the pressure of putting up a good total on the board.

The DD think tank sent the all-rounder Harshal Patel up the order at three-drop for some pinch-hitting. Siddharth Kaul followed up his 15-run first over with a 14-run second over. Rashid Khan’s first over was quiet, his second was anything but. Rishabh Pant was in the mood, scoring three fours from the Afghan’s second over. In that process, he became the youngest to cross the 1000-run mark in the VIVO IPL.

Rishabh Pant was involved in another run-out, the victim being Harshal Patel this time. He departed after a decent cameo of 24 off 17. That untimely run-out seemed to spur him on as he smashed two sixes and a four from the next six balls he faced.

Overs 16 to 18 produced 40 runs with Rishabh Pant scoring three maximums and as many fours. Pant was providing some much-needed impetus to our innings. In the 19th over, he brought up his first VIVO IPL century! It was a swashbuckling innings laced with some unbelievable big hits, from a young man doing wonders to his reputation this season.

The last over read W,4,4,6,6,6. Pant had pummeled 26 runs in the 20th. The bowler? Bhuvneshwar Kumar – one of the best bowlers at the death in the VIVO IPL. In all, Pant scored 43 runs (4 fours, 4 sixes) off the 11 deliveries he faced from Kumar. Rashid Khan, the other stalwart in SRH’s potent bowling attack, conceded 27 runs (4 fours, 1 six) from the 13 deliveries he bowled to Pant. He had taken apart both of their best bowlers.

Rishabh Pant came out with an unbeaten 128 off just 63 balls. To give you an idea about just how good this innings was, here is a list of the milestones he went past and the records he broke with his 1st VIVO IPL ton:

  • Went past 400 runs this season, the first time he’s done that
  • The youngest to score 1000 VIVO IPL runs
  • Scored the first century by an Indian in VIVO IPL 2018
  • The highest ever score made by a DD player
  • First to score 500 runs in VIVO IPL 2018
  • The highest ever VIVO IPL score and the third-highest overall in T20s by a batsman at number 4 or lower
  • He scored 59 runs from 18 balls in the final four overs – the highest by any batsman in the VIVO IPL
  • He scored 68.44% of DD runs this innings - the second highest percentage of runs scored by a single player in an innings in the VIVO IPL

Truly, this innings was right out of the top drawer. Take a bow, Rishabh Pant!

Bowling Lets Rishabh Pant Down

Harshal Patel sent Alex Hales back to the hut after having him trapped right in front in the second over. Post that, Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson were putting on a crucial partnership. Dhawan was finding the boundaries at will, and Williamson was rotating well along with the odd fours.

At the hallway mark, SRH had already made 91 runs. Dhawan and Williamson had put on 76 runs in 8.1 overs scoring eight fours and two sixes between them. The run rate was in check, and SRH were well on course. Wickets were needed, and soon. They didn’t come.

Shikhar Dhawan seemed to have found his top gear. He brought up his half-century with a boundary in the 12th over and showed no signs of stopping. At the end of the 13th over, SRH were 130/1. They were already past the required run rate with seven overs still to go. The DD bowlers just hadn’t stepped up.

Kane Williamson too brought up his fifty with a boundary off his fellow countryman, Trent Boult. It was his sixth this season, the most by any batsman in VIVO IPL 2018.

Both the batsmen continued to pile on the boundaries. After 16 overs, the required rate was down to just 6 runs per over. The way these two were going, the finish was a mere formality. Dhawan and Williamson batted out of their skin to hand us a 9-wicket win with 7 balls to spare.

Brief Scores: Brief Scores: DD 187/5 in 20 overs (Rishabh Pant 128* off 63 balls, Harshal Patel 24 off 17 balls, Shakib Al Hasan 2/27, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1/51); SRH 191/1 in 18.5 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 92* off 50 balls, Kane Williamson 83* off 53 balls, Harshal Patel 1/32)

DD vs SRH: DD Lose Despite Rishabh Pant’s Heroics

In a Nutshell

Shreyas Iyer won the toss in the first of four games in a stretch at the Kotla, and he chose to bat first. We went into this absolute must-win with three changes – Jason Roy for Dan Christian, Nadeem for Ojha, and Harshal Patel for Avesh Khan.

It wasn’t an ideal start for us in the slightest. We lost two big wickets in the powerplay, including the in-form Prithvi Shaw. We saw our skipper depart after a horrible mix-up. At the halfway stage, our run rate was less than 6 runs per over. But, there was stark difference between what the first 10 overs produced and the carnage we saw in the final 10 from the southpaw, Rishabh Pant!

128 not out from 63 balls. 15 fours. 7 sixes. 102 runs from boundaries. Rishabh Pant showed no respite. It was a top-class innings manufactured with brute force. Pant’s century propelled us to 187/5 from a precarious position earlier. It was up to the bowlers to get us over the line.

Unfortunately, the bowlers just didn’t step up to the occasion. It was a poor bowling performance. Shikhar Dhawan (92* off 50) and Kane Williamson (83* off 53) were brilliant on the night and made extremely light work of the chase. Rishabh Pant deserved a win after the batting masterclass he put on. It was sheer injustice to him that he didn’t end up on the right side of that game. The game can be really cruel sometimes.

Record Breaking Power-Pant-i

The first over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar yielded just 3 runs. Roy and Shaw put a couple to the ropes, but it was a sedate start with 16 runs coming from the first three overs. Prithvi Shaw, who has been doing extremely well this season, lost his wicket to Shakib Al Hasan in the fourth over. To make things worse, Roy was caught behind off the very next ball. We were on the backfoot pretty early in the game.

Once again, Iyer and Pant found themselves out in the middle together to control the damage. Pant got into his flow in the sixth over bowled by Siddharth Kaul. He scored 15 runs off that over including three fours off the first three deliveries. With the second of those, he went past 400 runs in this VIVO IPL. It was the first time he crossed that mark, but it certainly won’t be his last time. The powerplay had produced 36 runs for us at the loss of 2 wickets.

In an infuriating turn of events, Shreyas Iyer was run-out again. The captain’s wicket was a hugely important one to lose at that stage in the innings, especially in a must-win game with the pressure of putting up a good total on the board.

The DD think tank sent the all-rounder Harshal Patel up the order at three-drop for some pinch-hitting. Siddharth Kaul followed up his 15-run first over with a 14-run second over. Rashid Khan’s first over was quiet, his second was anything but. Rishabh Pant was in the mood, scoring three fours from the Afghan’s second over. In that process, he became the youngest to cross the 1000-run mark in the VIVO IPL.

Rishabh Pant was involved in another run-out, the victim being Harshal Patel this time. He departed after a decent cameo of 24 off 17. That untimely run-out seemed to spur him on as he smashed two sixes and a four from the next six balls he faced.

Overs 16 to 18 produced 40 runs with Rishabh Pant scoring three maximums and as many fours. Pant was providing some much-needed impetus to our innings. In the 19th over, he brought up his first VIVO IPL century! It was a swashbuckling innings laced with some unbelievable big hits, from a young man doing wonders to his reputation this season.

The last over read W,4,4,6,6,6. Pant had pummeled 26 runs in the 20th. The bowler? Bhuvneshwar Kumar – one of the best bowlers at the death in the VIVO IPL. In all, Pant scored 43 runs (4 fours, 4 sixes) off the 11 deliveries he faced from Kumar. Rashid Khan, the other stalwart in SRH’s potent bowling attack, conceded 27 runs (4 fours, 1 six) from the 13 deliveries he bowled to Pant. He had taken apart both of their best bowlers.

Rishabh Pant came out with an unbeaten 128 off just 63 balls. To give you an idea about just how good this innings was, here is a list of the milestones he went past and the records he broke with his 1st VIVO IPL ton:

  • Went past 400 runs this season, the first time he’s done that
  • The youngest to score 1000 VIVO IPL runs
  • Scored the first century by an Indian in VIVO IPL 2018
  • The highest ever score made by a DD player
  • First to score 500 runs in VIVO IPL 2018
  • The highest ever VIVO IPL score and the third-highest overall in T20s by a batsman at number 4 or lower
  • He scored 59 runs from 18 balls in the final four overs – the highest by any batsman in the VIVO IPL
  • He scored 68.44% of DD runs this innings - the second highest percentage of runs scored by a single player in an innings in the VIVO IPL

Truly, this innings was right out of the top drawer. Take a bow, Rishabh Pant!

Bowling Lets Rishabh Pant Down

Harshal Patel sent Alex Hales back to the hut after having him trapped right in front in the second over. Post that, Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson were putting on a crucial partnership. Dhawan was finding the boundaries at will, and Williamson was rotating well along with the odd fours.

At the hallway mark, SRH had already made 91 runs. Dhawan and Williamson had put on 76 runs in 8.1 overs scoring eight fours and two sixes between them. The run rate was in check, and SRH were well on course. Wickets were needed, and soon. They didn’t come.

Shikhar Dhawan seemed to have found his top gear. He brought up his half-century with a boundary in the 12th over and showed no signs of stopping. At the end of the 13th over, SRH were 130/1. They were already past the required run rate with seven overs still to go. The DD bowlers just hadn’t stepped up.

Kane Williamson too brought up his fifty with a boundary off his fellow countryman, Trent Boult. It was his sixth this season, the most by any batsman in VIVO IPL 2018.

Both the batsmen continued to pile on the boundaries. After 16 overs, the required rate was down to just 6 runs per over. The way these two were going, the finish was a mere formality. Dhawan and Williamson batted out of their skin to hand us a 9-wicket win with 7 balls to spare.

Brief Scores: Brief Scores: DD 187/5 in 20 overs (Rishabh Pant 128* off 63 balls, Harshal Patel 24 off 17 balls, Shakib Al Hasan 2/27, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1/51); SRH 191/1 in 18.5 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 92* off 50 balls, Kane Williamson 83* off 53 balls, Harshal Patel 1/32)

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