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IPL PHOTOS: Rahane's ton in vain as Pant sees Delhi through

Last updated on: April 22, 2019 23:38 IST

IMAGES from the IPL match played between Rajasthan and Delhi in Jaipur on Monday

Rishabh Pant played a match-winning knock of 78 off 36 balls to help Delhi chase down the target

IMAGE: Rishabh Pant played a match-winning knock of 78 off 36 balls to help Delhi chase down the target. Photograph: BCCI

Rajasthan Royals did not know what to bowl and where to bowl at Rishabh Pant, whose blistering 78 gave Delhi Capitals a six-wicket win and took them to the pole position in the IPL, in Jaipur on Monday.

 

While striking six fours and four sixes during his 36-ball furious gallop, Pant showed why his World Cup exclusion became a subject of intense debate.

Chasing 192 for victory, Shikhar Dhawan got Delhi Capitals off to a rollicking start with a barrage of fours and sixes, adding 72 runs for the opening wicket with Prithvi Shaw, in only 7.3 overs.

But it was Pant, who played the most influential role in DC's win, finishing it off with a six.

Rajasthan Royals' Ashton Turner puts down Delhi's Prithvi Shaw. Shaw was on 10 at the time 

IMAGE: Rajasthan Royals' Ashton Turner puts down Delhi's Prithvi Shaw. Shaw was on 10 at the time. Photograph: BCCI

After a quiet first over, Dhawan cut loose and hammered Dhawal Kulkarni for a six over deep square leg and then followed it up with a four. Having removed Kulkarni from the attack, Dhawan went down on his knee and whacked Shreyas Gopal over fine-leg for another maximum, and then hit two successive fours.

Kulkarni was brought back and the senior India opener responded with two more boundaries.

Shaw had luck on his side as Ashton Turner dropped him on 10, and the young batsman capitalised on that by hitting a few boundaries.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan gave Delhi a quick start, making 54 off 27 balls 

IMAGE: Opener Shikhar Dhawan gave Delhi a quick start, making 54 off 27 balls. Photograph: BCCI

After pulling Gopal for a four, Dhawan was stumped while going down the wicket, and DC skipper Shreyas Iyer fell to a horrendous shot.

But Shaw and Pant added runs in double quick time to help Delhi Capitals cross the line. While Shaw was content to play second fiddle when Dhawan attacked, he opened up in the company of Pant, who found the fence regularly.

It was a mature knock by Pant, who reached his half century in 26 balls.

Ajinkya Rahane acknowledges the crowd after getting to his century -- only his second in the IPL

IMAGE: Ajinkya Rahane acknowledges the crowd after getting to his century -- only his second in the IPL. Photograph: BCCI

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 in Jaipur 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 RR from going past 200.

Ajinkya Rahane scored 105 not out off 63 balls 

IMAGE: Ajinkya Rahane scored 105 not out off 63 balls. Photograph: BCCI

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.

Seeing the flight early, Rahane danced down the pitch to hoist Axar into the crowds.

Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson is run-out by Delhi Capitals' Kagiso Rabada

IMAGE: Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson is run-out by Delhi Capitals' Kagiso Rabada. Photograph: BCCI

Unfazed by the sight of pacer Kagiso Rabada steaming in, he smoked the South African's short of a length delivery down the ground for another maximum.

He reached his fifty by dispatching Chris Morris over the mid-wicket for a four and celebrated it with fist pumps. A flurry of boundaries followed as Rahane galloped along to bring up his second IPL hundred, the first coming seven years ago.

He raised his bat to acknowledge the applause from the crowd and his dugout that was as relieved as the batsman himself.

Steve Smith scored 50 and stitched up a 130-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane for the 2nd wicket 

IMAGE: Steve Smith scored 50 and stitched up a 130-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane for the 2nd wicket. Photograph: BCCI

Meanwhile, Smith, who replaced Rahane as captain hours before the start of their last match against Mumbai Indians, struck medium pacer Sherfane Rutherford for three consecutive boundaries to score his second successive half century of the season.

And even as Smith and Ben Stokes got out in quick succession, Rahane was going strong, swiftly hitting Morris for a boundary over mid-off. At the other end, Ashton Turner fell for a third golden duck.

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