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IPL PIX: Pant stars as Delhi thrash Mumbai Indians

Last updated on: March 25, 2019 01:00 IST

Images from the IPL match played between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals at Wankhede Stadium on Sunday

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Rishabh Pant gets inventive during his blazing innings of 78 not out off 27 deliveries

IMAGE: Rishabh Pant gets inventive during his blazing innings of 78 not out off 27 deliveries. Photograph: Kind courtesy, IPL/Twitter

Rishabh Pant's utterly destructive 78 not out (27 balls) powered Delhi Capitals to a 37-run win over Mumbai Indians in their Indian Premier League encounter at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.

 

While Pant's relentless onslaught would do his confidence a world of good and keep him in contention for a  World Cup berth, Jasprit Bumrah's shoulder injury two months before the ICC showpiece event has left the Indian cricket fraternity worried.

The Delhi dazzler's seven towering sixes and as many fours at a Wankhede Stadium left the Mumbai Indians bowlers, including the world's best pacer Jasprit Bumrah, traumatised and gave the rechristened Delhi Capitals a winning start that  has long eluded them.

Sent into bat, Delhi Capitals notched up an imposing 213 for six in the stipulated 20 overs, and buried under a pile of runs, there was not much of a riposte from the hosts, who were stopped at 176 in 19.2 overs after an injured Bumrah failed to show up with the willow.

Colin Ingram bats en route his 47 off 32 deliveries

IMAGE: Colin Ingram bats en route his 47 off 32 deliveries. Photograph: Shirish Shete/PTI

Such was the 21-year-old Pant's assault that Delhi raked in 99 runs in the last six overs.

Pant smashed the world's best fast bowler, Jasprit Bumrah, for a few sixes as well.

Pant, playing his natural game, mercilessly punished the Mumbai bowlers after South African Colin Ingram (47 off 32 balls 7x4, 1x6) and Shikhar Dhawan (43 off 36 balls; 4x4; 1x6) pulled the visitors out of the rubble and laid the foundation of a big total with their 83-run stand for the third wicket.

The young wicketkeeper was brutal on Hardik Pandya, whom he hammered for two sixes and a four in the 16th over to start the destruction and then spared none. He struck two sixes and a four off debutant Rasikh Salam in the 19th over.

Mumbai Indians' players celebrate the dismissal of Delhi Capitals' captain Shreyas Iyer

IMAGE: Mumbai Indians' players celebrate the dismissal of Delhi Capitals' captain Shreyas Iyer. Photograph: Shirish Shete/PTI

Pant was also brutal on death overs specialist Bumrah. Rahul Tewatia complimented the stumper with 9 not out.

Earlier, the duo of Dhawan and Ingram rallied the Delhi innings after they lost two quick wickets -- Prithvi Shaw (7) and skipper Shreyas Iyer (16) -- inside the first four overs - and also took the Mumbai attack to cleansers.

Ingram upped the ante in the eighth over slashing Hardik for a four and then a six.

But Ben Cutting gave Mumbai the much-needed breakthrough as he removed Ingram, who was caught by Hardik in the 13 over. Dhawan also threw his wicket away as Delhi slumped from 112 for two to 131 for four.

But then it was the Pant show all the way.

Delhi Capitals players celebrate the fall of a wicket 

IMAGE: Delhi Capitals players celebrate the fall of a wicket. Photograph: Kind courtesy, IPL/Twitter

Chasing 214 for victory, later, barring veteran Yuvraj Singh (53 off 35 balls; 5x4 and 3x6), who made his first appearance for Mumbai, no other batsman stood tall.

Yuvraj rolled back the years, with his fluent hitting, but his knock went in vain. Kasigo Rabada (2-23) removed Yuvraj in the 19th over to seal the victory for his team.

Chasing 214, Mumbai Indians were never in the fray. They lost skipper Rohit Sharma (14) and Suryakumar Yadav (2) early.

Quinton De Kock (27) hammered Trent Boult for two fours and a six in the third over and then found momentum in the sixth over as he hit two consecutive fours off Ishant Sharma. But Ishant (2-34) got his revenge as De Kock holed to fine leg where Boult took a good catch as Mumbai slumped to 45-3.

West Indian Kieron Pollard (21) and Yuvraj tried to resurrect the innings with their 50-run stand. Pollard hammered Rahul Tewatia for a six and a four, while Yuvraj stuck two fours and a six in the 1oth over off Axar Patel as Mumbai amassed 20 runs.

Against the run of play, Keemo Paul removed Pollard. Hardik Pandya (0) followed suit as Mumbai lost half the side on 95. After Krunal Pandya (32 off 15 balls) departed, Mumbai's hopes were solely pinned on Yuvraj and he could not take the side past the finish line.

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