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Pant hammers fourth successive 50-plus score

Rishabh Pant thrived on leg-side shots BCCI

Rishabh Pant's 33-ball 58 powered Delhi to an eight-wicket win over Tamil Nadu with 5.4 overs to spare in Kolkata. Pant's sixth T20 half-century, which included seven fours and three sixes, also took him past the 1000-run mark in his 35th innings. This is Pant's fourth consecutive 50-plus score; he had made 51, 116* and 64 in his last three innings against Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Services.

Electing to bowl first, Delhi recovered from Tamil Nadu's flying start - they were 29 for no loss after 2.4 overs - by picking up three wickets in the Powerplay. Washington Sundar was the first to depart in the third over, caught behind by Pant Pradeep Sangwan. Pant, who was retained by Delhi Daredevils for INR 8 crore, took two more catches off offspinner Lalit Yadav and seamer Kulwant Khejroliya, who removed Ganga Sridhar Raju and Bharath Shankar (24 off 17 balls).

Tamil Nadu's innings, though, came back on track thanks to captain Vijay Shankar, who struck an unbeaten 57 off 48 balls and B Aparajith (45 off 32), who added 92 runs in 11.4 overs. Shankar, who has set a reserve price of INR 40 lakh in the IPL auction, hit four fours and three sixes. Khejroliya then hit back with two wickets off successive deliveries to dismiss Aparajith and N Jagadeesan in the 17th over. Thereafter, Delhi's bowlers pulled things back as Tamil Nadu managed only 16 runs in their last three overs. Khejroliya, who had a good Ranji Trophy season, ended with figures of 4 for 26.

Delhi's chase began on a good note with Pant and Gautam Gambhir (21 off 21) adding 43 for the first wicket before Sundar removed the latter. After Pant and Dhruv Shorey (28* off 24) put on 64 runs for the second wicket, Sundar struck again to dismiss Pant. Shorey and Nitish Rana (34* off 14, 3x4, 3x6), who enjoyed a good IPL season for Mumbai Indians last year, finished off the chase.

Pant suffered a ankle injury after losing his balance while attempting to flick a delivery. Delhi coach KP Bhaskar, however, said the injury was minor in nature, and that Pant would be available for Delhi's game against Baroda on Monday.

Delhi 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st43G GambhirRR Pant
2nd64DR ShoreyRR Pant
3rd39DR ShoreyN Rana

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

Super League Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
MAHA440160.826
BENG431120.827
JKAND4228-0.786
GUJ41340.262
RLYS4040-1.175
Super League Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
KNTKA440161.283
MUM431120.544
VIDAR42280.756
DELHI4134-1.698
UP4040-0.882
Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
JKAND651201.838
DELHI651201.604
KER642161.92
AP633121.832
J + K63312-0.41
MNPR6154-3.244
NAGA6060-3.876
Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
VIDAR651201.083
GUJ642161.28
HP642160.705
TN642160.397
RAJ633120.758
Bihar6154-1.877
MEGHA6060-2.311
Group C
TEAMMWLPTNRR
MUM651201.59
RLYS651201.264
SAU642161.241
PNJB633120.581
MP633120.179
GOA6154-0.802
SIKM6060-4.466
Group D
TEAMMWLPTNRR
KNTKA770282.959
BENG752202.259
CGARH743161.539
ASSAM743161.4
HRYNA743160.881
ODSH73412-0.157
ARPR7164-3.885
MIZOR7070-5.371
Group E
TEAMMWLPTNRR
UP751222.154
MAHA751221.249
SVCS742180.529
UKHND74218-1.287
BRODA73314-0.059
HYD7156-0.182
PONDI7156-1.238
TPURA7156-1.265