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IPL 2018: Rishabh Pant blazes away to another fifty in clash vs Mumbai Indians

The young wicketkeeper and leading scorer of IPL 2018 struck his eighth half-century of the T20 league to help bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils to a decent total against holders Mumbai Indians.

cricket Updated: May 20, 2018 18:15 IST
N Ananthanarayanan
N Ananthanarayanan
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
IPL 2018,Rishabh Pant,Delhi Daredevils
Rishabh Pant slammed his eighth fifty in the Indian Premier League as Delhi Daredevils looked to upstage Mumbai Indians in their last league game of the 2018 edition of the tournament. (PTI)

Rishabh Pant struck his eighth half-century in the Indian Premier League as Delhi Daredevils took on holders Mumbai Indians in their final league game at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground on Sunday. (DD vs MI live updates)

The left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman, in sensational form in IPL 2018, struck MI leg-spinner Mayank Markande for fours through point and square leg and lofted him over midwicket for six. (DD vs MI live scorecard)

The 20-year-old also punched Bangladesh left-arm paceman Mustafizur Rahman past point and and cut Ben Cutting for two more boundaries.

Pant’s fifth half-century of IPL 2018 came off 34 deliveries, and included four fours and two sixes. The Delhi wicketkeeper, who struck the season’s highest score of 128 not out, kept Delhi Daredevils hopes of putting up a decent total as wickets fell at the other end.

His effort was relatively slow, but he lofted Mustafizur over long on for his second six, a stunning one-handed attempt, before taking a single off the bowler to complete his fifty.

Delhi Daredevils were 120/3 after 15 overs. After clobbering two sixes off Hardik Pandya, Pant holed out to long on off Krunal Pandya for 64 as he became the leading run-getter for a wicketkeeper in the history of the IPL, surpassing Robin Uthappa’s mark of 660 set in the 2014 edition for Kolkata Knight Riders.

Mumbai Indians need victory in this final league game to claim a spot in the playoffs on the basis of a better net run rate while Daredevils are at the bottom of the points table and have been eliminated.

First Published: May 20, 2018 18:10 IST