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IPL 2019: Rishabh Pant surpasses Kumar Sangakkara to claim T20 record

Pant became the wicket-keeper to inflict the most number of dismissals in a T20 series or league with two impressive catches to dismiss Heinrich Klaasen and Gurkeerat Singh.

cricket Updated: Apr 30, 2019 08:22 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Delhi Capitals player Rishabh Pant celebrates victory over Rajasthan Royals.(PTI)

Delhi Capitals wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant surpassed Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara to script history during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 match between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Pant became the wicket-keeper to inflict the most number of dismissals in a T20 series or league with two impressive catches to dismiss Heinrich Klaasen and Gurkeerat Singh. The two dismissals took his tally in IPL 2019 to 20.

The record previously belonged to Sangakkara who inflicted 19 dismissals - 17 catches and two stumpings in 13 innings - in 2011 for Deccan Chargers and Bangladesh’s Nurul Hasan who also inflicted 19 dismissals for Dhaka Dynamites in Bangladesh Premier League 2018/19.

Half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Shreyas Iyer helped Delhi Capitals outplay Royal Challengers Bangalore by 16 runs to enter the Indian Premier League play-offs on Sunday.

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A 68-run second-wicket stand between Dhawan and Iyer and a late cameo from Sherfane Rutherford of West Indies steered Delhi to 187-5, a total their bowlers successfully defended.

The left-handed Dhawan, who is part of India’s World Cup team, hit 50, Iyer made 52 and Rutherford’s unbeaten 28 off 13 deliveries lifted the hosts to a big total at a slow-scoring Feroz Shah Kotla pitch in Delhi.

Virat Kohli’s Bangalore lost regular wickets to finish on 171-7, but the bottom-placed side still have a chance to make the play-offs.

Delhi, who made the play-offs for the first time since 2012, moved to the top of the eight-team table, overtaking Chennai Super Kings who have already booked their spot in the final four.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Apr 29, 2019 21:01 IST