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Rishabh Pant roars to form in Ranji Trophy, hits 99 for Delhi vs Maharashtra

Rishabh Pant scored 99 off 110 balls as Delhi scored 260 for four wickets against Maharashtra on the first day of a Ranji Trophy match

cricket Updated: Nov 17, 2017 22:33 IST
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Rishabh Pant returned to form with a 99 for Delhi against Maharashtra in Ranji Trophy.(Getty Images)

Rishabh Pant showed his natural flair for strokeplay with an attractive 99 in company of a reliable Nitish Rana (110 batting) as Delhi were comfortably placed 260 for 4 against Maharashtra on truncated first day of the fifth round encounter of Ranji Trophy. (IND v SL 1st Test, Day 2 HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD)

In all only 62 overs of play was possible after light deteriorated in the final session.

Pant, who has not had any significant contribution during the current season did not get bogged down by the fall of wickets as his 99 off 110 balls had eight boundaries and six huge sixes.

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Pant was finally snapped at slips by rival captain Ankit Bawne off Chirag Khurana but not before he has entertained one and all at the Airforce ground with his exhilarating stroke-play. He was especially severe on off-break bowler Khurana, whom he hit for four sixes -- all down the ground.

Pant have had some issues against slow bowlers but he cleared the cobwebs in his mind as he used his feet to good effect against the spinners.

Pacers Nikit Dhumal and Praveen Dadhe tried to feed him with short balls but he kept his balance while hitting those pull-shots.

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“I was never under any kind of pressure contrary to what people believe. There are times when you don’t get runs. It wasn’t as if I was trying to score quickly. I played 110 balls and all were not hit for boundaries and sixes. It means I defended well. Also I share a comfort level with Rana which reflects whenever, we bat together,” Pant said after the day’s play.

Pant-Rana duo came together in the 16th over with Delhi in a spot at 55 for 3 with Gautam Gambhir (1), Anuj Rawat (20) and Dhruv Shorey (7) and added 168 runs for the fourth wicket.

Mumbai Indians left-hander Rana hit 11 boundaries and three sixes, with most of his drives through the off-side.

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Rana is having a good Ranji season with scores of 110 (vs Assam), 89 (vs Railways), 67 (vs UP) in previous matches apart from his fourth first-class ton in the current game.

Pant was lucky to have been dropped twice at 44 and 73 -- especially the second one off Khurana in the long-off region.

He was unlucky when he tried to play a defensive stroke but the edge was taken just a run shirt of his fifth first- class hundred.

Brief Scores: Group A

At Guwahati, Hyderabad 289/8 (B Sandeep 84, A Rayudu 83, R Singh 3/54) v Assam

At palam, Delhi 260/4 (N Rana 110*, R Pant 99, C Khurana 2/71) v Maharashtra

At Kanpur, Karnataka 327/3 (M Agarwal 90, D Nischal 90*, D Singh 2/74) v Uttar Pradesh

Group B

At Surat, Rajasthan 153 (T Singh 45, C Gaja 8/40) v Gujarat 90/1 (S Gohel 46, T Ul-Haq 1/23)

At Rohtak, Haryana 119/7 (H Rana 35, M Mudhasir 4/34, R Dayal 3/35) v Jammu and Kashmir

At Thumba, Kerala 225 (S Samson 68, D Jadeja 6/112, J Unadkat 2/33) v Saurashtra 37/0

Group C

At Ongole, Mumbai 248/6 (P Shaw114, S Lad 86, B Ayyappa 3/87) V Andhra Pradesh

At Vadodara, Baroda 281/3 (K Devdhar 104, A Waghmode 52, G Poddar 1/29) v Odisha

At Indore, Madhya Pradesh 224/7 (A Sharma 75*, A Dane 63, K Vignesh 3/27) v Tamil Nadu

Group D

At Raipur, Chhattisgarh 130 (M Singh 53, D Pathania 4/45, V Yadav 3/10) v Services 39/0

At Porvorim, Goa 239 (K Vaz 72, A Wakhare 4/50, A Sarwate 3/54) v Vidarbha

At Amritsar, Punjab 147 (S Gill 63, B Amit 3/31, P Pramanik 3/41) v Bengal 76/0 (A Raman 42*)

First Published: Nov 17, 2017 22:33 IST