Rishabh Pant hit power packed 69 skipper captain Shreyas Iyer (50) hit his fourth half-century of the season as Delhi Daredevils kept themselves in the race for IPL play-offs with thrilling four-run win over Rajasthan Royals in New Delhi in rain hit tie decided by the dreaded D/ L Method.
Prithvi Shaw (47) was yet again in sublime touch and raised a 73-run stand with his captain for the second wicket after the side lost Colin Munro (0) in the fourth ball of the innings. After Shaw’s dismissal, Iyer and Rishabh Pant combined to punish the wayward Royals’ bowlers, adding 92 runs for the third wicket in just 7.1 overs.
Iyer hit his fourth fifty in last five matches as he consumed 35 balls for his 50, hitting three sixes and as many fours. Pant hammered the Royals bowlers all around the park in his 29-ball knock, studded with seven fours and five sixes.
Rain halted Daredevils’ innings when the hosts were 196 for six in 17.1 overs. The Royals then were set a revised target of 151 from 12 overs under the Duckworth/Lewis method.
Joss Buttler, ed the Royals charge with seven sixes and four fours in his 67, Daredevils restricted the Royals to 146 for five clinch a thriller. Opener D’Arcy Short (44 off 25) was also dismissed but K Gowtham somehow kept the Royals in the hunt by striking a six and a four off Plunkett in the 11th over.
Royals needed 15 from the last over but DD seamer and one of the top wicket – takers in IPL 2018 Trent Boult yet again did the job, conceding only 10 runs.