Twitter Reactions: Iyer and Dhawan guide Delhi Capitals home at the Kotla
The game went right down to the final over.
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Prior to this match, both Delhi Capitals (DC) and the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) were locked on 10 points. However, today, at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi, it was the hosts, led by Shreyas Iyer, who came up trumps by five wickets. With the victory, the Capitals remained at the third position of the points table. KXIP remain in fourth and would want to make a comeback in their next encounter.
Gayle shoulders the Kings
After the Capitals won the toss and elected to field first, KL Rahul took to Sandeep Lamichhane but was dismissed by the Nepalese tweaker in the second over. Thereafter, the likes of Mayank Agarwal and David Miller got out cheaply as well. At the other end, Chris Gayle was in no mood to die wondering and the 39-year-old Jamaican got to his half-century in 25 balls. The veteran got out in the 13th over.
Gayle was pinned by Lamicchane after he scored 69 runs from 37 balls with six fours and five over-boundaries. Mandeep Singh wasn’t at his fluent best, having scored only 30 from 27. Nevertheless, he was a part of the useful 45-run partnership with Gayle. In the end, it was Ashwin and IPL debutant Harpreet Brar, who scored 16 and 20 respectively to propel Punjab’s score to 163 in 20 overs.
Iyer and Dhawan take DC home
The Capitals started their run-chase positively. Unfortunately, a direct hit from Mandeep from the covers saw the dismissal of Prithvi Shaw, who got 13 from 11 with a four and a six. Then, Shikhar Dhawan and DC captain Shreyas Iyer took charge and kept the scoreboard ticking while also taking care of the required rate, by picking the odd boundary. The left-handed Dhawan got to his fifty in 36 balls.
Hardus Viljoen nipped out Dhawan, who ended with 56 from 41 with seven fours and a six. A couple overs later, Rishabh Pant perished in the quest of getting some quick runs. In the last three overs, Punjab required 22 runs. Mohammed Shami castled Colin Ingram. Iyer got to his fifty in 45 balls. With six to win off the last over, Iyer remained not out on 58 from 49 to take the home team over the line.
Here is how Twitter reacted
Rishabh Pant must remember that even M.S Dhoni became the cult he is now when he started finishing off games… Pant needs to follow suit.. Finish them off, stay unbeaten .. #DCvMI
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) April 20, 2019
I just wish Kohli spanks Rishabh Pant and makes him realise what it means to be playing for India.Come on lad, you can't be so stupid to make recurring mistaks when you have already scored 100 in Eng and Aus. Just looks horrible to watch. I don't know how he is not seeing it.
— Rajguru Javalagaddi (@rajgurusj) April 20, 2019
So Rishabh Pant is just one season wonder like Paul Waulthaty……
Such overrated player 🙏#DCvKXIP
— Shashank (@49shashank) April 20, 2019
@DelhiCapitals Please send Rishabh Pant to open the innings. You can't trust him in middle order.Let him play his game.
— DeepaK Godiyal (@DeepaKGodiyal1) April 20, 2019
Apparently, Rishabh Pant has no idea whether Raj and Simran got together.
As usual, he didn't stay till the end.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) April 20, 2019
Whatever the talent, Rishabh Pant cannot keep batting like a millionaire every second ball he faces these days. Cricket can be cruel at times. #DCvKXIP #IPL2019
— @jay360 (@jayantmoundekar) April 20, 2019
Rishabh Pant is Maxwell of India..Maxwell batting excites so as Rishabh.. now maxwell is on top of his game after a long period of time.. and it can b happens only in team like Australia.. after so much failure ge still gets chances.. and now he is showing hid ability.. #CWC19
— mayank singh (@wishmayank) April 20, 2019
Typical Rishabh Pant dismissal that one.
He has a long way to go in the shorter formats as a batsman.
In Tests, he has the time and the guidance.
TBH, Ishan Kishan has always been the better batsman of the two. Which is why he was the captain.#DCvKXIP @IPL @StarSportsIndia
— PK 🇮🇳 (@iPkoppula) April 20, 2019
I heard someone saying Why is Rishabh Pant not in #CWC19 squad? Here is the reason. #DCvKXIP
— Tanisha Gupta (@OfficeOfTanisha) April 20, 2019
Rishabh Pant is more style than substance. He is too raw, always trying to impress with flashy knocks. It will take sometime to get some sense and maturity in him. Useless short today too to get out. https://t.co/TGiWldrHFx
— Namit 🇮🇳 (@Namitraii) April 20, 2019
That one irresponsible shot from Rishabh Pant will answer why he was rejected by the selectors for WC19 #DCvKXIP
— Ranjit (@cranjit) April 20, 2019
Rishabh pant should be locked in a room with rahul Dravid for a month#DCvKXIP
— Maulik Modi (@iamthemaulik) April 20, 2019
One more time.. Rishabh Pant never dispointed us #DCvKXIP https://t.co/4qMPW211r9
— Varun Kumar Singh (@VarunKumar65) April 20, 2019
Rishabh Pant is very hardworking cricketer. He tries hard to throw his wickets everytime. #DCvKXIP #CricbuzzCommBox #CricbuzzLIVE
— iOS singh (@ayusingh7) April 20, 2019
It's high time for Rishab pant.
He should understand the game situation and paly according to it.
He just can't throw his wicket when the team needs him the most.#RishabhPant#DCvKXIP@RishabPant777
— Rohan gupta (@rohanguptaoffl) April 20, 2019
Shreyas Iyer : Play defensive
Rishabh Pant : pic.twitter.com/ZYLHYSV5b0
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) April 20, 2019