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Twitter Reactions: Rishabh Pant massacres Rajasthan Royals in Delhi

Pant hammered a quick 69 off just 29 deliveries with 7 fours and 5 sixes to his name.

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Delhi Daredevils’ Rishabh Pant in action. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The Delhi Daredevils lost a close game against the Chennai Super Kings a couple of nights ago. The defeat made the equation for them very simple in the season – win every game to stay alive in the competition. Their first ‘virtual semi-final’ of the season came against the Rajasthan Royals. They headed back to Delhi to host the Royals in the big game.

Coming in to the game, the Delhi Daredevils were not the only desperate side itching to get a win under their belt. The case of the Royals was no different. They were in a slightly different space than the double Ds, but in a precarious one nonetheless. With both sides desperate to win, the stage was set for a cracking contest at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

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At the half way stage, the fans would believe that they do have a big game on cards. The hosts have managed to post a huge total and hence, only a special batting effort from the Royals can potentially save the game for them. Talking about the game, the Royals won the toss and opted to bowl first in the rain-curtailed affair. The match was reduced to 18-overs-a-side.

Delhi received a big blow early on with Colin Munro getting a golden duck. Shreyas Iyer (50) and Prithvi Shaw (47) then put on an exhibition of sensational batting to bring the ball in Delhi’s court. But the real impetus to the innings was given by Rishabh Pant. Pant hammered a quick 69 off just 29 deliveries with 7 fours and 5 sixes to his name.

He was absolutely phenomenal and continued his good hitting form in the match. In the process, he smashed his fastest IPL fifty in just 23 balls. Furthermore, he is now the holder of the Orange Cap as well. After Pant’s dismissal, Vijay Shankar chipped in with a quick 6-ball 17. The rain intervened again with Delhi Daredevils having a healthy scoreline of 196/6 in 17.1 overs.

Here is how the fans reacted to the Delhi Daredevils innings:

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