Delhi Daredevils hosted the Rajasthan Royals in the 32nd match of IPL 2018 at the Feroz Shah Kotla. It is a must-win game for Delhi Daredevils and their batsmen responded with utmost ferocity.
RR skipper Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to bowl first before the rain arrived and curtailed the match to 18-over a side. DD didn’t start their innings on a positive note as Dhawal Kulkarni removed the dangerous Colin Munro for a duck in the very first over. However, the 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw was in a different mood altogether.
Prithvi hit a flurry of boundaries in the subsequent overs to put Rahane and company on the backfoot. He was eventually dismissed by Shreyas Gopal for 25-ball 47 (4 fours and 4 sixes). Shaw put on a 73-run stand for the second wicket with Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer, who also entertained the crowd with his dazzling batting.
Rishabh Pant carried on from where Shaw has left and forged a mesmerizing 92-run partnership with Iyer. While DD captain scored 50 runs off 35 balls (3 fours and 3 sixes), Pant played breathtaking innings of 69 runs off 29 balls that included 7 fours and 5 towering sixes.
Thanks to the blitz in the final few overs from Vijay Shankar (17 runs off 6 balls), DD eventually ended up with a mammoth total of 196/6 in 17.1 overs. The last 5 balls of Delhi's innings couldn’t be delivered as the rain once again halted the play.
Twitterati was in awe to see the way DD batsmen dazzled the capacity Kotla crowd.
Here are some of the top tweets hailing Delhi’s stellar show with the bat:
Shreyas Iyer ain't doing badly either! He's a terrific striker of the ball. Between him and Pant, creating mayhem— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 2, 2018