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RR vs DC IPL 2019: Pant, Dhawan take Delhi to first position; Rahane’s ton in vain

By Chaitanya Laxman

Sensational half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw allowed Delhi Capitals to defeat Rajasthan Royals by six wickets and claim the top position in Indian Premier League 2019.

The terrific hitting from the Delhi batsmen also ruined the party for Ajinkya Rahane who had scored a high-quality hundred earlier in the night.

Dhawan lays foundation, Pant finishes in style

Delhi Capitals had a fantastic start to their chase as Shikhar Dhawan blazed to 54 off just 27 balls. He scored 72 runs for the first wicket with Prithvi Shaw who was struggling to get the big shots going.

Iyer’s quick dismissal put Delhi in a spot of bother but Rishabh Pant stitched a vital 84 run partnership with Shaw for the third wicket. But Shaw (42 off 39 balls) was dismissed by Gopal as he tried to up the ante in the 17th over.

Sherfane Rutherford was sent back by Dhawal Kulkarni in the next over but he scored 11 off 5 balls to take Delhi closer to the win.

Delhi reach the top in points table

With 12 needed off seven balls, Pant cantered Jofra Archer for a six over long-on and then hammered Unadkat for another six on the second ball of the final over to seal Delhi’s 7th win in IPL season 12.

This win has pushed Delhi ahead of CSK which means they are the number one team in IPL for now with seven wins in ten games.

Rahane shines in Rajasthan 191

Earlier in the night, Ajinkya Rahane produced a stunning hundred off 63 balls to take Rajasthan to 191 runs. He added 130 runs for the second wicket with Steve Smith after Sanju Samson was run-out for a duck in the second over.

Smith scored 50 off 32 balls and was dismissed by Axar Patel in the 14th over. Delhi then staged a comeback as Chris Morris removed Stokes for just 8 runs while Ishant Sharma dismissed Ashton Turner for a first ball duck, his second consecutive golden duck in IPL 2019. Binny added 19 off 13 balls to leverage the innings as Rahane carried his bat and scored his hundred in the 17th over.

Chaitanya Laxman