IPL 2018: Rishabh Pant hammers seventh fifty, leads Delhi Daredevils fightback

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Delhi is taking on Royal Challengers Banglore at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi and Nepal national cricket team member Lamichhane have been picked for the first time along with other debutants Junior Dala and Abhisek Sharma. The equation for Virat Kohli's orange team is simple as they can not afford another slip-up - like the one which resulted in the defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad at the start of the week.

"We should have restricted them to maximum 160, but they played really well". It was a great feeling playing in front of a big crowd. We just want to enjoy the tournament.

Both teams have struggled to get going this season.

The other set batsman, Iyer, too departed soon after Pant's fall, hurting the innings momentum to leave Delhi at 120 four in 15.1 overs. It's an honour for me to bat with AB. Meanwhile, RCB need 97 more runs to win from 11 overs. He scored 46 runs off just 19 deliveries as Delhi added 56 runs in the last 4 overs and posted a mammoth total of 181 runs on the board for the loss of 4 wickets.

Delhi Daredevils: Jason Roy, Gautam Gambhir, Rishabh Pant (WK), Glenn Maxwell, Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Vijay Shankar, Daniel Christian, Rahul Tewatia, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammed Shami, Trent Boult, Chris Morris, Colin Munro, Amit Mishra, Prithvi Shaw, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Naman Ojha, Sayan Ghosh, Liam Plunkett. The RCB chase was reminiscent of Sunrisers Hyderabad's effort here on Thursday when they hunted down a 188-run target easily. What a start for him. Roy took on Umesh Yadav in the next over, but Chahal returned to give his side the flawless start as Roy failed to read the wrong 'un as DD were reduced to 21 for 2. Pant was literally making easy in the middle with the way he was striking the ball.

The southpaw got going by depositing Mohammed Siraj for successive sixes in the eighth over, one came off a pull over midwicket and the other was a flatter hit over long-off. The RCB captain was fooled by the extra bit of turn as Delhi wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant latched onto the outside edge.

On Saturday, Kolkata had Sunil Narine (75 off 36 balls) and Karthik (50 off 23 balls) plenty to thank for the season's best total. That was when Sharma stepped in and took the opposition by surprise. While the third ball of the 8th over of the innings was a swat over mid-wicket region which went at a rate of knots, he brought his bottom hand into play as the ball comfortably went over the long-off fielder.

Abhishek was also lucky after being dropped by Siraj at third man before he could launch into his stride but once he did, he proved why the current junior lot is rated so highly. His fifty included four fours and four sixes.

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