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Indian wicketkeeper slams one-handed six to seal Delhi Capitals' win over Rajasthan Royals

A destructive display from Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has seen the Delhi Capitals claim a six-wicket victory over the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL this morning.

Winning the toss and putting the Royals into bat first, Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer would have been sweating, watching Rajasthan's batsman plunder his bowling attack to post 191/6 from their 20 overs.

Indian Test batsman Ajinkya Rahane stood out, hitting an unbeaten 105 runs from 63 balls for the Royals, with 11 fours and three sixes, ably backed up by Australian captain Steve Smith's 50 from 32 - leaving the Capitals with no answer.

In response, the Delhi openers got off to an ideal start, with Indian international duo Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw putting on 72 runs for the first wicket.

Dhawan reached his half century off 25 balls, with seven fours and two sixes, before being out stumped by Sanju Samson off the bowling of Shreyas Gopal.

Captain Iyer was the next out for just four, caught by England's Ben Stokes off the bowling of Riyan Parag, bringing Pant to the crease.

With a point to prove after missing out on India's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Pant put on a masterclass of T20 batting, reaching his half century off just 26 balls, with four fours and two sixes.

Shaw's dismissal for 42 at the hands of Gopal saw Delhi need 30 runs from the last three overs, before Pant found another gear.

The 21-year old pulled the final ball of the 19th over long on for a huge six, needing just six runs from the final over.

A single for South Africa's Colin Ingram saw Pant return to the striker's end, needing five from five balls, only for the young wicketkeeper to belt a one-handed six over midwicket, sealing the win and sending Delhi top of the IPL.

The Capitals lead the IPL on net run rate, level with the Chennai Super Kings on points having played one game more. Meanwhile the Royals languish in seventh position, unable to leapfrog the Kolkata Knight riders, and in danger of missing this season's play-offs.


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