IPL: Pant's battle goes in vain as RCB defeats DD
Rishabh Pant scored an astonishing 57 runs to put up a lone battle against Royal Challengers Bangalore, but Delhi Daredevils ended up losing by 15 runs in the Vivo IPL 2017. Chasing down a target of 158, DD could put up only 139 runs on board losing nine wickets. Pawan Negi got two crucial wickets in the last over to win it for RCB.
Delhi Daredevils began their 2017 IPL campaign at M Chinnaswamy Stadium against the injury-ravaged Royal Challengers Bangalore. Both the teams have been hit with injury concerns with their major players out of action. While Bangalore have lost their opening match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi will look to dominate RCB at their home ground.
In the last nine IPLs, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils have faced each other 17 times. While RCB have emerged winner 10 times, DD have won six matches. One match ended with no result.
After choosing to bat first, RCB put on a decent 157 runs on the scoreboard in the 20 overs. However, the credit goes to Kedar Jadav, who along with Stuart Binny put on a 66 run partnership to stabilize RCB after a few quick wickets. Jadhav went on to score 69 runs, before he was caught off Zaheer Khan.
19-year Rishabh Pant joined the Delhi Daredevils team just hours after performing last rites of a deceased father, who passed away on Tuesday. He not only joined the team, but also successfully kept the wickets for the Devils against RCB. By doing this, Pant has not only shown professionalism, he has also shown loyalty towards his team.