IPL 2019 Eliminator: Rishabh Pant promises to finish matches for Delhi after Vizag thriller

first_img No data available! advertisement scorecard graphs IPL 2019 Eliminator: Rishabh Pant promises to finish matches for Delhi after Vizag thrillerIPL 2019: Delhi Capitals rode on a 21-ball 49 from Rishabh Pant in their Eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad to inch closer towards a maiden final berth. Shreyas Iyer’s men will take on Chennai Super Kings on Friday in the Qualifier 2 in Visakhapatnamcenter_img view more view less commentary Akshay Ramesh VisakhapatnamMay 9, 2019UPDATED: May 9, 2019 00:17 IST IPL 2019, DC vs SRH Eliminator: Rishabh Pant hit a match-winning 49 on Wednesday ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant smashed 5 sixes in his 21-ball 49 for Delhi CapitalsPant played a rash shot to get out when DC needed 5 from 7DC take on CSK as the 2 teams battle for the final berth in Qualifier 2 on FridayDelhi Capitals wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant rued his inability to be there till the end and take the team past the finish line in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.Delhi Capitals, who were playing their first knock out match of IPL since 2012, survived a few nervy moments towards the end of their successful 163-run chase at the YS Rajashekara Reddy ACA-VCDA Stadium.DC vs SRH Eliminator – Report | HighlightsRishabh Pant hit 49, including 5 sixes, in his 21-ball blinder as he brought the asking rate down after switching gears when Delhi Capitals had needed 54 in their last 30 balls.Pant milked 22 runs in 18th over bowled by Basil Thampi to swing the fortunes in favour of Delhi Capitals, who are the only team in IPL to have not made it to the final in the league’s 12-year history.Pant also smashed the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed but got out in the penultimate ball of the 19th over when Delhi Capitals just needed 5 runs. Pant paid the price for going for a glory shot and the pressure was back on Delhi after his departure as they had only 3 wickets left.A nervous final over followed where Delhi lost tail-ender Amit Mishra due to obstruction of the field. The game went down to the wires with Delhi needing 2 off the last 2 balls.Delhi were able to cross the finish line, thanks to some smart batting from Keemo Paul who also picked up three wickets on the big night.advertisementExpressing disappointment at what could have proved to be a costly error, Rishabh Pant said: “If you are set on a wicket like this, you have to finish the match for your team. I took it very close, but next time I will finish it for the team.”Shedding light on his ability to go for the big shots in pressure situations, Pant said he doesn’t care much about the opposition bowler’s reputation and rather tries to be positive and get the job done for his team.Pant has struggled for consistency in IPL 2019 but the 21-year-old explosive wicketkeeper-batsman has played a few cameos for Delhi Capitals.”I just try to be positive. If your mindset is negative, it doesn’t help. Especially in T20s, you need 40 off 20 or so, then you have to attack one bowler. I don’t see who’s bowling. It’s in our muscle memory, and that’s why we practise so much. Today, that was special because I didn’t try to hit the ball too hard. I was just watching the ball, and I was trying to time the ball,” Pant added.Delhi Capitals are a win from reaching their maiden IPL final. The Shreyas Iyer-led franchise will take on Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 2 of IPL 2019 in Visakhapatnam on Friday.Notably, Mumbai Indians had earned a direct berth to the final after beating CSK in the Qualifier 1 by 6 wicket at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday.Also Read | Rishabh Pant objects after Shreyas Iyer decides to withdraw run-out appealAlso Read | Hardik Pandya shouldn’t be put under pressure: Kapil Dev on comparisonsAlso Read | Prithvi Shaw equals Shubman Gill’s record with quickfire fifty in EliminatorAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow IPL 2019Follow Delhi CapitalsFollow IPL 2019 EliminatorFollow Sunrisers HyderabadFollow Prithvi ShawFollow Chennai Super Kingslast_img

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