Rishabh Pant became the highest scoring Indian in the history of the Indian Premier League as Delhi Daredevils took on the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.
Rishabh Pant smashed his maiden Indian Premier League century on Thursday as Delhi Daredevils hosted Sunrisers Hyderabad at Feroz Shah Kotla. At 20, Pant also became the second youngest player to score an IPL century and the first Indian to score a century in season 11 of the IPL.
Pant brought up his hundred for Delhi Daredevils off 56 balls as Manish Pandey remains the youngest player to hit IPL century. The left-hander made an unbeaten 128 from 63 balls which included seven sixes and 15 fours. With his 128*, Pant also overtook KL Rahul at the top of the highest run-scorer chart in IPL 2018. Kings XI Punjab’s Chris Gayle and Chennai Super Kings’ Shane Watson are the other centurions in IPL 2018.
The way Pant took on the likes of Shakib, Kaul and Bhuvenshwar Kumar was commendable.
The left-hander was also at his innovative best as he used the scoop shot over a third man not once but thrice. Two of those scoops came in the final over bowled by Bhuvneshwar who proved to be the most expensive bowler for Sunrisers, leaking 51 runs in four overs. It was a rare off day for the India pacer.
The unbeaten innings, played against the IPL 2018 table-toppers who have arguably the best bowling attack in the tournament, will be remembered for a long long time. Pant destroyed the likes of Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, smashing the latter for 26 runs in the last over.
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