Rishabh Pant Slams First Fifty After Horrific Car Crash, Takes CSK Bowlers To Cleaners In IPL 2024 Game

Mar31,2024



Rishabh Pant was at the top of his game on Sunday night and troubled the Chennai Super Kings bowlers with his sensational strokes. During the IPL 2024 match of Delhi Capitals vs CSK in Visakhapatnam, Pant scored 51 runs in just 32 balls with the help of 4 fours and 3 sixes. It was also Pant's first half-century in competitive cricket since returning from a horrific car accident in December 2022. Pant returned to competitive cricket with IPL 2024, but he failed to spread his magic with the first bat. Two games. However, the third game saw a change in Pant's fortunes.

Pant, who returned after the opening pair of David Warner and Prithvi Shaw, announced his arrival with a brilliant half-century, helping Delhi Capitals post a competitive score of 191 for 5 against Chennai Super Kings in their IPL game on Sunday.

Warner and Shaw, who came to bat first, put on a 93-run partnership for the first wicket, but the highlight of the day was Pant's sensational innings, which provided inspiration in the end.

Pant, who came into the tournament after recovering from a near-fatal road accident in December 2022, scored his first half-century in 15 months.

The in-form Warner hit five fours and three sixes during his 35-ball 52, his 110th T20 half-century, equaling Chris Gayle's record for the highest fifty-plus score in T20.

Playing his first game this season, Shaw, who has not been able to live up to his immense talent, once again reminded everyone of his boundary-hitting skills as he smashed two sixes and four fours in his 43 off 27 balls. Planted.

However, fast bowler Mathisha Pathirana took a sensational catch to dismiss Warner and then struck twice in three balls to bring CSK back into the game.

But Pant, who had looked good in his last two innings, bided his time initially and then took them closer to the 200 total.

Mitchell Marsh also hit two fours and a six in his innings of 18 runs in 12 balls.

Earlier, while Tushar Deshpande made good use of his variations giving just eight runs in his first two overs, Deepak Chahar, who bowled his 3 overs in the powerplay, was milked by the DC openers.

It was primarily Warner who singled out Chahar for special treatment, depositing him twice in the stands on the leg side, punishing him for bowling in his pads.

He was particularly harsh on Chahar in the 5th over, as after the second six, he hit two fours on the off side and 18 runs in the over, as DC scored 42 runs in 5 overs.

Bowling the last over before the powerplay, Mustafizur Rahman was also clean bowled by Shaw after hitting three consecutive fours as DC posted their highest powerplay score of this IPL, 62-0.

Shaw then welcomed Ravindra Jadeja with a six, before Warner hit a four over deep backward square leg, taking the over to 13.

Pathirana bowled the first over well and scored more than 145 consistently with his sling action.

However, Warner dismissed Jadeja at long-on before completing his half-century off 32 balls.

Pathirana's brilliance was required to send him back as the Sri Lankan whipped the ball out of the air to complete a sensational catch, leaving Warner stunned as Mustafizur earned first blood.

Shaw hit another six to take DC past 100, but was dismissed by Jadeja on the very next ball, giving a lead, while MS Dhoni completed his 300th dismissal – the most by a keeper in T20s. Is too much.

After the dismissal of both the openers, the scoring rate dropped and captain Pant had to struggle.

Pathirana then produced a brilliant performance, uprooting Marsh's middle-stump and then troubling Tristan Stubbs' woodwork in the space of three balls, leaving DC at 134 for 4 in 15 overs.

Pant then went ahead and hit a four and a six off Mustafizur and then moved towards Pathirana and hit him a six and two fours before being out in the deep in the 19th over.

(With PTI inputs)

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