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Sourav Ganguly lauds Rishabh Pant, says his time will come


Shakib Al Hasan (two off 27) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (one off 51) were the only two bowlers to have managed to add some wickets to their tally.

However, once Alex Hales (14) got out, the experienced duo of Opener Shikhar Dhawan (92*) and skipper Kane Williamson (83*) chased down the score without breaking a sweat.

It was the bowling that had won Sunrisers Hyderabad a majority of their games in the Indian Premier League 2018.

Chief selector MSK Prasad has often said the wicketkeeper-batsman remains very much on India's limited-overs radar, while Pant knows his sporadic global appearances depend less on his performances and more on Dhoni's fitness and availability.

Batting first, the Daredevils put up 187-5 in their 20 overs. Delhi were tottering at 43/3 and also going at less than six runs per over and again the change in the opening partnership (Jason Roy replacing Colin Munro) didn't help the matters much and the continuing failure of the top order has been one of the reasons for Delhi's bad season.

Two days after being dropped from India's T20I squad for Ireland and England because MS Dhoni "rightfully earned his spot back", Rishabh Pant served another reminder of his six-hitting abilities and the consistency with which he hits them.

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Pant now needs to be consistent, will soon play for India: Ganguly

SRH: 191 for 1 in 18.5 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 92 not out, Kane Williamson 83 not out; Harshal Patel 1/32).

Fortunately for Delhi, the fall of three quick wickets did not affect Pant, whose purple patch with the bat continued and together with Harshal Patel (24 from 17 balls; 6x2) steadied the ship with a 55-run stand for the fourth wicket. He then took on Shahbaz Nadeem, the left-arm spinner, hitting him for two sixes in the 13th over. "Hopefully, I can continue my good form in India colours also", Siddarth Kaul said as quoted by CricketNext.

"Our bowlers executed well, but he (Rishabh) forced himself even against our good deliveries to squeeze runs out of them".

Their unbroken partnership for the second wicket of 176 runs is the highest in the IPL this year. The talented young batsman from Delhi struck 15 boundaries and 7 maximums in his blistering knock to remind the cricketing fraternity of his batting talent.

Williamson moves to second overall on the IPL's leading runscorer list for this season, with his 493 runs and six half-centuries to his name. So much so was the might of his innings that he hit the death over specialist Bhuvaneshwar Kumar for 26 runs in the last 5 balls.




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