Navi Mumbai, May 12: During Delhi Capitals’ eight wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals at DY Patil Stadium on Wednesday, skipper Rishabh Pant achieved the milestone of completing 4000 runs in T20 cricket.
Coming in after Mitchell Marsh’s knockdown, Pant charged leg-spinning Yuzvendra Chahal for two sixes in extra-long, deep coverage to remain undefeated at 13 on just four balls to complete Delhi’s chase of 160 on 11 balls. ample.
“I arrived on the scene as an absolute destroyer, living it as a bold artist. 4000 T20 runs for our Captain Pantastic,” the franchise wrote on its official Twitter account.
His overall figures in T20 cricket now are: – 4004 runs in 154 T20 matches at an average of 33.09 and a strike rate of 146.55, with two centuries and 22 half centuries.
Earlier, Marsh came out to lead the chase with a 62-ball 89, while starter David Warner stayed on to play anchor, remaining unbeaten on 41-ball 52 as Delhi chased 161 to record a much-needed win over Rajasthan to keep their playoff hopes alive.
“It was almost a perfect game, as I think there is always room to improve. On these types of pitches where there is little spin, you can go in any direction. I’m happy I pitched first. I thought 140-160 was a good score and he said it in the draw. And we got there,” Pant said after the game.
Pant felt that had the pitch been better, it would have been the perfect combination Delhi needed in an inconsistent campaign. “Fate is always in your hands, you can look to give 100 percent. The field could be better, but this was close to being a perfect game.” Pant had signed off saying that Delhi is without the services of starter Prithvi Shaw, who is admitted to hospital with a high fever. “We miss him (Prithvi Shaw) but we can’t control that. He has typhoid fever or something, that’s what the doctor told me.” With Delhi now on 12 points from as many matches and sitting fifth in the points table, they will take on Punjab Kings at DY Patil Stadium on Monday to give their playoff hopes a big boost.