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Pant, debutant Sharma propel Delhi to 181/4

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

continued his destructive form with a 34-ball 61 before impressed on his IPL debut to push Daredevils to 181 for four against here tonight.

Sharma, who hammered an unbeaten 46 off 19 balls, was one of three IPL debutants for today along side leg-spinner and South African pacer Junior Dala.

Considering how easily Sunrisers chased down 188 in the previous game, Virat Kohli opted to put the opposition in.

The RCB started with spin and it got him instant breakthrough with Yuzvendra Chahal castling the talented Prithvi Shaw with a wrong one.

A little later Chahal sent back in a similar fashion as the Englishman failed to read the wrong one off the Indian spinner's hands, leaving at two for 16 in the third over.

The dangerous duo of Pant and (32 off 35) then got together to resurrect the innings. They shared a 93-run stand with Pant doing bulk of the damage.

Pant, who smashed an epic 63-ball 128 here on Thursday night, pulverised the visitors' attack yet again. The southpaw got going by depositing for successive sixes in the eighth over, one came off a pull over midwicket and the other was a flatter hit over long-off.

Pant raced to his fourth fifty of the season off 27 balls and was poised for another big innings. It only took a special effort to remove Pant with AB de Villiers holding on to a spectacular sliding catch at long-on.

The other set batsman, Iyer, too departed soon after Pant's fall, hurting the innings momentum to leave Delhi at 120 four in 15.1 overs.

That was when Sharma stepped in and took the opposition by surprise.

The left-hander looked good from ball one when he smashed Siraj to the long-off boundary.

Luck was also on his side as Sharma was dropped by Siraj at third man and to add insult to the injury, the ball deflected from his hands to the ropes. was the unfortunate bowler who eventually leaked 22 runs in the 17th over with Sharma smashing him for two sixes in a row.

The 17-year-old belied his age with such clean and powerful hitting in an innings that comprised four sixes and three boundaries.

The last 29 balls fetched 61 runs for Delhi with Sharma and (21 off 20) sharing an unbeaten 61-run stand off 30 balls.

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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 22:00 IST
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