Rishabh Pant once again showed his mastery in white ball cricket with a brilliant 93-ball-135 but couldn't help Delhi lost a thriller to Himachal Pradesh by two runs with a serious possibility of losing out on quarter-final berth.
Delhi in reply looked in sight of victory as Pant went all guns blazing during his career-best List A knock in which he hit 16 boundaries and five sixes. The century came in only 69 balls but needing 9 runs from the last over, Pradeep Sangwan and skipper Ishant Sharma were dismissed within a space of two deliveries.
However once Rana was out, the middle-order caved in with no one able to give beefy left-hander enough support. He punished his former India U-19 teammate left-arm spinner Mayank Dagar (0/70) along with off-spinner Ayush Jamwal, who also got a lot of stick.
Right arm pacer BVikas Galetiya was also hit out of the ground and it was Sangwan, who was responsible for Pant's run-out with Delhi needing only 16 runs from three overs.
Sangwan then himself got stuck and increased pressure on others as his indiscretion is all set to cost Delhi a place in the quarter-finals. Not to forget, getting Kshitij Sharma, the player who has been constantly under scanner for not being selected on merit being given a chance in the last game, which Delhi had also lost.
Kerala 261/9 (Rohan Prem 66, KB Arun Karthick 54, Mohsin Khan 4/43) beat Uttar Pradesh 141 in 39.2 overs (Sandeep warrier 3/32, KC Akshay 3/32) by 120 runs.
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