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Pant and Dhawan helps DC to finish top of the table

Pant and Dhawan helps DC to finish top of the table

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Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant brilliant batting helps DC to win against RR and became new table toppers by pushing CSK to second spot. Rahane hard fought 63 ball 105 runs went to vain except himself and Steve Smith played well and rest of the batsman failed miserably.

Shreyas Iyer won the toss and Chose to bowl first, RR had a bad start by losing Sanju Samson in 2nd over for diamond duck. Steve Smith and Ajinkya Rahane played well and helped to boost the scoreboard in 10+ run-rate in over. When score was 135 Steve Smith got out in Axar Patel over by giving a catch to Chris Morris in deep mid-off and well set partnership got broken. Middle order batsman Ben Stokes didn’t stand much longer and again Ashton Turner got out in golden duck for 3rd consecutive time. Meanwhile Rahane bought his hundred at 171th over but others didn’t contribute well for team and finally they posted 191 runs in 20 overs.

Dhawan and Shaw came to crease for DC, Both players started the innings very beautifully by scoring boundaries of fluently and running between the wickets.  Dhawan scored his fifty in 7th and over and he got out in 8th over but he set a great start for the team. Shreyas Iyer immediately went to pavilion without troubling the bowlers. Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw joined and boosted the scoreboard very well especially Pant was going unstoppable, both players scoring well and brought down the asking rate in comfortable position. At 17th over Prithvi Shaw got out in Shreyas Gopal over but their partnership done enough damage for RR. Shane Rutherford scored four and six and got out in same over. Finally Rishabh Pant finish the procedures by smashing six of last over and win the game by 6 wickets, by this victory DC moved to table top spot after a long time.

Rishabh Pant was awarded as man of the match for his excellent innings. RR playoff chance goes down.

RR gonna face struggling KKR in Eden Garden and DC gonna face RCB in their next encounter.