JAIPUR, April 22: Rishabh Pant�s quickfire cameo (78 unbeaten off 36) along with valuable contributions by openers Shikhar Dhawan (54) and Prithvi Shaw (42) helped Delhi Capitals overhaul Rajasthan Royals� 192-run target with four balls to spare in their Indian Premier League (IPL) contest at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Monday.
Pant, who smashed six boundaries and four sixes, forged a crucial 84-run partnership with Shaw beside anchoring the Delhi innings after two successive blows.
Chasing the target, Delhi were off to a flying start as the openers added 45 runs in just the first five overs. Shreyas Gopal finally applied brakes on the 72-run opening partnership as he packed back a well-settled Dhawan in the eighth over before Riyan Parag also jolted the visitors. Parag sent back incoming batsman and Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer (4) cheaply as Delhi could only manage to add five runs after the fall of Dhawan.
Shaw was then joined by Pant and the young duo denied Rajasthan any further inroads in Delhi�s batting line-up as they sensible steered their side past the three-digit mark in 11.3 overs. Pant, meanwhile, also notched up his half-century as he smashed Jofra Archer over the deep square leg for a maximum.
Brief scores: Delhi Capitals 193/4 in 19.2 overs (Rishabh Pant 78 not out, Shikhar Dhawan 54; Shreyas Gopal 2/47). Rajasthan Royals 191/6 in 20 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 105 not out, Steve Smith 50; Kasigo Rabada 2/37). � IANS