It is not every night that a sparkling hundred in a T20 game gets overshadowed and becomes inconsequential. But, then, with Rishabh Pant, anything is possible.
The 21-year-old left-hander played a blistering knock (78 not out, 36b) to lead Delhi Capitals to a six-wicket win with four balls to spare. With the fifth away in six games, Delhi also moved to the top of the table.
The Royals may have felt their 191 for six — 32 more than the average first-innings score here this year — was good enough. Opener Ajinkya Rahane’s 105 not out off 63 balls would have been a match-winning effort in most games, but not on a night when Pant finds his form.
The Delhi wicket-keeper had walked in after his team lost the wickets of opener Shikhar Dhawan (54, 27b) and captain Shreyas Iyer. At 77 for two in 8.5 overs, the match was well poised.