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IPL 2018: Twitter Goes Berserk As Rishabh Pant’s Maiden IPL Ton Propels DD To Challenging Total

Continuing his good form this season, Rishabh Pant scored his maiden hundred in the Indian Premier League to guide Delhi Daredevils to a challenging 187 for 5 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Shreyas Iyer’s decision to bat first against the bowling heavy visitors backfired initially. Shakib Al Hasan dismissed in-form Prithvi Shaw and Jason Roy cheaply to leave the hosts reeling at 21 for 3. The Daredevils then suffered another huge setback when their skipper departed after scoring just 3.

Pant and Harshal Patel then stopped the rot for a while. The duo added 55 runs for the fourth wicket before the latter was run out. From thereon, it was just about Pant. The southpaw initially took his time but accelerated just when his team needed him to. He  reached his fifty off 36 deliveries with a six. He then took only 20 more balls to reach the triple-digit.

In doing so, he became the first Indian to score a century this season. He also became the second youngest after Manish Pandey to score a century in the IPL. Despite wickets falling from one end, Pant held tight from another to guide his side to a big total.

Pant was in such a devastating form that he took even Bhuvneshwar Kumar to the cleaners. In the final over of the innings, he hit the pacer for two fours and three sixes off 5 balls to finish on a strong note. He remained unbeaten on 128 off 63 balls with the help of 15 fours and 7 sixes.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the innings:

 

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