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Delhi Dare­dev­ils rode some power packed batting by Rishabh Pant and tal­ented teenager Abhishek Sharma to post a chal­leng­ing to­tal of 181/4 in their In­dian Premier League (IPL) en­counter against Royal Chal­lengers Ban­ga­lore (RCB) here on Sat­ur­day. Pant plun­dered 61 runs off 34 balls to help Delhi over­come some early hic­cups. The 17-year-old Sharma gave the fin­ish­ing touches to the in­nings, smash­ing his way to 46 runs off just 19 balls to give the hosts a very good chance to clinch the fourth win of a rather for­get­table cam­paign. Leg-spin­ner Yuzven­dra Cha­hal was the most suc­cess­ful among the RCB bowlers with fig­ures of 2/28. Delhi suf­fered their first blow in the open­ing over it­self when opener Prithvi Shaw was bowled while at­tempt­ing a rather lan­guid shot off Cha­hal›s bowl­ing. Pant played a ma­jor role in boost­ing the run rate. His power packed knock included five hits to the fence and four tow­er­ing sixes. Off-spin­ner Moeen Ali fi­nally brought the ram­page to an end when Pant at­tempted an­other big hit, only to be caught by AB de Vil­liers near the bound­ary rope wide of long-on.

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