Despite Ajinkya Rahane glorious ton for Rajasthan Royals, it was Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant's combined efforts that helped Delhi Capitals register a six-wicket win over the hosts at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Monday. This was DC's seventh win in the ongoing season and the victory meant Shreyas Iyer-led side climbing to the top spot with 14 points in their bag.
Rahane announced his return to form with his second IPL century and added 130 runs with Steve Smith (50 off 32) to propel Rajasthan to 191 for 6.
In response, Shikhar Dhawan (54 off 27) showed intent right from the start before Rishabh Pant (78* off 36) walked in and sent Rajasthan bowlers all around the park. Delhi chased down the total with four deliveries to spare.
Delhi fans, who had last seen their team at the top spot back in 2012 (and 2009) were in for a treat and perhaps many were left in disbelief.
The last time Delhi was on Top of a table, I was reading Air Pollution data. #RRvDC— Sagar (@sagarcasm) April 22, 2019
Has Delhi ever topped the table since the inception of IPL in 2008 ?? NO.— सुधांशु शेखर तिवारी (@sudha2shekhar) April 22, 2019
But now, they have achieved it. Congratulations @DelhiCapitals .
Rahane back in form and Delhi wins. #DCvRR #IPL2019 @SGanguly99 @MohammadKaif pic.twitter.com/mXtMTx1I32
Delhi Capitals reaching the Top of the table is a good sign for Men from the North this season.#RRvsDC— Shridhar V (@iimcomic) April 22, 2019
Delhi folks (and fans), a screengrab for the ages! Top of the IPL table.. after how long? pic.twitter.com/dWswpCvvJK— Srinath (@srinathsripath) April 22, 2019
Delhi is on top of the table. Again. After almost a decade. Unbelievable. #RRvDC— Statistictictic (@Shreya_Sagwal) April 22, 2019
When was the last time Delhi were top of the table— LacaJet (@ThatGuyJSR) April 22, 2019
This is for the first time since 2012 IPL that Delhi are at top of the table in the second half. Wow!— Abhay (@IamAbGupta) April 23, 2019
Delhi topping the points table?— SAGAR (@shyggar) April 22, 2019
I have seen everything in life. #RRvDC
Delhi on top pic.twitter.com/vEBkqJ8hIg— حنا Heena (@Hkizhere) April 22, 2019
Pant's glorious knock was the talk of the town.
Rishabh Pant will be very proud of this innings. Difference between promise and what a proper pro does. Look forward to seeing many more of these.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 22, 2019
This is how teams are currently placed at the time of writing this.
(Image credit: IPL)
You can watch Pant's fireworks here: www.iplt20.com.