Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag on Monday praised Delhi Capitals players Marcus Stoinis and Rishabh Pant after the two batsmen played swashbuckling innings to take Delhi to a competitive score against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the match no.19 of Indian Premier League 2020.
Stoinis and Pant stitched 89 runs off 43 balls together and ended up on individual scores of 53 (26) and 37 (25), respectively to help Delhi score 196/4 in 20 overs even when the side was struggling at 90/3 in 11 overs.
Interestingly, Sehwag termed Stoinis a ‘Special agent’ and Pant an ‘Atom bomb for their rescuing effort.
“It was as if Delhi’s score has been suffocated. To fix it, ‘Special Agent’ Marcus Stoinis and ‘Atom Bomb’ Rishabh Pant arrived in. It was as if both of them save Delhi’s government from falling. It seemed as if Stoinis had quarrelled at home and come in to bat and took out all the anger on Bangalore bowlers and the ball. Agent Stoinis’ successful operation took Delhi to 195,” Sehwag said on his show ‘Viru Ki Baithak’.”
Meanwhile, after Stoinis and Pant made all the difference in the batting department, DC pacer Kagiso Rabada bagged four wickets to help Delhi restrict RCB for 137/9 in their 20 overs thus winning the game by 59 runs.
The victory saw Delhi climb to the top of the points table, while Virat Kohli-led Bangalore remained at the third spot.
IPL Points Table 2020
|Indian Premier League||P||W||L||D||NRR||Pts|
|3||Royal Challengers Bangalore||5||3||2||0||-1.355||6|
|4||Kolkata Knight Riders||4||2||2||0||-0.121||4|
|6||Chennai Super Kings||5||2||3||0||-0.342||4|
|8||Kings XI Punjab||5||1||4||0||+0.178||2|