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Rishabh Pant finishes with 684 runs, smashes IPL records

India Today logo India Today 20-05-2018 Ranit Das

Rishabh Pant became the first batsman to score more than 100 boundaries in this year's Indian Premier League as Delhi Daredevils took on the Mumbai Indians at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

He reached the landmark with a boundary off Ben Cutting's ball in the 8th over. The Aussie bowled a short delivery and offered a lot of width, Pant rose on his toes and whacked it through backward point to pick up a boundary.

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Pant now has 37 sixes and 68 fours to his name in IPL 2018 and is also the Orange Cap holder with 684 runs from 14 matches. His tally of runs is also the most by a Delhi batsman this season. He has also hit five fifties at an average of 52.61.

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KL Rahul is second on the list with 97 boundaries to his name. He has hit 65 fours and 32 sixes this season. Chennai Super Kings' Ambati Rayudu has smashed 85 boundaries and is third in the list of most boundaries in this year's IPL. The CSK opener has hit 52 fours and 33 sixes.

This is also the most runs scored by a wicket-keeper in any edition of the IPL so far. The second highest was by Robin Uthappa with 660 runs for Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014.

Rahul of Kings XI Punjab has 652 runs from 13 games this season while Jos Buttler and Dinesh Karthik have 548 and 510 runs for Rajasthan Royals (2018) and Mumbai Indians (2013) respectively.

Pant entertained the Kotla crowd yet again as the IPL 2018 season came to a close for the home side on Sunday. From reverse sweeps to one-handed maximums, the Delhi crowd saw it all.

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The diminutive batsman hit not one but two one-handed sixes with his raw power. First he smashed Mustafizur Rahman over mid-wicket for a maximum to become the leading run-scorer in this season's IPL for the time being.

The Fizz bowled an off-cutter and Pant was clearly foxed but he continued to go through with his swing and somehow, the bat made contact with the ball and as if some spring is attached to the willow, the pressure released took the ball into oblivion at mid-wicket.

The next one came in the 16th over and this time it was Hardik Pandya, who faced Pant's wrath. Hardik bowled a length ball on Pant's pad and he smashed it over square leg as the bottom-hand came off at the point of impact.

And just as he was looking to dominate in the death overs, he fell to Krunal Pandya in the 17th over of the match. The Delhi dasher went for another maximum but found the man at long on that time and Pant's heroics ended. It was a tossed up ball, around off, Pant swung hard and looked to go over long-on but found Kieron Pollard at the fence.

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His 44-ball 66 powered Delhi Daredevils to 174/4 from their 20 overs. Pant's innings was studded with four boundaries and as many maximums.

Mumbai need to beat Delhi in this match to qualify for the play-offs.

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