Pant powers India to semis on his IPL ‘Pay Day’

Pant, who had smashed 78 off 24 balls in the last match, was unstoppable today as well. The Delhi-based wicketkeeper batsman hammered 14 fours and two sixes in his knock that laid the foundation for a big total.

Rishabh Pant's scintillating century set the tone for India to score a big total.   -  PTI

It was a day of delight for young Rishabh Pant as he guided the India colts to the semi-final of the ICC U—19 World Cup here with a crushing 197-run win over Namibia besides fetching Rs 1.9 crore IPL deal with the Delhi Daredevils.

Pant propelled India to 349 for 6 with a 96-ball 111 with other contributions coming from Anmolpreet Singh (41), Sarfaraz Khan (76) and Armaan Jaffer (64).

Anmolpreet also chipped in with three wickets alongside other spinners, Mayank Dagar (three for 25) and Washington Sundar (two for 27), plotted the downfall of Namibia, who folded up for 149 in 39 overs.

Namibia began the mammoth chase well with openers S. J. Loftie-Eaton and Niko Davin taking the team past 50. But their challenge fizzled out soon. From 59 for no loss, the team was tottering at 96 for five.

The African side was expected to show more fight in the quarterfinals after it famously knocked out defending champions South Africa in the group stage.

As it turned out, it was India who dominated with the bat and the ball.

Pant’s fireworks were on display hours before was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 1.9 crore. His skipper Ishan Kishan too went under the hammer as Gujarat Lions picking him for Rs 35 lakh.

Pant, who had smashed 78 off 24 balls in the last match, was unstoppable today as well. The Delhi-based wicketkeeper batsman hammered 14 fours and two sixes in his knock that laid the foundation for a big total.

Sarfaraz too continued with his rich vein of form, scoring a run-a-ball 76. It was his third 70-plus score in the four games India have played in the tournament.

Brief scores: India 349/6 in 50 overs (Rishabh Pant 111, Sarfaraz Khan 76; Fritz Coetzee 3/78). Namibia 152 all out in 39 overs (Niko Davin 33; Mayank Dagar 3/25, Anmolpreet Singh 3/27).

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