Rishabh Pant

Watch: Rishabh Pant hurries to make stumping; drops Kane’s catch instead

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On another day, it could’ve proved costly, but Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant dropped Kane Williamson with his head fixated on stumping the Kiwi cricketer. Ravichandran Ashwin came on to bowl in the 9th over of the game with the Delhi Capitals pretty much in a commanding position. However, the presence of Kane Williamson was always going to be dangerous for the Capitals.

Williamson had struck a boundary earlier that over, piercing the gap very beautifully between midwicket and long-on. Of the final ball of the over, Ashwin had foxed the New Zealand captain with a brilliant carrom ball and induced an edge. However, watching Kane Williamson walk down two steps, Pant was fixated on attempting for a stumping and failed to grasp the catching opportunity.

The thin outside edge seemed to have surprised Pant, who clearly was positioned wrongly.

In this replay, you can see Pant’s hands moving towards the stumps even before he could pick up the ball.

Kane Williamson was dropped once again in the following over by Axar Patel. He smashed it hard to the short covers fielder, where Prithvi Shaw failed to get hold of the fastly moving ball. In a matter of 4 balls, he had given two opportunities to the Capitals and they failed to capitalize.

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However, Kane Williamson did not capitalize on the opportunity and had launched another ball in the air. A one-handed slog towards long-on failed to clear the deep fielder and Hetmyer completed the catch. He walked back after a measly 18-run contribution in 26 balls, leaving the side under pressure.

 

Smart bowling changes from Rishabh Pant

Despite having one forgettable moment on the pitch, Rishabh Pant was nearly spot on with his bowling changes. The way he used his pace battery and spinners ensured Sunrisers Hyderabad never got on top of the game. Anrich Nortje gave them a solid start, dismissing David Warner for a duck and the others managed to keep the pressure on the Orange Army, who were offensively tied down.