Suresh Raina-led Gujarat Lions set Delhi Daredevils an extremely tough target of 209, but Daredevils were not ready to cede ground at home as youngsters Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson made a mockery of it.
Delhi went on to win the match with 15 balls remaining as the duo put up a partnership of 142 runs in 63 balls. Kerala batsman Samson smashed 61 off 31 balls, while the hero-of-the-match and local lad Pant cracked 97 off 43 balls.
Pant hit 6 fours and 9 sixes during his match-winning innings, which is also the highest score by teenager in IPL history.
'Master Blaster' Sachin Tendulkar was so impressed with the innings that he called it "one of the best" in IPL history.
Other cricketers were equally impressed with Pant and his batting skills.
Rishabh pant,Sanju Samson ...tonite wow..keep an eye on them teams ...they are special..— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) May 4, 2017
Strike when the iron is hot. Play a youngster when he's in Red Hot Form. I'd pick Pant for the Champions Trophy. Will you? #IPL— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 4, 2017
Love batsman with tremendous belief in themselves which is backed by a special ability for ball hitting.Extra Special today frm Rishabh Pant— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) May 4, 2017
The MS Dhoni comparisons followed...
He is 19 and he smashed all most all the bowlers😀😀take a bow Rishabh pant.... Nd great thnks to dravid to show these talents— RAINA'S Preetha (@PreethaRaina3) May 4, 2017
Rishabh Pant is the best MSD replacement in shorter formats.A Wk who can clear any ground with ease.One Fearless fellow👏.#DDvGL #IPL— Kuldeep Patil (@hashtagkp16) May 4, 2017
Spectacular hitting by Pant and very heartening to see Raina appreciate Pant after that innings...— .... (@ynakg) May 4, 2017
The vital win means DD continue to stay in contention for the playoffs.
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