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IPL 2018: Top Run-Scorers, T20 Averages, Bowling Figures and More

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2018

Delhi Daredevils' Rishabh Pant gestures after being dismissed during VIVO IPL cricket T20 match against Kolkata Night Riders in Kolkata, India, Monday, April 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
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Delhi Daredevils beat Rajasthan Royals by four runs in the 2018 Indian Premier League at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi, on Wednesday.

Rain delays caused the match to be shortened more than once, with both sides reduced to 18 overs initially. A further delay meant the Royals were only granted 12 overs but did see their run chase reduced to 151, despite the Daredevils finishing 196/6 after nearly 17 overs.

Delhi's Rishabh Pant became the leader in the orange cap standings after overtaking Chennai Super Kings star Ambati Rayudu by five runs. Another Daredevils star, Trent Boult, became the purple cap leader after adding two wickets to his impressive tally.

Here are the updated orange and purple cap standings after Wednesday's match, per the IPL official website:

      

Orange Cap Leaders (Runs)

1. Rishabh Pant, Delhi Daredevils: 375

2. Ambati Rayudu, Chennai Super Kings: 370

3. Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore: 349

4. Kane Williamson, Sunrisers Hyderabad: 322

5. Shreyas Iyer, Delhi Daredevils: 307

      

Purple Cap Leaders (Wickets)

1. Trent Boult, Delhi Daredevils: 13

2. Siddarth Kaul, Sunrisers Hyderabad: 11

3. Mayank Markande, Mumbai Indians: 11

4. Umesh Yadav, Royal Challengers Bangalore: 11

5. Hardik Pandya, Mumbai Indians: 11

      

Best Bowling Average

1. Nitish Rana, Kolkata Knight Riders: 5.50

2. Basil Thampi, Sunrisers Hyderabdad: 8.80

3. Ankit Rajpoot, Kings XI Punjab: 9.85

4. Sandeep Sharma, Sunrisers Hyderabad: 11.00

5. Jofra Archer, Rajasthan Royal: 11.28

      

Prithvi Shaw rattled off 47 runs in no time at all before being caught out by Shreyas Gopal. Still, the Daredevils had posted a respectable 74 in less than seven overs.

Things got better for Delhi when Pant began finding the boundary consistently. He smashed one delivery from Gopal for six, then clipped another behind to earn four more runs.

Pant then hammered a ball from Jofra Archer into the stands. It was soon 50 for Pant, who had reached the half-century mark off just 23 balls, marking a new career-best, according to Cricbuzz:

Cricbuzz @cricbuzz

Pant has rocketed to his fifty off 23 balls. Fastest IPL fifty for him as well going past the 25-ball fifty vs GL, Rajkot, 2016. #DDvsRR #IPL2018

The Daredevils were in full swing, and skipper Shreyas Iyer soon brought up his own 50. Prolific scoring has become a habit for Iyer recently, per ESPNcricinfo:

ESPNcricinfo @ESPNcricinfo

Shreyas Iyer's last five scores in the IPL: 52 57 93* 13 50* so far tonight https://t.co/PafRRYvO1m #IPL #DDvRR https://t.co/5akvf0hXNq

Things soon changed when Iyer was caught by Rahul Tripathi before Ben Stokes made a nice catch to bring Pant's spectacular innings to an end. The latter had still done enough to take top spot in the orange cap standings.

As Cricbuzz detailed, Pant's scoring rate has improved since last season:

Cricbuzz @cricbuzz

Rishabh Pant has scored 375 runs from 9 games at a strike rate of 180.29 in IPL XI. He had scored 366 runs in IPL 2017. #DDvsRR #IPL2018 https://t.co/oEwjGcc6mY

Delhi were on 196 when the rain struck again. After a lengthy delay, the match was shortened further and the run chase facing the Royals was abbreviated.

The league's official Twitter account detailed the changes:

IndianPremierLeague @IPL

UPDATE - Play to resume at 23.30 IST - 12 over game. Revised target for the @rajasthanroyals to chase is 151 runs. #DDvRR #VIVOIPL https://t.co/0pfeY8iVx1

Jos Buttler hit 54 off 18 balls before being stumped. Sky Sports Cricket showed how Buttler was sent from the crease:

Sky Sports Cricket @SkyCricket

WICKET! @josbuttler falls, out stumped off Mishra for 67 off 26 balls. @RajasthanRoyals require 68 to win from the final 5 overs... Watch on Sky Sports Cricket. Scorecard: https://t.co/wSrstFrDCk #DDvRR #DilDilli #HallaBol https://t.co/BrOZ1aeLsm

Stokes' wicket was next to topple, but fortunately for the Royals, D'Arcy Short hit a trio of sixes off Glenn Maxwell's bowling. Short was soon caught out, but Rajasthan entered the final over needing 15 runs to win.

The Royals ultimately came up short, though, with Tripathi run out late as the Daredevils held on for just their third win of the campaign.

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