IPL 2019

Was Delhi vs Kolkata match fixed? Rishabh Pant’s prediction has raised many questions

The Delhi Capitals registered their second win of IPL 2019 after they first tied with the Kolkata Knight Riders’ score of 185 and then restricted KKR to four runs short of their target in the Super Over. The defeat would be the Knight Riders’ first defeat of the season.

Batting first in the Super Over, the Delhi Capitals could only score one boundary, posting a score of 10 at the end of their six deliveries. Shreyas Iyer was dismissed for 4, while Rishabh Pant scored 6 from the four balls he faced.

KKR began their run-chase in the Super Over with a boundary, but two balls later Kagiso Rabada pegged back Andre Russell’s middle stump with a 148.3kph yorker. The South African gave very little away in the remaining three deliveries; Robbie Uthappa scored two singles from the two balls he faced in the Super Over, while Dinesh Karthik scored a single off the only ball he faced.

Rishabh Pant’s prediction, caught on the stump mic during the Delhi Capitals’ (DC) home game against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), has created a flutter on social media with some fans claiming the match was fixed.

According to reports, Pant on Saturday was caught on the stump mic, saying “yeh to waise bhi choka hai (this is going to go for a four)” in the fourth over when KKR’s Robin Uthappa was batting.

The experienced right-hander hit the next ball for a four-off Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane to get off the mark.
According to several Twitter users, the game was fixed as Delhi batsman Rishabh Pant had announced the result of the ball in advance.

The video of the incident did rounds on social media with many fans crying foul as to how Pant knew before the ball was delivered that it would find the fence.

Read some of the reactions from the fans here:

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