commentary graphs scorecard advertisement No data available! Rajarshi Gupta MumbaiMarch 24, 2019UPDATED: March 25, 2019 00:26 IST IPL 2019, MI vs DC: Rishabh Pant scored the fastest fifty by any batsman against Mumbai Indians. (IPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant now holds the record for the fastest IPL fifty vs Mumbai IndiansPant finished with 78 not off 27 balls including 7 fours and 7 sixesRishabh Pant now has 9 fifties in 39 IPL matches. He has 1 hundred in the IPLRishabh Pant smashed the fastest fifty against Mumbai Indians in IPL history when he reached landmark off only 18 balls. He walked in to bat at No.5 for Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday and took on a strong Mumbai attack only the way he could. He finished on 78 not out off 27 balls as Delhi Capitals scored 213 for 6 of 20 overs.The record for the fastest fifty against Mumbai Indians was held by MS Dhoni. In 2012, Dhoni had scored a fifty off 20 balls against Mumbai.Rishabh Pant had a torrid time against Australia in the final two ODIs. His wicketkeeping was poor and he did not score many runs. However, up against three-time champions, Pant showed why he can be a destructive batsman for India for many years.MI vs DC IPL 2019: HIGHLIGHTS | REPORTPant’s six off Bumrah in the 18th over of the Delhi innings was audacious strokelay. He then turned his attention to Rasikh Salam and hit him for two sixes and a four in his final over. Young Salam had no clue how to bowl to Pant but you really could not blame the 17-year-old pacer, who was playing his first IPL match. Pant was in that kind of mood.In 2018, when Delhi Daredevils had a terrible run in the IPL, Rishabh Pant was a true shining light. In 14 matches, Pant scored 684 runs including a career-best 128 not out and 5 fifties.But it is his ninth IPL fifty that Rishabh Pant will treasure most. It came in front of leading luminaries of the game like Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Mahela Jayawardene. The way he took Jasprit Bumrah apart was a sight to behold if you are a Delhi fan.advertisementFaster fifties have been scored in the IPL. In 2018, KL Rahul smashed the fastest fifty in IPL history when he raced away to the landmark off only 14 balls. Sunil Narine and Yusuf Pathan have scored fifties off 15 balls while Suresh Raina once scored a fifty off 16 balls.But Pant’s daredevilry was stunning. Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh were dazed when Rishabh Pant swept Bumrah for a six. It was that kind of a knock. It looked like Ganguly and Ponting had given Pant the license to kill and he went out and scored the quickest fifty by any batsman against Mumbai Indians.Also Read | Rasikh Salam second player from Jammu and Kashmir to play IPLAlso Read | Mumbai Indians say Jasprit Bumrah fine after injury scareAlso Read | Yuvraj Singh hits 1st IPL fifty since May 2017 on debut for Mumbai IndiansFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow IPL 2019Follow Delhi CapitalsFollow MI vs DC view more view less Rishabh Pant breaks MS Dhoni’s record for fastest IPL fifty vs Mumbai IndiansIPL 2019: Rishabh Pant brought up his 50 off 18 balls – it is now the fastest half-century against Mumbai Indians by any batsman in IPL history.
Spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters that after the Taliban requested the closures earlier this month, the Secretary-General’s Personal Representative, Francesc Vendrell, met with the Taliban’s so-called Foreign Minister, Wakil Ahmed Mutawakkil, in Kandahar. “At that meeting, it was agreed that the UN mission would close its offices in Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar and Mazar-I-Sharif by May 20th,” Mr. Eckhard said, noting that the Kabul office would remain functional.The UN’s political office in Faizabad, which is not in Taliban-controlled territory, is not affected, according to the spokesman.Mr. Eckhard also said that the closures would affect the Organization’s political efforts in trying to bring about some kind of agreement between the Taliban and the Northern Alliance. He added, however, “Our humanitarian offices are still open, so our humanitarian work is not affected.”Mr. Eckhard noted that the world body would not abandon its efforts to promote a peaceful settlement. “The UN continues to maintain contact with the authorities — we still have our political office in Kabul open, Francesc Vendrell will continue his interaction with the parties – it’s just that we no longer have a network of offices, and so that will hinder, to a certain extent, our political work, which nonetheless will continue,” he said.The Security Council was briefed this morning on the closures by Kieran Prendergast, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.