With the Eoin Morgan-led side finally bringing him in, he blew away Sunrisers Hyderabad with his relentless pace and variations.
A source in the team said that the keeper has been constantly working on his hamstring with the physio and Pant is now fit to go
Jos Buttler can win games likes AB de Villiers, Kieron Pollard: Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith
Buttler came up with an unbeaten 70-run knock off just 48 balls to lead his side to a comfortable seven-wicket IPL win against Chennai Super Kings.
The CSK batting, which has been wobbly throughout the first four weeks fared no better after Washington Sundar (2/16 in 3 overs) removed Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis.
His innings had four fours and as many sixes but in searing Dubai humidity ran four doubles in the final over, a testament to the hours put in physical training.
KKR were seemingly down and out when KXIP needed 22 from the final three overs but Narine tilted the match in his side's favour by dismissing Nicholas Pooran.
In the final ball, Glenn Maxwell smashed a four that almost looked a six as KXIP lost the match by 2 runs.
Kagiso Rabada (3/35) then picked three wickets, while Stoinis (2/17), Ravichandran Ashwin (2/22) snared two wickets each as Delhi dismissed Rajasthan for 138 in 19.4 overs.
Had it not been for Shimron Hetmyer's knock of 45 off 24 balls and Marcus Stoinis' 39 off 30 balls, Rajasthan could have restricted DC to an even lower total.
RR opted to field and the bowling unit delivered with Jofra Archer taking three wickets along with Rahul Tewatia and Kartik Tyagi capturing one each.
Leaders without title play pivotal role in directing team: Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Eoin Morgan
Morgan enjoys that multi-cultural fabric which an IPL dressing room brings with players from different background, different languages, converging to create lasting memories.
Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer was then run out in the sixth over which reduced the team to 50/3.
SRH's weakness was also laid bare as lack of an experienced fifth bowler was exploited fully with Nicholas Pooran bludgeoning youngsters Abhishek Sharma and Abdul Samad.
Bairstow smashed 97 off just 55 balls -- during which he hit seven fours and six sixes -- while Warner made 52 off 40 balls as KXIP bowlers did not have a clue till the 15th over.
Tarakai, a top-order right-handed batsman, passed away at the age of 29 after succumbing to injuries sustained in a road accident.