IPL: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Delhi Daredevils by 9 wickets

Hope Soto
May 11, 2018

Rishabh Pant's valiant century went in vain as Sunrisers Hyderabad made light work of Delhi Daredevils' challenging 187/5 to romp home by nine wickets and consolidate their stay at the top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) points table.

On Thursday they lock horns with a low-on-confidence Delhi Daredevils (DD), who are now lying in the bottom of the table with with six points.

Even though Delhi has Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant to put up a score that creates difficulty for SRH, but they have to stick and perform rock solid in front of the bowling maestros.

He scored 128 runs in 63 balls and helped Delhi to a massive score of 187 runs, which included 89 runs off the last six overs.

50 up for SRH in 5.4 overs.

However, once Alex Hales (14) got out, the experienced duo of Opener Shikhar Dhawan (92*) and skipper Kane Williamson (83*) chased down the score without breaking a sweat. Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson put on stand for the second wicket. In a fearless knock of 128 which featured a stunning 15 fours and seven sixes, the Delhi Daredevils wicketkeeper toyed at will with arguably the best bowling attack in this season.

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The boundary proved to be a turning point for the fates of the Daredevils as Iyer and Patel combined to tally 42 runs in three overs, taking their partnership to 50 runs in 30 balls including two sixes from Patel.

Shreyas Iyer and Rishab Pant have been impressive for the Delhi franchise this season.

It's Williamson's second straight fifty and sixth in the tournament. Out of the 11 times that these two teams have faced each other, Sunrisers hold an edge having won on seven occasions as compared to Delhi's four victories.

"Pant played a special knock and the target was above par".

With that wicket, the Pant-Patel partnership ended at 55 runs in 37 balls as Delhi summoned Glen Maxwell to join the fray at 98/4.

Interestingly, among batsmen recording the highest percentage of runs in a completed IPL inning, Pant (68.44 %) is now second on the list after Brendon McCullum (71.17%). During this smoky turn, Rishabh became the first Indian and a third batsman to score a hundred in IPL 11. I think towards the end, the ball was coming nicely onto the bat. And we have been playing on tough surfaces, so it was nice to go out and execute our batting plans.

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