Desperate Delhi take on high-flying Hyderabad

Desperate Delhi take on high-flying Hyderabad

Desperate Delhi take on high-flying Hyderabad

Powered by a 176-run partnership between captain Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan, Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday cruised to a breezy 9-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils here at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. The likes of Rashid Khan, Siddharth Kaul and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were all taken to the cleaners as Pant hit his stride.

Heaping praise on Kane Williamson and including him in his list of top five current batsmen in the world, New Zealand national team coach Mike Hesson described that country's captain as having the skills to adapt to any format of the game.

Involved in two avoidable run-outs, Pant compensated the miscommunication on the field with a blistering unbeaten 63-ball 128 which contained 15 boundaries and seven sixes, to arrest a careless start from the hosts.

In their last meeting at Hyderabad, SRH openers Alex Hales and Shikhar Dhawan took the game away from DD's hands by putting up 76-run stand for first wicket.

Pant could not become the youngest batsman to score a century in the IPL but during this innings against Hyderabad, he becomes the youngest batsman to complete 1000 runs in IPL. After a 38-ball 116 at the same ground four months back, this was another Pant special.

He even reached the 50-run markers together with his signature struck, a six over mid wicket off Shakib.

He was a man possessed after Harshal Patel walked back, failing to return in time after setting out for a second run.

Batting first, the Daredevils put up 187-5 in their 20 overs. Bhuvneshwar, who had conceded 7 runs off his first two overs, finished with his second-most expensive figures in the IPL of 1 for 51, with 44 coming off his last two. But despite this what led to Delhi's undoing was the lack of contributions from its foreign players like Glenn Maxwell with the bat; Liam Plunkett and Trent Boult with the ball.

It's Williamson's second straight fifty and sixth in the tournament.

Delhi started off weak in the campaign managing just one win among a flurry of defeats. Both Williamson and Dhawan remained unbeaten on the night as they ensured none of the other SRH batsmen had any role to play in their team's highest run chase of all time.

And Pant was involved in a frightful mix-up that resulted in skipper Shreyas Iyer (3) getting run-out going for a non-existent single. It was the also highest individual score for an Indian batsman in IPL history, eclipsing Murali Vijay's 127 (for Chennai Super Kings) in 2010.

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