IPL: Rishabh Pant Powers Delhi to Challenging Total Against Hyderabad


Talking about the only match of the day, Shikhar Dhawan returned to form in the hour of need as Hyderabad ended Delhi's play-off hopes with a thumping nine-wicket win. Earlier opting to bat, Delhi Daredevils posted a challenging 187 for 5 in stipulated 20 overs.

Captain Kane does it again: His was only the third-highest score of the night, but Kane Williamson was again flawless as he anchored the Sunrisers run chase and provided the ideal foil for Shikhar Dhawan's 93* off 50. After losing opener Alex Hales in the second over, the pair put their combined worldwide experience to use as they added a season-record 176-run partnership for the second wicket, chasing down Delhi's total in clinical fashion to arrive at the total with two full overs to spare.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, Shakib Al Hasan, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Carlos Brathwaite, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Rashid Khan, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Siddarth Kaul, T Natarajan, Mohammad Nabi, Basil Thampi, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Tanmay Agarwal, Shreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Alex Hales.

Delhi didn't help themselves either as they bowled in the wrong areas and looked to save runs rather than pick wickets.

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Rishabh Pant played a memorable 128 runs knock for Delhi. He remained in the Delhi setup for two years i.e. 2013 and 2014 but failed to create much of an impact. But all his efforts went in vain as the bowlers couldn't defend the total on a track where three batsmen played some cricket of high quality.

His special knock comprising 15 fours and seven sixes also more than made up for his involvement in run-outs of captain Shreyas Iyer (3 off 7) and a set Hasrshal Patel (24 off 17).

Two days after being dropped from India's T20I squad for Ireland and England because MS Dhoni "rightfully earned his spot back", Rishabh Pant served another reminder of his six-hitting abilities and the consistency with which he hits them. Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to end up victorious against Delhi Daredevils in the last match by chasing 188. Throughout his overwhelming shift, Pant has done many records together. Pant took apart Bhuvneshwar for 43 runs in 11 balls, hitting him for four sixes and four fours, while in 13 balls against Rashid, he scored 27 runs, with one six and four fours. Another one goes, complete howler by both the batsmen. Their only two defeats have come against Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings.