NEW DELHI: Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Kane Williamson helped Sunrisers Hyderabad become the first team to book play-off spot as the table-toppers defeated Delhi Daredevils by nine wickets at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday. Sunrisers registered their ninth victory from 11 games to strengthen their top position with 18 points in the 2018 Indian Premier League standings.
Scorecard | As it happened
Dhawan (92*) and Williamson (83*) added unconquered 176 runs for the second wicket, the best stand of the season, to help Sunrisers chased down the 188-run target in 18.5 overs. After opting to bat, Daredevils were able to set the competitive target riding on young Rishabh Pant‘s unbeaten 63-ball 128, which went in vain in the end.
Dhawan smacked four sixes and nine fours during his 50-ball blitzkrieg, while Williamson hit two sixes and eight fours in his 53-ball knock as the duo made the chase a routine one.
The defeat ended the chances of Daredevils to progress further in the tournament as they are stuck to the bottom of the points table with six points from 11 games.
Alex Hales started the run chase confidently as he hit Harshal Patel for back-to-back fours, but in the next ball Patel trapped the Englishman leg before to reduce Sunrisers to 15/1 in 1.5 overs.
Williamson and Dhawan then led the chase as they took the score to 51/1 after six powerplay overs with the latter hitting Trent Boult for a four and a six in consecutive balls.
The two senior pros hit boundaries regularly as they guided Sunrisers to 91/1 at the halfway mark. Dhawan completed his fifty off 30 balls, which included two maximums and six boundaries, with a four off Patel in the 12th over.
It was just a start for Dhawan as the left-hander smacked Shahbaz Nadeem for two sixes in the 13th over to make the equation a gettable 58 runs off 42 balls.
Williamson also completed his fifty, sixth of the season, in 38 balls with the help of a six and five fours as the duo took Sunrisers to 152/1 after 15 overs.
Needing 36 off final five overs, Dhawan and Williamson took 3.5 overs more to complete the chase.
Earlier, Pant smashed his maiden IPL hundred to help Delhi overcome a poor start and reached an imposing 187/5. Pant was unstoppable in his unbeaten knock as he toyed with arguably the best bowling attack in the competition, single-handedly giving a fighting chance to a struggling Delhi side.
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) and a set Patel (24 off 17).
Delhi decided to put scoreboard pressure on the opposition by deciding to bat but things did not go according to plan in the powerplay.
Shakib Al Hasan struck off consecutive balls in the fourth over to remove in-form opener Prithvi Shaw (9) and Englishman Jason Roy (11), leaving Delhi at 21/2.
Shaw mistimed a pull off a short ball and Dhawan latched on to it at cover. Shakib sent back Roy the very next ball with a beauty that turned away just enough to take the edge to the wicket-keeper.
Pant released the pressure with a hat-trick of boundaries against Siddharth Kaul in the sixth over before doing the same to lead spinner Rashid Khan in the 12th over. Delhi had crawled to 52 for three in 10 overs but Pant’s power hitting quickly changed the course of the game.
He reached the 50-run mark with his trademark hit, a six over midwicket off Shakib. He got to the 100 in a similar fashion, muscling a full toss from Kaul for over midwicket. The way Pant took on the likes of Shakib, Kaul and Bhuvenshwar Kumar was commendable.
The 20th over saw Pant dispatching Bhuvneshwar for three consecutive sixes, including a one-handed one that sailed over long-on. Bhuvneshwar proved to be the most expensive bowler for Sunrisers, leaking 51 runs in four overs. Thanks to Pant, Delhi amassed 138 runs in the last 10 overs.
Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 191/1 in 18.5 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 92*; Harshal Patel 1/32) beat Delhi Daredevils 187/5 (Rishabh Pant 128*; Shakib Al Hasan 2/27) by nine wickets
Source : timesofindia