IPL 2018: Warm Delhi to host DD vs SRH clash

Williamson, bowlers star in thrilling five-run win

Rishabh Pant smacked a sizzling century as Delhi Dardevils (DD) finished at 187-5 after electing to bat first against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). While the hosts, are in some deep trouble, even if they win all 4 of their remaining matches their chances of qualifying is low.

Thereafter, experienced worldwide pair Dhawan and Williamson led an utterly chanceless run-chase, with the latter bringing up a sixth IPL fifty of the season.

And Pant was involved in a terrible mix-up that resulted in skipper Shreyas Iyer (3) getting run-out going for a non-existent single.

Sunrisers Hyderabad's Kane Williamson in action.

From there, it was all one way traffic, as Williamson combined with Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan, with the pair adding an unbeaten stand of 176 runs to see their side home with nine wickets and seven balls to spare.

While Patel was run out and Australian Maxwell (9) fell cheaply, Pant reached his maiden IPL hundred off 56 balls, which included 15 fours and seven sixes, as Delhi's posted 5-187.

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.

But a determined Pant went through to his fourth fifty of the tournament a ball later with a muscled six over deep midwicket off Shakib. Prior to this century, he has also scored 3 half centuries in the current season. Moreover, Hyderabad's eight wins mean that they have already equalled their tally of maximum wins (8) in the league stages of an 8 team IPL season. The decision seemed to backfire as Jason Roy and Prithvi Shaw were dismissed by Shakib Al Hasan, which imparted pressure on them.

Latest Update: Rishabh Pant has really played a blinder here, this pitch is not the best for strokeplay but he showed patience and stayed put. The trio have done bulk of the scoring in this IPL season for DD.

The first big hit of Delhi's innings came only in the eleventh over as Harshal Patel, quite unexpectedly, cleared Siddharth Kaul's short length delivery with a powerful shot over mid-wicket to launch the ball out for a six.

Pant wasn't done just yet, as he took 26 runs off Bhuvneshwar Kumar's (1-51) last over to finish with the 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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