Delhi Daredevils played host to Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi for the 42nd match of IPL 2018. The encounter turned out to be a delight for the cricket lovers. First, it was the masterclass of Rishabh Pant who notched up a wonderful hundred. Then Dhawan and Williamson ran away with the game for SRH as DD were left stranded once again.
Shreyas Iyer won the toss and just like the last game between these 2 sides, elected to bat first. Prithvi Shaw and Jason Roy made a subdued start and when they tried to up the ante, the former fell for 9 to Shakib Al Hasan in the 4th over. The Bangladeshi spinner struck again off the very next ball by removing Roy for 11.
After 5 overs, the hosts were struggling at 23/2 but Pant got into his own and smashed 3 consecutive boundaries to Siddharth Kaul in the last over of the powerplay to take the score to 38/2. But just when the duo seemed like constructing a decent partnership, a confusion in running between the wickets led to the downfall of Iyer in the 8th over.
Surprisingly, Harshal Patel was promoted to No.5. The scoring rate wasn’t great until the 10th over when DD reached 52/3. It was the time for the Pant to launch big. Patel gave good company to Pant who regularly found the boundary ropes. But after they added 55 runs for the 4th wicket, Pant once again ran his partner out as Patel departed for 24.
The belligerence of Rishabh Pant
The involvement in 2 run-outs charged up Pant massively and he took out his frustration on the SRH bowlers. Whether it was Shakib or Rashid or even Bhuvneshwar for that matter, the left-hander didn’t spare anyone in the latter half. He brought up his maiden IPL century off 56 balls in the penultimate over.
He then struck Bhuvneshwar for 2 fours and 3 sixes in the last over to take his side to a formidable 187/5 while remaining unbeaten at 128 off 63 balls that included 15 fours and 7 sixes.
In reply, the SRH batsmen came out with an intention of maximizing the powerplay. Alex Hales found his touch quickly and hit 3 boundaries. But Harshal Patel made a brilliant comeback after being hit and trapped the batsman in front with a wonderful slower one as Hales got out for 14.
Dhawan-Williamson spoiled the party for DD
Shikhar Dhawan had the skipper Kane Williamson for a company and the duo began stitching together a nice stand. After getting their eyes in, they took the score to 51/1 after 6 overs. It was believed to be a slow surface as apart from Pant, every other DD batsman found it hard scoring. But Dhawan and Williamson made it look easy with their classy batting.
Dhawan looked in a stunning form and his consistent boundary striking took care of the required run rate. Williamson, who was playing second fiddle to his partner initially, also began to find the boundaries. Dhawan notched up his fifty in the 12th over while Williamson too reached the landmark a couple of overs later.
SRH reached 139/1 after 14 overs as they needed just 49 from the last 6 overs. There was absolutely no stopping the duo as the DD bowlers were left clueless. Ultimately, SRH achieved the target in the 18th over with 7 balls to spare. Dhawan scored an unbeaten 92 while Williamson remained not out at 80 as SRH strengthened their pole position.
Delhi Daredevils won the toss and opted to bat first
Delhi Daredevils: 187/5 in 20 overs
Rishabh Pant 128* (63), Harshal Patel 24 (17)
Shakib Al Hasan 27/2 (4), Bhuvneshwar Kumar 51/1 (4)
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 188/1 in 18.5 overs
Shikhar Dhawan 92 (50), Kane Williamson 80 (53)
Harshal Patel 32/1 (4)
Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 9 wickets
Player of the Match: Shikhar Dhawan