Kane- Shikhar Rock SRH wins by 9 wickets
- Author: Julie Sanders May 11, 2018,
May 11, 2018, 19:06
He brought up his maiden IPL century in the nineteenth over, before smashing boundaries off the final five deliveries of the match (including three consecutive sixes) to finish unbeaten on 128 from 63 deliveries, single-handedly boosting the Daredevils to a defendable 5-187 after contributing nearly two-thirds of his side's total. At the start of his innings, Pant took time to settle down and later on, there was no stopping him as he went on to hammer his maiden IPL ton. Pant was shooting the ball all over the ground for boundaries, he was unstoppable.
With just six points from 11 games, Delhi's hopes of making it to the top four are all but gone.
Daredevils started well with the ball as they got the wicket of risky Alex Hales for 14 in just the second over off Harshal Patel who ended as the only wicket taker for DD. Dhawan scored 92 off 50 balls while Williamson contributed 83 off 53 balls. "(He is) an all-round good player", said the 43-year-old Kiwis' coach, a Star Sports Select Dugout expert of the T20 League.
Shakib Al Hasan of Sunrisers picked up two wickets. Going forward, we need to have plans for a player like Rishabh, who is playing really well on a given day.
The impact of Pant's innings could be judged by the fact that even with Australian shorter format specialist Glenn Maxwell at other end during overs No. 15 to 19, he scored 54 out of total 63 runs scored during that period.
The left-hander was also at his innovative best as he used the scoop shot over third man not once but thrice.
Bhuvneshwar, who bowled the 18th and 20th overs of the innings, astonishingly leaked 44 runs in those two overs itslef despite using all the weapons in his armoury, be it the wide yorkers, slower ones or variations in length.
Williamson has amassed 410 runs from 10 games, scoring five half-centuries. Pacer Kaul too had a forgettable outing as he conceded 48 runs off his four overs. I have played lots of cricket over here (at Kotla).
SRH coach Tom Moody had earlier said wickets during the Power Play were a concern, and Sharma admitted there are areas the team can improve on.