Shikhar Dhawa, Kane Williamson ensure Sunrisers Hyderabad victory against Delhi

The 20-year-old Rishabh Pant played his best Twenty20 inning slamming 128 runs off only 63 deliveries with 15 fours and 7 sixes at an unbelievable strike rate of above 205 to get DD to a handsome total of 187/5 against the best bowling unit of IPL 2018.

The result: Sunrisers Hyderabad 1-191 (Dhawan 92*, Williamson 83*) beat Delhi Daredevils 5-187 (Pant 128*, Patel 1-32) by 9 wickets. The Delhi bowlers totally fell by the wayside and failed to make any impression in what was a do-or-die contest for them.

Shreyas Iyer (DD captain): "I think it was a brilliant total to get up to where we did". Now, they are in line to end at the bottom of the heap.

Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan left the hosts high and dry with the wickets of Shaw (9) and Roy (11) off the last two balls of his very first over. And when Shreyas was run out in a mix-up with Pant, Delhi were down to 43-3 in the eighth over.

Williamson hit eight fours and two sixes in his 53-ball innings, while his teammate Shikhar Dhawan finished 92 not out in the nine-wicket win.

A target of 188 seemed a fighting one.

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. Nothing less than the title should satisfy Hyderabad now.

In 2017, Pant broke the first-class record of the fastest century by an Indian batsman with a blink-and-you-miss 48-ball ton, his second of the match, against Jharkhand during the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy season.

Agreed SRH's forerunners - Alex Hales, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, and Yusuf Pathan haven't been able to put up a grand score as off yet.

However, Pant's knock reminded Ganguly of Brendon McCullum's 73-ball 158 n o against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening night of the IPL when Kolkata Knight Riders won by 140 runs at the M Chinnaswamy stadium April 18, 2008.

In doing so, Dhawan scored his second half-century of the season off 30 balls. Rishabh Pant scored 128 runs in 63 balls.

"Rishabh Pant has got to be one of the most fearless and powerful young batsman I have ever come across". But overall, our bowling was good too.

  • Leroy Wright