Kane Williamson in the runs again as Sunrisers qualify for IPL playoffs


The Delhi bowlers started losing the plot right after the powerplay when the right-left duo of Williamson and Dhawan propelled the Sunrisers to 51/1 before racing to 91/1 midway into the innings.

Rishabh Pant single handedly destroyed the best bowling unit of Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) as Delhi Daredevils (DD) posted 187/5 against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground here on Thursday.

Pant's first century of the season also saw him get past the 400-run mark this IPL season and share a 55-run partnership off 37 balls with Harshal Patel for the fourth wicket.

The Kane Williamson-led side have more or less assured themselves of a place in the play-off after winning eight of their 10 matches to pocket 16 points while Delhi's campaign has been lacklustre with just three wins from 10 outings. "What would be great is if we took wickets early, that's what you are always after".

SRH coach Tom Moody had insisted that "players like Shikhar Dhawan don't just disappear off the face of Earth" on the eve of the game and the Delhi star chose the flawless setting to roar back into form after a disappointing outing in the IPL so far.

However, Delhi Daredevils has two in-form batsmen in their squad Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant who have contributed around 750 runs together in the matches played so far.

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The Daredevils had won the toss and elected to bat first with the Sunrisers reputation for defending scores preceding them.

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

Veteran Yusuf Pathan has of late found back his groove with his cameos lower down the order along side the left-hander Shakib and stumper Wriddhiman Saha.

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.

By the end of the night, Delhi were knocked out of the IPL.