Rishabh Pant's landmark ton goes in vain as SunRisers Hyderabad consolidate their position at the top

Rishabh Pant's landmark ton goes in vain
 

In a batting treat, the joint forces of Shikhar Dhawan (92*) and Kane Williamson (83*) helped SunRisers Hyderabad (191-1) overpower Rishabh Pant’s (128*) century to win against Delhi Daredevils (187-5) by 9 wickets.

How often do you see someone score an unbeaten century and not only end on the losing side but also be denied of the Man of the Match award. This match between DD and SRH at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi was one such affair.

After winning the toss DD decided to bat first. The move clearly did not go as per plan as Delhi were struggling at 38-2 at the end of the Powerplay overs with openers Prithvi Shaw(9) and Jason Roy (11) back in the hut.

Rishabh Pant (128*) then came out at No. 4 and made his intentions very clear right from the outset with a hat-trick of boundaries against pacer Siddarth Kaul (4-48-0). Pant literally toyed with the SRH bowlers. Even the best in the business like Rashid Khan (4-35-0) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4-51-1) bore his brunt. The keeper-batsman remained unbeaten till the end at 128 with a strike rate over 200 as DD reached a good score of 187-5.

The batting of SRH is not known to be particularly good. Going by their previous record this season, it was expected that they would buckle under the scoring rate.

However, once Alex Hales(14)  got out, the experienced duo of Opener Shikhar Dhawan (92*) and skipper Kane Williamson (83*) chased down the score without breaking a sweat.

They contributed to a record 176-run partnership to consolidate SRH’s position at the top of the order. While Williamson notched his 6th half century of the tournament, Dhawan also finally came good with a breezy 92.

Delhi who were practically already out of the mix just got a confirmation in today’s game that their hopes of qualifying to the Playoffs would not be materialized.

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