Pant's century in vain as Sunrisers beat Daredevils

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Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (captain), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, Shakib Al Hasan, Manish Pandey, Carlos Brathwaite, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Rashid Khan, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Siddarth Kaul, T. Natarajan, Mohammad Nabi, Basil Thampi, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Sachin Baby, Chris Jorda, Tanmay Agarwal, Shreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Alex Hales.

Neither Prithvi Shaw (9) nor Jason Roy (11) could fire from the top of the order for the home side but Pant blasted an incredible 128 not out hitting Bhuvneshwar Kumar for three successive sixes in the final over of their innings.

Riding on Pant's blistering form had Delhi sealed their innings with 187 runs, which was supposed to be a challenging one for their opponents.

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. But despite this what led to Delhi's undoing was the lack of contributions from its foreign players like Glenn Maxwell with the bat; Liam Plunkett and Trent Boult with the ball.

Meanwhile, for SRH, Williamson will be the main man to watch out for. The error made it three wickets gone for Delhi before even reaching the 50-run mark.

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With that wicket, the Pant-Patel partnership ended at 55 runs in 37 balls as Delhi summoned Glen Maxwell to join the fray at 98/4.

"I was just trying to see the ball and hit it clean".

Their 50 partnership came off 34 balls, and expanded to a century-stand off 62 balls. Hyderabad's Shakib Al Hasan picked up two wickets giving away 27 runs.

Pant could not become the youngest batsman to score a century in the IPL but during this innings against Hyderabad, he becomes the youngest batsman to complete 1000 runs in IPL. He then continued to dominate his position on the field as he smashed four sixes and as many fours in the next four overs as he approached his century.

Rishabh Pant's explosive 128 not out off 63 balls couldn't prevent Sunrisers Hyderabad from beating Delhi Daredevils by nine wickets to knock them out of contention in the Indian Premier League on Thursday. Two days prior to that, Pant had hammered 79 off 45 balls to give Chennai Super Kings a real scare in a chase of 212. Delhi has been struggling in all departments but it would be interesting to see the Daredevils can survive the Hyderabad bowlers this time around.