Fifties from Williamson, Dhawan put Sunrisers in control

Sunrisers Hyderabad player Kane Williamson has been in impressive form

Delhi Daredevils won the toss and opted to bat first against a strong bowling line-up of SRH.

Chasing 188 runs for victory, Sunrisers Hyderabad reached the target with 7 balls to spare and 9 wickets in hand.

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 ideal setting to roar back into form after a disappointing outing in the IPL so far. Harshal Patel got the early wicket of Alex Hales but the DD bowlers failed to create any pressure at all. SRH are also on a winning run of 5 successive games, their best in any season of the IPL.

Their batting mainly centres around the skipper - Williamson - who has repeatedly dug them out of troubled waters, scoring five half centuries so far in this season. ShiKhar Dhawan sored 92 off 50 included 9 fours and 4 sixes. DD, on the other hand, are nearly out of the contest as even if they win all of their remaining games, they will finish with 14 points provided that they win all games.

In the final over of the powerplay, Pant took Siddharth Kaul's bowling spell for a rampage, hitting four boundaries (all fours) in three deliveries to put Delhi at 38/2, and allowing room for hope that there was still a certain load of ammunition in the Daredevils' lineup.




Even as two run outs - of skipper Shreyas Iyer and Harshal - resulted out of what seemed like Pant's poor calling, he kept a calm head, cashing in on opportunities.

They contributed to a record 176-run partnership to consolidate SRH's position at the top of the order.

His innings included 15 boundaries and seven monster hits over the ropes. These runs are made with the sensational average of 52.10 and the strike rate of 179.65. Pacer Kaul too had a forgettable outing as he conceded 48 runs off his four overs. Delhi didn't learn from SRH's mistakes; the slower balls were taken for runs, and they didn't pick that up.

Delhi would now look for some consolation wins in their remaining games and would thus try to end the season on a positive note by making certain upsets and disturbing the figures of the opposition teams.

Williamson struck an unbeaten 83 off 53 balls as the Sunrisers comfortably chased down the Delhi Daredevils' 187-5 in Delhi to remain at the top of the IPL ladder. It was the also highest individual score for an Indian batsman in IPL history, eclipsing Murali Vijay's 127 (for Chennai Super Kings) in 2010.

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