Dhawan, Williamson's record stand puts SunRisers Hyderabad into playoffs

Dhawan, Williamson's record stand puts SunRisers Hyderabad into playoffs

It was the Sunrisers' ninth win in 11 games as they retain top spot in the IPL standings.

Chasing a daunting total of 188, which also happens to be their highest successful run chase, Sunrisers overhauled it in 18.5 overs and lost just one wicket in the course. The inclusion of Alex Hales has rejuvenated the batting with his fiery starts at the top.

Sunrisers Hyderabad's star batsmen Shikhar Dhawan played marvellous unbeaten 92 in 50 balls and skipper Williamson played 83 runs not out in just 53 balls.

Kane Williamson and Shikar Dhawan registered a record partnership of 176 runs for the second wicket and made the team chase the total easily. They made three changes in their playing XI as Jason Roy, Harshal Patel and Shahbaz Nadeem came back in place of Daniel Christian, Naman Ojha and Harshal Patel.

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. It can be said that the 2017 IPL showed us only the half-picture of his brilliance as he had a more special show reserved for this year's tournament.

Shakib Al Hasan was the pick of the bowlers for SRH with his match figures of 4-0-27-2 where he took the important wickets of both the openers in successive balls.

With five overs left in the innings, Delhi stared at some sort of respectability before another miscommunication between the batsmen ended Patel's stay. However, Delhi has been out of the tournament, after they were beaten by Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Home Ground. Rajasthan Royals who are now on eight points have a game in hand as compared to the two teams above on 10 points. His 63-ball knock comprised of 15 fours and seven sixes, with runs coming from all corners.

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.

He also smashed Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 26 runs in the last over of the first inning which was quite hard to believe as Bhuvi has been in wonderful form this season bowling yorkers at will.

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. Today, Rajasthan Royals will take on Chennai Super Kings at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.

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