Rishabh Pant takes 70 off 24 balls against Rashid and Bhuvneshwar

Risabh Pant after scoring ton

The result: Sunrisers Hyderabad 1-191 (Dhawan 92*, Williamson 83*) beat Delhi Daredevils 5-187 (Pant 128*, Patel 1-32) by 9 wickets.

Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan left the hosts high and dry with the wickets of Shaw (9) and Roy (11) off the last two balls of his very first over.

Delhi immediately invited more trouble for themselves after skipper Iyer (3) was caught short of the non-striker's end by a mile, thanks to his bad miscommunication with Pant for the second time this season.

Rishabh Pant soaked it all in after his breathtaking ton off only 56 balls. Sunrisers won the toss and elected to field first.

Kiwi Kane Williamson's incredible form continued as he led his Sunrisers Hyderabad team into the IPL playoffs.

The southpaw came into bat at a critical situation as Delhi Daredevils lost their openers cheaply in the powerplay but Pant initially took his time to settle and later clobbered every opposition bowler. Sunrisers Hyderabad never felt the pressure and registered a nine wicket victory chasing the massive total in 18.5 overs.

Pant reached his half-century off 36 balls and then accelerated further, scoring 79 runs off the last 28 balls he faced at an astounding strike rate of 282.14.

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 to form.

The 20th over saw Pant dispatching Bhuvneshwar for two boundaries and three consecutive sixes, including a one handed hit that sailed over long-on.

"We had some great and experienced bowlers in our team - there's Bhuvneshwar (Kumar), Rashid Khan, Siddharht Kaul, who have been putting excellent deliveries throughout the tournament".

Pant, now the orange cap holder as leading run-scorer in the tournament, smashed 15 fours and seven sixes in a stunning 128 not out off 63 balls - his final 73 runs full of improvised scoops and shovels taking just 27 deliveries - as Delhi posted a testing 187-5 from their 20 overs. In his whole innings he scored 83 runs in 53 an hit 2sixes while 8 fours.

Apart from Pant's exploits, Delhi failed as a batting unit. Alex Hales goes for 14 runs in the second over.

The 176-run stand for the second between Dhawan and Williamson helped SRH chase down their highest total in IPL.

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