Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Pant ton in vain as Dhawan, Williamson seal SRH's play-off spot

Pant ton in vain as Dhawan, Williamson seal SRH's play-off spot

Being one of the greatest exponents of "Bombay School of Batsmanship", which is a hallmark of purists, Vengsarkar lauded the 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman's unconventional strokeplay during his 63-ball-128 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Here, we look at the key talking points from the clash. Gambhir had scored 534 runs in the inaugural edition in in 2008.

The scare for DD will be the spin bowing trio of Rashid Khan, Yusuf Pathan and Shakib al Hasan.

Shaw departed after top-edging a short delivery to the safe hands of Shikhar Dhawan at cover before Roy nicked the next delivery back to Shreevats Goswami. Ridiculous, because he was responsible for two run-outs in the Delhi innings.

Now, the Delhi can only brood on what went wrong for them once again, while Hyderabad will be looking to take their challenge right to the end. After a 38-ball 116 at the same ground four months back, this was another Pant special. Wriddhiman Saha had hit 115 against Kolkata Knight Riders after coming in to bat in the 5th over, like Pant did in this match.

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Earlier, Pant dazzled in front of his home crowd to strike his maiden century in the IPL. The way Pant attacked Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan was marvellous and this innings will surely give Pant confidence and it will reaffirm that he belongs at the worldwide level and despite Delhi's dismal season, Pant has turned a corner and his India recall is not far away.

He then gave Delhi the ideal finish with three sixes and two boundaries off Bhuvneshwar as 26 runs came off the final over.

Involved in two avoidable run-outs, Pant compensated the miscommunication on the field with a blistering unbeaten 63-ball 128 which contained 15 boundaries and seven sixes, to arrest a careless start from the hosts.

Captain Kane does it again: His was only the third-highest score of the night, but Kane Williamson was again flawless as he anchored the Sunrisers run chase and provided the ideal foil for Shikhar Dhawan's 93* off 50. Trent Boult with the ball for DD.In OVERS 1.5, Harshal Patel struck early, Alex Hales gone for 14. Kane Williamson, the skipper, provided the flawless foil to the opener, tallying a classy unbeaten 83 to help Hyderabad to their ninth win of the season, thus helping them seal a berth in the playoffs.

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