The match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils wrapped up with two big records. Rishabh Pant became the highest individual striker in IPL 2018 tournament with his record score of unbeaten 128 runs. On the other side, Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson forged the highest partnership stretch for Sunrisers Hyderabad so far, scoring an unbeaten 176. Their joint enterprise was enough to shun Pant’s record impression on the game. Despite, his milestone knock, Daredevils could not defend the total tally of 187. Sunrisers Hyderabad scored 191 winning the match by a massive nine wickets and seven balls remaining.
The match was also a crucial breakthrough of IPL 2018 season making the way for Sunrisers Hyderabad as the first team to reach playoff stage. Also, the result made Delhi Daredevils the first team to be on the knock out row. Apart from these revelations, the high scoring match had impressive sights to witness off Pant, Dhawan and Williamson.
Delhi started the match handing out two wickets to Shakib Al Hasan in the fourth over. Prithvi Shaw and Jason Roy were both done away slogging the chase to 21 for 2. However, as soon as Pant started his strike, blitzing boundaries broke in almost like hailstorm against Sunrisers’ bowler. He scored the half century off 36 balls, while in next 20 balls, he took the next 50 runs. When the inning ended, brining 135 runs in the next 10-over stretch. Harshal Patel played the last overs to plunder two half-centuries for his 17-ball-24.
The chase could have been a challenging one owing to conditions at the Kotla pitch. However, Dhawan and Kane Williamson were too lethal to be subjected into such restriction. The only wicket Daredevils’ bowlers could nick in the match was that of Alex Hales. That too was taken by Harshal, a player quite new to the circuit. The only over without a boundary in the chase was second, bowled by Shahbaz Nadeem. Dhawan scored 92 off 50 balls, while Williamson knocked 83 off 53 balls. With their strike, the win almost seemed like a cakewalk for Hyderabad.
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