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IPL 2018: Twitter Erupts As Sunrisers Hyderabad Decimate Delhi Daredevils

Credits: BCCI

Rishabh Pant’s maiden IPL ton went in vain as Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson fired Sunrisers Hyderabad to a thumping 9-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils. Both Dhawan and Williamson hit fifties to guide Sunrisers to their ninth win of the season.

Chasing a huge 188, the Sunrisers were off to a poor start as their opener Alex Hales departed after scoring just 14. However, it was not the precursor of the things that were to follow. Shikhar Dhawan and in-form Kane Williamson looked at ease right from the word go. The duo helped the Sunrisers recover from the poor start and lay the foundation for a brilliant chase.

At the end of the powerplay, the score was 51 for 1. They continued to make merry with the bat as Sunrisers raced away to 91 at the halfway stage. Dhawan was the aggressor during the stand while Williamson played the role of the second fiddle to perfection.

The India batting star reached his fifty off just 29 balls while Williamson hit his compatriot Trent Boult for a four to reach the milestone off 38 balls. With both the batsmen going strong, the visitors breached the 150-run mark in just the 15th over. From thereon, it was just a formality as the Sunrisers needed just 36 runs off the final five overs. Sunrisers eventually reached the target in the 19th over. Dhawan remained unbeaten on 92 while Williamson remained unbeaten on 80.

Earlier in the match, Rishabh pant’s stunning century had helped Delhi recover from 98 for 4 to post a huge 187 for 5.

Shreyas Iyer’s decision to bat first against the bowling heavy visitors backfired initially. Shakib Al Hasan dismissed in-form Prithvi Shaw and Jason Roy cheaply to leave the hosts reeling at 21 for 3. The Daredevils then suffered another huge setback when their skipper departed after scoring just 3.

Pant and Harshal Patel then stopped the rot for a while. The duo added 55 runs for the fourth wicket before the latter was run out. From thereon, it was just about Pant. The southpaw initially took his time but accelerated just when his team needed him to. He  reached his fifty off 36 deliveries with a six. He then took only 20 more balls to reach the triple-digit. He continued the massacre till the very last ball of the innings.

The 20-year old was in such a devastating form that he took even Bhuvneshwar Kumar to the cleaners. In the final over of the innings, he hit the pacer for two fours and three sixes off 5 balls to finish on a strong note. He remained unbeaten on 128 off 63 balls with the help of 15 fours and 7 sixes.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the match: 

 

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