Fresh off their heroics against Delhi Daredevils (DD), Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson once again sizzled with the bat – to help a visiting side Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), to recover from a poor start and post a challenging total of 179 for four against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Pune.
Asked to bat first, the in-form Sunrisers made a shaky start. Alex Hales continued to struggle at the top as he found it tough to get going.
Making the return after injury, highly-impressive Deepak Chahar ended the English opener’s painful stay at the crease after latter managed to score only two off 9 balls.
Following Hales’ dismissal, the jampacked stadium witnessed previous match heroes Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson in the middle. The duo started from where they had left against Daredevils.
In their previous game, the duo smashed record unbeaten 176 stand- they further took their time early on. However, as a result, runs came at a slower rate. At the end of the powerplay, the Sunrisers were 29 for one.
It, however, was no precursor of the things that were to follow. Both the players soon found their groove and runs started to flow. The next four overs after the powerplay yielded 33 runs as the duo started laying the foundation for a good total.
By the time, the fifteenth over ended, the scoreboard was reading 130 as the Sunrisers had accumulated 68 runs in five overs.
In the meantime, Dhawan had raced away to his fifty off 31 balls with a six off Ravindra Jadeja. Williamson followed the suit and reached his fifty off 37 balls. The stand was finally broken in the 16th over Dwayne Bravo sent back Dhawan for 79.
Aggressive batter Dhawan departed after adding 123 runs with his skipper. A ball later, Shardul Thakur sent back Williamson, giving Super Kings a chance to turn things around.
But a cameo from Deepak Hooda (21) then helped Sunrisers finish on 179.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the innings of visitors Sunrisers Hyderabad:
Britannia 50-50 biscuits still around? Coz they should sign Kane Williamson, he keeps getting 50 after 50 after 50 ? #CSKvSRH
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) May 13, 2018
Another top spell with the new ball from Deepak Chahar. Excellent signing and used well by Dhoni.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 13, 2018
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) May 13, 2018
Fantastic partnership btwn Dhawan and Williamson, breaking stranglehold, taking game away from CSK.SRH look good for 170 now, tough to chase
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 13, 2018
Dhoni and his team selections are weird sometimes why do you need chahar and willey both in the team both can't bowl after 14 overs ??
— Carlos (@tarun_0707) May 13, 2018
Shikhar Dhawan is taking revenge of that girl who ate his chocolate bar. #IPL
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) May 13, 2018
— Swapnil Suryawanshi (@swapnil_bs) May 13, 2018
Warner made immense contribution to #SRH as a leader & as a batsman all these years. The same can be said for Williamson this year. However, none of them would have been able to do what they have done so far without Shikhar Dhawan. He has been one of their pillars too. #CSKvSRH
— Prasenjit Dey (@CricPrasen) May 13, 2018
Exceptional batting from Shikhar Dhawan. Paced his innings perfectly and along-with Williamson has helped #SRH recover from a poor start. Dhawan's form has come just at the right time for the Sunrisers and is a huge positive for them going into the play-offs. #CSKvSRH
— Sparsh Telang (@SparshTelang) May 13, 2018
Achievement of Kane Williamson in IPL 2018:
1. He scored more than 500 runs with 6 fifties.
2. SRH becomes first team to qualify in playoffs.
3. He is not featured in Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan Ad to dancing with Deepika Padukone.#SRHvCSK
— Sunil- The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) May 13, 2018
Kane Williamson last 10 innings
50, 54, 84, 29, 0, 63, 32*, 56, 83*, 51*
Consistency level: Kane
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) May 13, 2018
There was a poll on air asking who has been the better captain this season. Options were Kane Williamson and MS Dhoni. The results are Kane Williamson – 53% and MS Dhoni – 47%.
Captain Kane is rocking this season with his calm and composed captaincy ??? #IPL2018
— …. (@ynakg2) May 13, 2018
— Nikhil Deshpande (@Chaseeism) May 13, 2018
Most fifty-plus scores by a captain in an IPL season:
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) May 13, 2018