After cruising over Delhi Daredevils to seal a 9-wicket win here at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on Thursday, Sunrisers Hyderabad pace bowler Sandeep Sharma gave full credit to Daredevils batsman Rishabh Pant for his rampant innings without taking away anything from his team's bowling department.
Delhi got off to a bad start as they lost both the openers Prithvi Shaw and Jason Roy off consecutive deliveries in the 4th over. But Williamson (83 not out) and Dhawan (92 not out) were in irrepressible form and taking advantage of the dew factor, they tore into the Delhi bowling.
The win sees the Sunrisers become the first side to cement their position in this year's IPL playoffs, while the Daredevils' season is all but over.
Shreyas Iyer and Rishab Pant have been impressive for the Delhi franchise this season.
Earlier, Rishabh Pant once again stepped up to the occasion with his maiden century to rescue Delhi Daredevils from a dismal start and help them post a challenging 187/5. The match went according to the script as Delhi fought hard but still fell short amid superlative performances by Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson.
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The southpaw's valuable 55-run partnership with Harshal Patel off just 37 balls for the fourth wicket that steadied the hosts' sinking ship.
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.
The second run-out of the night seemed to hit Pant hard who took it upon himself to make up for those poor misjudgements.
"Our bowlers executed well, but he (Rishabh) forced himself even against our good deliveries to squeeze runs out of them".
The trio, along with pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddarth Kaul have damaged the opposition's batting at most times this tournament. That was only the second six of his innings, but he proceeded to blast five more in the final overs, including taking Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-51) for three in a row to end the innings in emphatic fashion. The talented young batsman from Delhi struck 15 boundaries and 7 maximums in his blistering knock to remind the cricketing fraternity of his batting talent. Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson put on stand for the second wicket.