A desperate Delhi Daredevils will have to learn from the mistakes made in the previous game against table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad when the two sides with contrasting campaigns meet in a re-match today.
It was his sixth half century and took his tournament tally to 493.
It was the Sunrisers' ninth win in 11 games as they retain top spot in the IPL standings.
Sunrisers have now completed a hat-trick of appearances in IPL playoffs.
Williamson and Dhawan seemed to be having quite a stroll in the park as they faced no compilations in keeping the run-rate above the required margin across all overs. Sunrisers' brilliant performance came after Pant's maiden IPL hundred, an innings having a ideal blend of a high-quality and innovative strokeplay, which were not enough to arrest his team's slide. ShiKhar Dhawan sored 92 off 50 included 9 fours and 4 sixes. Pressure paid-off for SRH and Shakib sent both the openers back to the dugout. The average score here batting first has been about the 180-run mark. He got towards the a hundred in a similar manner, muscling a full throw from Kaul for over mid wicket. The way Pant took on the likes of Shakib, Kaul and Bhuvenshwar Kumar was commendable.
Even the lefthander was in his revolutionary best as he had the scoop shot third person perhaps not once but thrice. Bhuvneshwar, who had conceded 7 runs off his first two overs, finished with his second-most expensive figures in the IPL of 1 for 51, with 44 coming off his last two. It was a rare off day for its India pacer.
The Delhi stumper, who became the youngest to 1000 IPL runs, immediately moved into the 90s when he clobbered Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan for a four and a six off consecutive balls before treating Bhuvneshwar Kumar with disdain.
With five overs left in the innings, Delhi stared at some sort of respectability before another miscommunication between the batsmen ended Patel's stay.
"Any quality batsman, if they have got the skills, will adapt (to) any form of the game and Kane Williamson is no different", Hesson said ahead of the high-flying SRH game against the struggling Delhi Daredevils.