Dhawan, Williamson overshadow Pant's efforts


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Delhi Daredevils set 188-run target with loss of 5 wickets for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Pant, who was involved in two run-outs, hit seven sixes and 15 boundaries in his scintillating knock but was naturally dejected at his team's failure to reach the playoffs. Not only is his side sitting pretty atop the IPL ladder with a 9-2 record, but he's also the tournament's second-leading run-scorer after peeling off his second consecutive fifty and sixth for the tournament; his 493 runs coming at a whopping average of 61.6 per outing.

The Delhi bowlers did not find the right ball to break the partnership that snatched away the match from the grasp of the local side.

With five overs left in the innings, Delhi stared at some sort of respectability before another miscommunication between the batsmen ended Patel's stay. Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled 6 yorkers in a crunch last over to take SRH home, exemplifying the confidence and ability with which they have been playing.

An early dismissal for Sunrisers' opener Alex Hales (14 off 10) may have caused an upsurge in the spirits of Delhi Daredevils against table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad, but in terms of encouragement, that was all the hosts had for the entire course of the visitors' innings. In that sense, Sunrisers couldn't have complained after having restricted Delhi to 52 for 3 at the halfway stage on a sluggish, two-paced wicket that was assisting the slower bowlers to quite an extent early on. Another one goes, complete howler by both the batsmen. Delhi were tottering at 43/3 and also going at less than six runs per over and again the change in the opening partnership (Jason Roy replacing Colin Munro) didn't help the matters much and the continuing failure of the top order has been one of the reasons for Delhi's awful season. "But we have to improve and take wickets with new ball". The pair orchestrated the chase to perfection, with just one over in the chase going without a boundary scored.

What's next for the teams? But it was a night when Shikhar Dhawan's elegance trumped Rishabh Pant's power; experience scoring over youth.

Heading into this game, Rajasthan Royals will certainly be all charged up as they would be considering this game as a final while Chennai Super Kings would be much more relaxed in their approach.

The knocks of Dhawan (92 not out) and Williamson (83 not out) and their second-wicket partnership of 176 runs not only made things easy for the Sunrisers under hard conditions, but also overshadowed the outstanding innings of DareDevils' wicketkeeper-batsman Pant.

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