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Rishabh Pant's 'Pantastic' century against Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2018

12 May 2018, 10:20 | Melissa Porter

Pant's swashbuckling knock reminded Ganguly of McCullum's hundred Bangalore in the first match of the inaugural edition in 2008

Pant's swashbuckling knock reminded Ganguly of McCullum's hundred Bangalore in the first match of the inaugural edition in 2008

With the help of 176 runs partnership between Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Kane Williamson, Hyderabad countered Pant's century and booked the place in the IPL playoffs and closed the doors for Delhi Daredevils.

The experienced duo was a delight to watch as it completed the chase with utmost calm. At the start of his innings, Pant took time to settle down and later on, there was no stopping him as he went on to hammer his maiden IPL ton.

Now that leaves us with Rajasthan Royals who should consider this as a final if they want to still salvage something out of this tournament. SRH have won their last five games on the trot, while Delhi lost their previous game to... SRH.

I've described Kane Williamson in glowing terms and the 5/2 favourite tag here is the sensible play.

Dhawan smashed a four and six off Boult, in the sixth over of the innings, later opening up against Vijay Shankar right after the strategic break.

Williamson batted superbly again to score his 6th fifty of the tournament.

Where Pant had to play all type of unorthodox shots to exploit the SRH bowling unit, Dhawan and Williamson concentrated on traditional form of batting to easily get their team through to the challenging target.

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.

Delhi made a decision to put scoreboard pressure on the opposition by deciding to bat but things did not go according to plan in the powerplay.

Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Delhi Daredevils by 9 wickets in the 42nd match of IPL season 11.

Shakib dented DD early and removed the openers of back-to-ball deliveries.

Sublime, because he was Delhi's lone soldier on a very tricky pitch at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium. He reached the 50-run mark with his trademark hit, a six over midwicket off Shakib. The way Pant took on the likes of Shakib, Kaul and Bhuvenshwar Kumar was commendable. After initially walking across to give the impression of trying to scoop the length over short fine leg, he quickly opened up his wrists, turned around the bat face and ramped it over short third man. Pacer Kaul too had a forgettable outing as he conceded 48 runs off his four overs. Additionally, IPL has provided young Indian players a chance to showcase their skills in a setting that selectors can no longer ignore.

It was the Sunrisers' ninth win in 11 games as they retain top spot in the IPL standings.

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