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Kane Williamson in the runs again as Sunrisers qualify for IPL playoffs

11 May 2018, 04:23 | Violet Powell

IPL 2018 Preview: Down and almost out Delhi Daredevils face relentless Sunrisers Hyderabad test

Williamson, bowlers star in thrilling five-run win

For all the ball-by-ball updates and live commentary you can keep a tab on TOI Sports' live blog and live updates well before the first ball is bowled.

Rishabh Pant is only 20 years old but is already showing signs of his enormous talent and rapid development with yet another special performance. It was fearless, dynamic and ornated with some outrageous shots. His last-over scoops off India's best death bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar made the crowd go insane.

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.

However, the big positive for Delhi has been the form of captain Iyer and opener Shaw. The Delhi bowlers totally fell by the wayside and failed to make any impression in what was a do-or-die contest for them. In the last four overs, 59 runs came off 18 balls from Pant's bat - the highest among all batsmen in the IPL.

The New Zealand captain has taken his aggregate for the IPL to an impressive 493, over 200 runs ahead of his next best Hyderabad teammate, at an average of 61.62. He then continued to dominate his position on the field as he smashed four sixes and as many fours in the next four overs as he approached his century.

Batting first, the Daredevils put up 187-5 in their 20 overs. A few of these replicas came in the final over bowled by Bhuvneshwar who was absolutely the costliest bowler to get Sunrisers, leaking 51 runs in four overs.

Is momentum even a thing?

Shaw mistimed a pull off a short chunk and Shikhar Dhawan latched on to it in cover. Having had started off the tournament well, providing his side with starts, he seemed out of sorts after he was hit on the elbow in their clash against Kings XI Punjab.

SRH has been unbelievable with their bowling this season but their batting hasn't clicked as of yet. Delhi, on the other hand, finally found themselves out of the play-off reckoning with the crushing defeat.

The wicket seemed to have eased out as the game progressed with the ball coming onto the bat easily, and the dew assisting the chasing side. Incidentally, the last over off Bhuvi cost SunRisers 26 runs, the most they have conceded in this year's edition. SRH, though, went about the chase in clinical fashion.

In reply, the Sunrisers lost opening batsman Alex Hales in just the second over, bringing Williamson to the crease. The Delhi batsman notched up his maiden IPL ton off 56 balls with his second half-century coming off just 20 balls. He was happy to play second fiddle to Dhawan early on with 22 off 21 balls.

Williamson hit an unbeaten 83 off 53 balls as the Sunrisers comfortably chased down the Delhi Daredevils' 187-5 in Delhi on Friday (NZT). Later on, Rishabh Pant was involved in run-outs of DD skipper Shreyas Iyer and Shreyas Patel that helped the visitors get back into the game.

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