A stupendous partnership of 176 between Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan gave Sunrisers Hyderabad a clinical nine wicket win over Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla in Delhi on Thursday. The win not only cements SRH’s position at the top of the Indian Premier League table but also assures them off a playoff berth while DD are knocked out of the eleventh edition of the tournament. Earlier a superb century by Rishabh Pant had helped Delhi score 187/5 in their allotted 20 overs. Shakib Al Hasan was the best bowler for Hyderabad claiming two wickets in his four overs giving away just 27 runs.Get highlights of Delhi Daredevils vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2018 match here. (STREAMING) (FULL COVERAGE) (SCORECARD)
23:40 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan is the player of the match for his unbeaten 92 off 50 balls.
23:28 hrs IST: That’s it! What should have been a challenging total has been chased down with ease by Sunrisers Hyderabad. The win means they are now assured of a play-off berth, while Delhi have been sent packing.
23:20 hrs IST: Sunrisers are in cruise mode now, they require a run a ball and they are doing it at a canter now. 10 runs off the 18th over. SRH 180/1.
23:17 hrs IST: Six runs from Harshal Patel’s over but the damage has already been done. SRH are on the verge of qualifying for the playoffs while Delhi are heading out. SRH 170/1.
23:10 hrs IST: From around 9 runs an over it is now run a ball required for SRH. They have timed the chase impeccably. SRH 164/1 after 16.
23:03 hrs IST: Kane Williamson brings up his fifty and smacks his compatriot Trent Boult to two boundaries in the 15th over to take SRH ever closer to the target. SRH 152/1 after fifteen.
22:58 hrs IST: A relatively quiet over, nine runs come in Glenn Maxwell’s over. SRH need 49 from the remaining six overs.
22:53 hrs IST: No bowler is being spared, Nadeem has also been plundered, Dhawan planted him for two sixes in the over. The chase should be cakewalk now. SRH 130/1.
22:43 hrs IST: Another over where runs came freely, SRH are now clear favourites to win this match and knock Delhi out of IPL. SRH 112/1.
22:43 hrs IST: Amit Mishra now leaking runs, Williamson hit him for six over midwicket and Dhawan hit him for a four past fine-leg. SRH 105/1.
22:32 hrs IST: Kane Williamson now gets into the act, he hits Plunkett for two fours past mid-off in the tenth over. SRH are ideally placed to chase down the total. SRH 91/1.
22:32 hrs IST: A four past long-off spoils what until then was a good over by Mishra. SRH building a head of steam. SRH 80/1.
22:29hrs IST: Fourteen runs off Vijay Shankar’s first over, Dhawan deposited him for a four and six over the midwicket boundary. SRH 73/1
22:21 hrs IST: Spin could play a crucial role in this run chase and Amit Mishra bowls a relatively quiet over conceding just seven. Asking rate is not exactly 10. SRH 58/1 after seven.
22:18 hrs IST: Dhawan hits Trent Boult for a four and a six in the over to stop run rate from jumping up. SRH 51/1 at the end of the powerplay overs.
22:14 hrs IST: Two of Hyderabad’s most reliable players are at the crease, they need to put together a good partnership and give middle order a chance to chase down this total. Another over of nine runs is keeping SRH going. Liam Plunkett at the end of the treatment this time. SRH 38/1 after five.
22:10 hrs IST: Hyderabad score 9 runs of Harshal Patel’s second over, SRH are 29/1 after four overs.
22:06 hrs IST: Spin is introduced in the attack and it was a tidy over from Shahbaz Nadeem. SRH 20/1 after 3 overs.
21:59 hrs IST: Hales got two consecutive boundaries but it was Harshal Patel got the final laugh as he dismissed the England opener for 14. SRH 15/1
21:56 hrs IST: Alex Hales starts the SRH innings with a good touch as he gets the first boundary of the innings through mid-wicket. Sunrisers Hyderabad 6/0 after the first over.
21:39 hrs IST: Pant slams three sixes off the last three balls to take Delhi to 187/5 after 20 overs. Pant hits highest IPL score of IPL 2018 to put Delhi in a commanding position.
21:32 hrs IST: Pant brings up his ton off 56 balls by hitting a boundary over midwicket. DD marching towards a good score. DD 161/4 after 19.
21:27 hrs IST: Even Bhuvneshwar can’t stop Rishabh Pant, the pacer is taken for 18 in the 18th over. DD 151/4 after 18.
21:20 hrs IST: Pant showing no signs of stopping, he takes Rashid Khan for 13 in the seventeenth over. DD 133/4.
21:12 hrs IST: It’s raining sixes of Pant’s bat he plants one over mid-on of Siddarth Kaul to edge delhi closer to a respectable total. DD 120/4 after 16.
21:08 hrs IST: Rishabh Pant brings up his fifty and Delhi’s hundred with a six over midwicket. He follows that up with a boundary straight down the ground. Delhi need to keep going if they are to post a competitive score. DD 111/4.
21:03 hrs IST: A tight over from Rashid Khan puts pressure on Delhi and that results in the run-out of Harshal Patel. DD 98/4 after 14 overs.
20:58 hrs IST: Third good over for Delhi in a row, Harshal Patel struck a six while Pant got a boundary in Sandeep Sharma’s over. DD 94/3 after 13 overs
20:54 hrs IST: Another good over for Delhi as Rishabh Pant sweeps and reverse sweeps Rashid Khan for three boundaries in the over. DD 81/3.
20:51 hrs IST: Harshal Patel hits first six of the Delhi innings over midwicket and Pant follows that with a boundary past square-leg. First real expensive over from Sunriseres, Delhi will be hoping for more. DD 66/3.
20:45 hrs IST: 50 comes up for Delhi in the tenth over, the team is struggling to get any boundaries away. Rashid Khan continues the good work. DD 52/3.
20:39 hrs IST: More of the same from Shakib Al Hasan, concedes just four singles from his third over. Sunrisers are tightening the screw. DD 48/3.
20:35 hrs IST: Pressure by Sandeep Sharma pays off as Delhi lose their third wicket, Skipper Shreyas Iyer is run out. DD 44/3. Harshal Patel in next!
20:30 hrs IST: No hat-trick for Shakib Al Hasan, but he keeps it tight conceding just five singles of the over. DD 43/2.
20:26 hrs IST: Rishabh Pant gets two boundaries off Siddarth Kaul’s over, over streaky, other an imperious cover drive. These of Delhi’s most inform players are at the crease, a lot relies on the pair. DD 38/2 at the end of the powerplay.
20:22 hrs IST: Superb over by Sandeep following Shakib’s over he concedes just two runs from the fifth over. DD 23/2.
20:17 hrs IST: Prithvi Shaw smacked a boundary past mid-on off Shakib Al Hasan but the Bangladeshi got his revenge later in the over getting both Delhi openers, Shaw gone for 9 and Roy for 11. DD 21/2.
20:12 hrs IST: Jason Roy did manage to get a boundary in Bhuvneshwar’s second over but the pacer concedes just five runs in the third over. DD 16/0.
20:08 hrs IST: Jason Roy got the first boundary of the innings off the bowling of Sandeep Sharma, DD 11/0 after two overs.
20:04 hrs IST: Good start by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for Sunrisers Hyderabad, a tidy start by him at the Kotla, DD 3/0.
19:59 hrs IST: Prithvi Shaw and Jason Roy will be opening the batting for Delhi Daredevils, Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl the first over for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
19:52 hrs IST: A win tonight will guarantee a playoff spot for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
19:43 hrs IST: That’s how the two teams will line up tonight
Delhi Daredevils (Playing XI): Prithvi Shaw, Jason Roy, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Glenn Maxwell, Vijay Shankar, Liam Plunkett, Harshal Patel, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Trent Boult
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing XI): Alex Hales, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Shreevats Goswami(w), Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma
19:40 hrs IST:Three changes for Delhi, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jason Roy and Harshal Patel come in, out go Daniel Christian, Naman Ojha and Avesh Khan.
19:35 hrs IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad make one change to their team, out goes injured Wriddhiman Saha and in comes Shreevats Goswami.
19:32 hrs IST:Delhi Daredevils have won the toss and elected to bat first vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in this must win game.
19:15 hrs IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad come into the match having won five out of their five matches, the task for Delhi Daredevils really is a daunting one.
19:06 hrs IST: Delhi Daredevils could ring in the changes in their batting order. Glenn Maxwell opened the batting in the last match but has failed to fire in the tournament so far.
19:00 hrs IST: Delhi need to win all their remaining matches to have any chance of a playoff spot, a loss tonight and it’s curtains.
18:51 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the Indian Premier League encounter between Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Apart from the form, history is also against DD having lost seven of the 11 encounters against their southern rivals including their previous match in Hyderabad less than a week ago.
DD will be hoping that young Indian trio of Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer can tackle what has been by far the best bowling attack in the competition. Delhi will take heart from the fact that they came close to beating Kane Williamson-led outfit in their last match.
A win for Sunrisers Hyderabad will cement their place at the top of the table and the team will be guaranteed a place in IPL 2018 playoffs. Shikhar Dhawan, after making a rollicking start, has been off-colour and a good score by him going into the final weeks will be welcomed.
Glenn Maxwell opened the batting for Delhi in the last match but given the lack of runs he could be replaced by either Colin Munro or Jason Roy.
Should Pant score 43 or more runs he will become the seventh Delhi batsman to have scored 1000 runs for the franchise.