Daredevils knocked out of IPL despite Pant's maiden hundred

DD, on the other hand, are nearly out of the contest as even if they win all of their remaining games, they will finish with 14 points provided that they win all games.

"0 && comm [ts].geo.indexOf ($root.$GEO.country) == -1" Delhi Daredevils: Shreyas Iyer (captain), Prithvi Shaw, Glenn Maxwell, Rishabh Pant (w), Naman Ojha, Vijay Shankar, Daniel Christian, Liam Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult, Gautam Gambhir, Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Mohammed Shami, Rahul Tewatia, Harshal Patel, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sayan Ghosh, Junior Dala.

It was also the highest individual score by a batsman in the current tournament but Pant's effort's ultimately proved in vain as Shikhar Dhawan scored 92 not out off 50 balls and Kiwi Kane Williamson 83 not out off 53 balls to put on 176 runs for the unbeaten second wicket to secure a spot in the knockout round for Hyderabad.

Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan stiched a match winning partnership of 173 runs to win it for SRH with 9 wickets and 7 balls to spare. In a fearless knock of 128 which featured a stunning 15 fours and seven sixes, the Delhi Daredevils wicketkeeper toyed at will with arguably the best bowling attack in this season. Williamson was not far behind as he breezed to his sixth fifty-plus score of the competition.

Delhi's woes this season has been compounded by an inconsistent opening partnership, despite teenager Prithvi Shaw going great guns blazing at the top. Dhawan scored 33, while Hales contributed with 45.

"Pant played a special knock and the target was above par". Sunrisers Hyderabad have nearly qualified for the playoffs as they are sitting well on the top with 16 points. Hyderabad's Shakib Al Hasan picked up two wickets giving away 27 runs. The trio have done bulk of the scoring in this IPL season for DD.

But miscommunication once again took the better of Delhi as Pant, first deciding to go for a second run, quickly changed his mind to stay at the crease as Patel frantically tried to sprint back to safety only to fail miserably.

The first big hit of Delhi's innings came only in the eleventh over as Harshal Patel, quite unexpectedly, cleared Siddharth Kaul's short length delivery with a powerful shot over mid-wicket to launch the ball out for a six. After the run-outs, I wanted to take responsibility for the team.

  • Rosalie Stanley