Fortunately for Delhi, the fall of three quick wickets did not affect Pant, whose purple patch with the bat continued and together with Harshal Patel (24 from 17 balls; 6x2) steadied the ship with a 55-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Kiwi Kane Williamson's incredible form continued as he led his Sunrisers Hyderabad team into the IPL playoffs. Hyderabad defeated Delhi by 9 wickets and proved why the team deserve to be on the top of the standard list.
Pant's innings also earned praise from the opposition as both Williamson and Dhawan - the chief orchestrators of SRH's chase also lauded the youngster's special knock during the post-match presentation. The next best batsmen in the Sunrisers' line-up are Shikhar Dhawan (198), Yusuf Pathan (186) and Manish Pandey (184), so there is consistency with the willow, but Williamson is head and shoulders the Sunriser's best player.
Delhi had shown a bit of spark when Iyer took over from Gautam Gambhir, but after suffering two defeats in their last three games, they once again find themselves at the bottom of the points table.
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. "Sides batting first have won the last six games here and it shall be interesting to see if the chasing team can buck the trend", says Matthew Hayden. Williamson was not far behind as he breezed to his sixth fifty-plus score of the competition. Considering Pant ravaged the season's best bowling attack, and on a pitch on which other batsmen struggled, many considered it to be the best knock of this season. Siddarth Kaul and Rashid Khan have 13 wickets, while Shakib Al Hasan has added 10 wickets to his 158 runs.
Shaw mistimed a pull off a short ball and Dhawan latched on to it at cover.
Shakib dented DD early and removed the openers of back-to-ball deliveries. 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. In this innings, he hit 15 fours and 7 sixes. The way Pant took on the likes of Shakib, Kaul and Bhuvenshwar Kumar was commendable.