Shikhar Dhawan turns daredevil in Delhi

IPL 2018 match preview: DD vs SRH – Delhi play for pride while Hyderabad within striking distance of qualifying

Table toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad face the last placed Delhi Daredevils in the 42nd match of IPL 2018 at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.

However, Delhi do have something positive to take back home from their short-lived stint in season 11 of the Indian Premier League that is the consistent performance by its youngsters - Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant and skipper Shreyas Iyer.

Pant and Glenn Maxwell (9) added 63 runs for the fifth wicket.

A chase of 188 would be a daunting task for any side but the ease with which Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson achieved it was outstanding.

The next 50 runs came in the next five overs as the Williamson-Dhawan duo got more comfortable on the pitch with each passing minute.

In doing so, Dhawan scored his second half-century of the season off 30 balls. Dhawan smashed nine four and four sixes whereas Williamson hit eight boundaries and two over the line during his stint at the crease.

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.

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Delhi could have won rather easily if they held on to the catches of Sunrisers opener Alex Hales and Yusuf Pathan, who eventually got his team over the line with a 12-ball 27.

Even though Delhi has Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant to put up a score that creates difficulty for SRH, but they have to stick and perform rock solid in front of the bowling maestros.

He is second in the list of highest run-getters. While Pant hit 22 boundaries - the joint fourth highest by a batsman in an IPL innings - the other Daredevils batsmen could manage only six boundaries. His 128 is also the highest score by an Indian batsman in IPL's history bettering the previous best of Murali Vijay' 127 against Rajasthan Royals in 2010.

Pant sent the ball out for another four in the nineteenth over to reach his maiden IPL century after connecting well with a Siddharth Kaul delivery. Incidentally, the last over off Bhuvi cost SunRisers 26 runs, the most they have conceded in this year's edition.

Unbeaten Shikhar Dhawan scored 92 and Kane Williamson contributed 83 runs for Hyderabad. SRH will travel to Pune to take on the Chennai Super Kings on May 13.

Unfortunately, the Delhi Daredevils made a decision to follow the Royal Challengers Bangalore and are now at the bottom of the table.

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