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

Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson has managed to increase his scoring rate while still making consistent

The fifth-wicket partnership between Pant and Glenn Maxwell recorded 63 runs off just 31 balls, out of which the latter's contribution was only nine.

Delhi win the toss and opted to bat first at their home ground, Feroz Shah Kotla. Harshal Patel picked the lone wicket.

Delhi Daredevils began on a disastrous note as they lost their top order cheaply, again! Soon after both batsmen Harshal Patel and Pant had settled, Patel was run out for 24 runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the only other wicket taker for SRH but he also ended up as the most expensive bowler (1/51).

After losing opener Alex Hales in the second over, the pair put their combined worldwide experience to use as they added a season-record 176-run partnership for the second wicket, chasing down Delhi's total in clinical fashion to arrive at the total with two full overs to spare. Yes, the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) won the match by 9 wickets against Delhi Daredevils (DD). They can now just look to spoil someone's party this year as they are knocked out for the contention of playoffs. Delhi were tottering at 43/3 and also going at less than six runs per over and again the change in the opening partnership (Jason Roy replacing Colin Munro) didn't help the matters much and the continuing failure of the top order has been one of the reasons for Delhi's awful season.

Preview: Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) is on a roll in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this season, and are now enjoying their life at the top of the points table. He scored 26 runs in the last five balls.

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Reflecting on their plan against Pant, the 24-year-old said revealed that they had made a decision to bowl him outside the off-stump, but he managed to notch runs even on those deliveries.

Williamson brought Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hyderabad's best bowler, back into the attack in the 18th over.

Shreyas Iyer and Rishab Pant have been impressive for the Delhi franchise this season. Wriddhiman Saha had hit 115 against Kolkata Knight Riders after coming in to bat in the 5th over, like Pant did in this match.

In reply, Alex Hales cracked three fours in the opening 10 balls of the Sunrisers innings but, in a bad day for England white-ball openers, he then fell to the 11th - out lbw to Patel (1-32).

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