Sunrisers Hyderabad not out there to make a statement: Tom Moody

Sunrisers Hyderabad not out there to make a statement: Tom Moody

In doing so, Dhawan scored his second half-century of the season off 30 balls. Kane Williamson, the skipper, provided the ideal foil to the opener, tallying a classy unbeaten 83 to help Hyderabad to their ninth win of the season, thus helping them seal a berth in the playoffs. Chasing a stiff target of 188 runs, Hyderabad lost Alex Hales early but a magnificent unbeaten partnership of 176 runs between Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan got them home with 7 balls to spare. Pant's knock was studded with 5 fours and 4 maximums.

SRH: 191 for 1 in 18.5 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 92 not out, Kane Williamson 83 not out; Harshal Patel 1/32). Delhi Daredevils won the toss and opted to bat first. This was in striking contrast to the bludgeoning, unbeaten 63-ball 128 that Pant made for DD, the highest by a batsman this season and also the highest by an Indian in the IPL. Hyderabad paced the chase brilliantly and reached 91 for 1 in 10 overs, 39 more than what Delhi had managed at the halfway mark.

The way Pant took on the likes of Shakib, Kaul and Bhuvenshwar Kumar was commendable.

The nine-wicket loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad ensured his Delhi Daredevils became the first team to be knocked out of this year's IPL, while their opponents progressed to the playoffs.

After the tremendous 9-wicket victory for Sunrisers Hyderabad over Delhi Daredevils at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Thursday, SRH pacer Sandeep Sharma defended the bowling performance of his side.

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Delhi immediately invited more trouble for themselves after skipper Iyer (3) was caught short of the non-striker's end by a mile, thanks to his awful miscommunication with Pant for the second time this season. They could score only 56 runs off 57 balls.

The table-toppers struck early in the power play as Shakib Al Hasan removed openers Jason Roy and Prithvi Shaw.

The keeper-batsman then took charge of proceedings as he put on 55 runs off 38 balls for the fourth wicket with Harshal Patel (24). Two of those scoops were in the final over bowled by Bhuvneshwar who proved to be the most expensive bowler for Sunrisers, leaking 51 runs in four overs.

Despite a stellar form for Delhi in his three IPL seasons, Pant failed to find his name on the list of players for Ireland and England series.

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