Rishabh Pant's 'Pantastic' century against Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2018


After the victory, SRH are on the top of the table with 18 points from 11 games. But before we talk about the contest later today, let's talk about the interesting match yesterday between Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Thanks to Pant, Delhi amassed 135 runs in the last 10 overs.

Chief selector MSK Prasad has often said the wicketkeeper-batsman remains very much on India's limited-overs radar, while Pant knows his sporadic worldwide appearances depend less on his performances and more on Dhoni's fitness and availability.

Delhi were on the ropes when Pant came in to bat and he was then part of two run-outs before single-handedly tearing apart the famed Sunrisers' attack.

With the ball, only Trent Boult has performed consistently. "There are lots of areas, where we still can improve", said Modi.

Delhi have offered three star performers this campaign and the rest of the squad have been far too inconsistent to form a challenge for the latter stages.

Surprisingly, Shikhar Dhawan was adjudged Man of the Match as he ended on the winning side. Sunrisers Hyderabad are boasting of their capabilities and performance.

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But it was still okay because Delhi knew they had done the hard part.

The batting strength of both teams are being led by their respective captains. He even scored runs on good deliveries.

Shikhar Dhawan also stepped up to the task played a blinder for his team.

Shakib Al Hasan (two off 27) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (one off 51) were the only two bowlers to have managed to add some wickets to their tally. On the other hand, DD has lost 7 and won just 3 and thus collected only 6 points so far in this tournament. Pant's knock was studded with 5 fours and 4 maximums. There are not many league games left, and we want to still see signs of improvement.

The next stop: With a playoff berth now sewn up, Sunrisers Hyderabad will turn their attention to securing a home final as well as perfecting their tactics and line-up when they take on Chennai in Pune on Sunday. It's skinny, but short for a reason.

Glenn Maxwell has been a big disappointment for Delhi and it remains to be seen if he gets another opportunity tomorrow or the hosts bring back Colin Munro to open with Shaw.

Besides Shaw, young skipper Shreyas Iyer and stumper Rishabh Pant form the backbone of Delhi's batting and would be hoping to put on another courageous effort against the best bowling line-up this season. A nibble on Dan Christian at 25/1 if early wickets tumble gives you cover. He is Mr Consistency and likely to deliver again. Sunrisers lost Alex Hales wicket in the second over, making 14 runs. And a cover bet on Yusuf Pathan, priced at 14/1, is the way to go here.