Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Dhawan-Williamson show eclipses Pant's pyrotechnics

Dhawan-Williamson show eclipses Pant's pyrotechnics

Delhi got off to a bad start as they lost both the openers Prithvi Shaw and Jason Roy off consecutive deliveries in the 4th over. They continued their utter and total dominance on the tournament with a convincing victory against the Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozshah Kotla.

From there, it was all one way traffic, as Williamson combined with Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan, with the pair adding an unbeaten stand of 176 runs to see their side home with nine wickets and seven balls to spare.

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 had earlier ridden on Rishabh Pant's maiden IPL century to recover from a jittery start and post a commanding 187 for 5. Because the three players of the match have scored runs more than 80.

"Delhi were struggling having lost a few wickets, he was involved in a couple of runouts and to come out and play like that for a young player was remarkable", he hailed.

However, it was an off day for the duo as they were taken to the cleaners by Rishabh Pant.

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Kane Williamson (83*) was Dhawan's faithful companion throughout most of the chase with Alex Hales (14) perishing earlier on.

Then Pant happened as Glenn Maxwell remained a spectator at the other end - their 63-run partnership had just nine from the Australian. They could score only 56 runs off 57 balls. During this innings, he hit 15 fours and 7 sixes. Even the best in the business like Rashid Khan (4-35-0) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4-51-1) bore his brunt.

Coming to the crease at the start of the fifth over, Rishabh Pant wasted no time in showing why he's been the leading run-scorer so far in IPL 11. In his whole innings he scored 83 runs in 53 an hit 2sixes while 8 fours.

Delhi had crawled to 52 for three in 10 overs but Pant's power hitting quickly changed the course of the game.

Dhawan didn't look in any trouble whatsoever at an uneven bouncy pitch as smashed the Delhi bowlers all over the park to bring up his half century in 30 balls before Williamson caught up with the southpaw to race to his sixth fifty of the season in 38 balls.

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