Rishabh Pant becomes second youngest player to score a century in IPL

Rishabh Pant becomes second youngest player to score a century in IPL

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson's red-hot Indian Premier League form isn't showing any signs of slowing down, with the Kiwi batsman playing another match-winning knock in his Sunrisers Hyderabad's nine wicket win over the Delhi Daredevils.

Their partnership crossed 150 off 88 balls and they never really looked in any bother as Delhi ran bereft of ideas.

Involved in two avoidable run-outs, Pant compensated the miscommunication on the field with a blistering unbeaten 63-ball 128 which contained 15 boundaries and seven sixes, to arrest a careless start from the hosts.

The inconsistent top order comprising the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Alex Hales and Manish Pandey need to shoulder the responsibility in case Williamson fails to deliver.

Dhawan who was in bad touch since he made his comeback scored 92* off 50 with 9 fours are 4 sixes.

The boundary proved to be a turning point for the fates of the Daredevils as Iyer and Patel combined to tally 42 runs in three overs, taking their partnership to 50 runs in 30 balls including two sixes from Patel. While Williamson notched his 6th half century of the tournament, Dhawan also finally came good with a breezy 92.

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Pant was then involved in a awful mix-up that resulted in skipper Shreyas Iyer (3) getting run-out going for a non-existent single.

While Shreyas has aggregated 351 runs at a strike rate of 149.36 (four fifties), Pant has 393 runs to his name this season with three half-centuries. Pant was unstoppable in his unbeaten knock as he toyed with arguably the best bowling attack in the competition, single-handedly giving a fighting chance to a struggling Delhi.

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

But miscommunication once again took the better of Delhi as Pant, first deciding to go for a second run, quickly changed his mind to stay at the crease as Patel frantically tried to sprint back to safety only to fail miserably.

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). 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. I think towards the end, the ball was coming nicely onto the bat.

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