IPL 2018: "Really Special" Rishabh Pant Dismantles SunRisers Hyderabad's Famed Bowling Reputation

Updated: 11 May 2018 12:19 IST

SunRisers Hyderabad have been the best bowling attack in IPL 2018 but came up against Rishabh Pant on Thursday night.

IPL 2018: "Really Special" Rishabh Pant Dismantles SunRisers Hyderabad
Rishabh Pant became the second youngest player to score an IPL hundred. © BCCI

SunRisers Hyderabad are regarded as one of the best bowling units in IPL 2018. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli had even dubbed them the strongest bowling attack in the tournament and rightly so after some sterling displays with the ball that helped the team defend numerous low totals. However, on Thursday night, the famed SRH attack came up against a marauding Rishabh Pant who smashed the first century by an Indian this season. Despite Pant's hundred, Delhi went on to lose the match and dropped out of the reckoning for a playoff spot.

Following the match, cricketers and fans took to Twitter and praised the youngster for his special knock.

Pant smashed an unbeaten 128 off just 63 balls, including 15 fours and seven sixes as Delhi posted a competitive 187 for five. However, the Delhi youngster's knock went in vain as Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson shared an unbeaten 176-run stand that ensured SunRisers overhauled the total in 18.5 overs.

Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been two key bowlers for SunRisers this season and most batsmen have failed to get the better of the two. However, at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, Pant put on a batting masterclass and took both of SRH stars to the cleaners.

The left-hander smashed Rashid for 27 off the 13 balls he faced from the leg-spinner while Bhuvneshwar was plundered for 43 off 11 balls at a strike rate of 390.90.

Pant became the second youngest player to score an IPL hundred and youngest to score 1000 runs in the Indian Premier League.

Manish Pandey, who hammered a hundred for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2009, aged 19 years and 253 days, remains the youngest IPL centurion till date.

With 521 runs in 11 matches, Pant also overtook KL Rahul of Kings XI Punjab to take the 'Orange Cap'.

With just six points from 11 games, Delhi are now certain to make another early exit from the tournament.

SunRisers, who lead the table with 18 points from 11 games, showed tonight that they could not just defend small totals but also chase down stiff targets.

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Topics : Delhi Daredevils Sunrisers Hyderabad Rishabh Pant Bhuvneshwar Kumar Rashid Khan Indian Premier League 2018 Cricket
Highlights
  • Rishabh Pant smashes an unbeaten 128 off 63 balls vs SRH
  • Pant became 2nd youngest to score an IPL hundred
  • Delhi to lost to Hyderabad by 9 wickets
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