Kane Williamson* 83(53); | Shikhar Dhawan 92(50);
Trent Boult* 3.5-0-43-0; | Liam Plunkett 4-0-41-0
Spare a thought for Rishabh Pant, who smashed a blistering ton, yet his team failed to defend the target. Contrasting tales for both teams as HYD are the first team to enter the Playoffs while DEL are the first team to crash out of the tournament. Anyway, time to conclude the proceedings for today. The T20 League caravan rolls on, join us back tomorrow where Rajasthan take on Chennai at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. Until then, it's a goodbye from all of us here. Cya!
Some stats your way, courtesy Deepu Narayanan:Highest partnerships for HYD:176* Dhawan - Williamson v DEL, 2018139 Warner - Dhawan v KOL, 2017137* Warner - Dhawan v GUJ, 2016136 Dhawan - Williamson v DEL, 2017Highest individual scores in a losing cause in T20 League:128* R PANT, DEL v HYD, 2018117* A Symonds, HYD v RAJ, 2008115* W Saha, PUN v KOL, 2014104* H Amla, PUN v MUM, 2017Highest targets chased down by HYD:188 vs DEL, Delhi, 2018 *186 vs CHN, Ranchi, 2014180 vs PUN, Mohali, 2016167 vs BLR, Bengaluru, 2015Sixth consecutive win for HYD - the most they have had in succession in T20 League going past the five they had at the end of 2016 and start of 2017._____
Shikhar Dhawan, Man of the Match: The Gabbar was always there - Yes! He's back (Smiles). Rishabh played an amazing knock, he took the game away from us. But we believed that we'll go in with a positive mind-set. I have played lots of cricket over here (at Kotla). I am glad that I scored 92 runs and I am looking forward to score more runs. There was no chat between us (himself and Williamson), we were doing our job. Kane has been playing brilliantly throughout this season and I was just in the flow, had to go for it. That's my class (on making it look too easy).
Williamson: We wanted to go out and keep playing as a team. And we have been playing on tough surfaces, so it was nice to go out and execute our batting plans. It's always tough chasing here. (At the half-way stage) we thought it was a tough surface, keeping a touch low perhaps. Pant played a special knock. They had a score above par. Dew played a little part, yes. Wicket was a good surface towards the end. A bit of partnership at the top, which gave us the momentum. We were batting with intent when chasing 180. I think when you are rotating the strike the boundaries start to come. It was nice to get that partnership. Shikhar was outstanding; certainly put them on the back foot.
Pant, Orange Cap holder: (On the loss) It's very harsh for our team because the pitch played better in the second half due to the dew. Happens in cricket sometimes, your bowling unit doesn't click. (On his knock) I was just trying to see the ball and hit it clean. Took my time early on and things worked out well. (Regarding the run outs) Happens, it was miscommunication. I just misjudged the run. Part and parcel of the game. After the couple of run outs, I just wanted to take extra responsibility for the team. (Whether it's his best knock) Not sure right now, but it's certainly among my best ones.
Iyer: I think it was a brilliant total to get on this wicket. Because the start we got was really disheartening. I think towards the end, the ball was coming nicely onto the bat. The wicket played well towards the end. Was a two-paced wicket. We didn't get many opportunities to get them out, so they played well. (On being out of contention for play-offs) There's always hope to carry into the next season. It's going to be really important as youngsters that we get along in the coming games. It will give us a boost for the next year. The experience will help in India A games and other matches.
In the end, it was a canter for HYD. Both experienced batsmen taking their side home without any hassle. Well-calculated chase from the visitors. Despite losing Hales early, Dhawan and Williamson bided their time, settled into their groove and compiled their respective fifties. DEL bowlers were all over the place, never at any point they were in the game in the second half.
Trent Boult [3.0-0-32-0] is back into the attack
- This is the 3rd 100+ stand for HYD not involving Warner - all by Dhawan & Williamson- 86* is the highest by Dhawan for HYD, going past 82* vs MUM in Vizag in 2016
Only 6 from Harshal's over. Some respite for DEL there.
Harshal Patel [3.0-0-26-1] is back into the attack
Time-out in place. 24 runs required off 24 balls. Mere formality now as the final rites is underway at the Kotla. KW and Dhawan will try to boost the NRAJ by going hammer and tongs. For DEL, they can only pray for a miracle.
Liam Plunkett [2.0-0-19-0] is back into the attack
Just 36 runs needed in 30 balls. HYD are sleep-walking through this chase.
Trent Boult [2.0-0-19-0] is back into the attack
Boult is back!
Glenn Maxwell, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
"you have to keep it straight," advises Pant to Nadeem
Shahbaz Nadeem [1.0-0-4-0] is back into the attack
Feet stuck in the delivery stride, so Harshal Patel pulls out
Harshal Patel [2.0-0-19-1] is back into the attack
Sudarshan: "Considering that HYD has qualified for the play-offs and looking at the batting line up of HYD, it's absolutely important for Dhawan to come into big form. And looks like here is the making of it!"
Liam Plunkett [1.0-0-8-0] is back into the attack
Spotted: Pant, chewing his gum, and his bleached hair making a statement as much as his batting did today. It's amazing how when you like a player, you like everything that comes along with him/her.
That brings us to the time-out! Hyderabad need 108 runs in 66 balls. Both batsmen seem set, and Dhawan's back to some good form after getting bored of it early in the tournament. Looks like we have a good chase, and a match, on the cards. Stay tuned.
Pant signalling there to hit the deck hard with the cutters
Vijay Shankar, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Amit Mishra, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
The ball is coming on nicely, as evidenced by Boult's cutter that found acquiantances in the crowd. Will be interesting to see what Delhi come up with
Spot a widish slip for KW
Trent Boult [1.0-0-6-0] is back into the attack
Liam Plunkett, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
About the pitch, it seems to be coming on much better than it did at the start of Delhi's innings. Dew the reason, perhaps, meaning HYD start the run chase with a head start - but do they really? (hint: Pant)
Shahbaz Nadeem, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Time for spin already!
Kane Williamson, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Harshal Patel to Hales, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
"Rishabh Pant is one of the most fearless young batsmen I've come across," says Ian Bishop on air
Harshal Patel, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Highest % of runs in a completed T20 League inngs:71.17 B McCullum (158/222) v BLR, 200868.44 R PANT (128/187) v HYD, 201867.06 M Pandey (114/170) v HYD, 200966.54 C Gayle (175/263) v PUNE, 201366.43 KL RAHUL (95/143) v RAJ, 2018
Hales and Dhawan are at the crease. Hales is on strike. Boult will open the attack