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Delhi vs Hyderabad - 42nd Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Date: 10 May 2018

Hyderabad 191/1 (18.5 Ovs) RR: 10.14 | Hyderabad won by 9 wkts


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, 2018
139 Warner - Dhawan v KOL, 2017
137* Warner - Dhawan v GUJ, 2016
136 Dhawan - Williamson v DEL, 2017

Highest individual scores in a losing cause in T20 League:
128* R PANT, DEL v HYD, 2018
117* A Symonds, HYD v RAJ, 2008
115* W Saha, PUN v KOL, 2014
104* H Amla, PUN v MUM, 2017

Highest targets chased down by HYD:
188 vs DEL, Delhi, 2018 *
186 vs CHN, Ranchi, 2014
180 vs PUN, Mohali, 2016
167 vs BLR, Bengaluru, 2015

Sixth 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.

Boult to Williamson, FOUR, game, set and match - HYD. Williamson finishes things off in style. Slanting on middle and leg, KW gets across and whips it over square leg to take HYD into the Playoffs. No-one in the deep and it'll be a boundary
Boult to Dhawan, 1 run, hacks it away to deep square leg and the scores are level now
Boult to Dhawan, FOUR, Dhawan moves into the nineties. Short, aiming at the body. No problems for Dhawan, who gets into a strong position and pulls it witheringly through mid-wicket. No chance for the fielder in the deep
Boult to Williamson, 1 run, very full outside off, Williamson arrests his high backlift and jams it to third man
Boult to Dhawan, 1 run, full and zooming at the stumps, crashed down to long-on

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

Plunkett to Williamson, FOUR, Plunkett ends his spell with a four. He has taken quite a beating today. Overpitches this time, Williamson accepts the gift with glee and drills it through extra cover
Plunkett to Dhawan, 1 run, driven with authority to long-off
Plunkett to Williamson, 1 run, how isn't this called a no-ball? Clearly looked like it was above the waist. Williamson enquires the square leg umpire and is amused. Anyway, Plunkett slips in a full toss that is just about waist-high, swatted to deep mid-wicket
Plunkett to Dhawan, 1 run, full outside off, a leaning drive to long-off
Plunkett to Dhawan, 2 runs, not sure if this is the plan from Plunkett or he is not getting his rhythm right. Lasers it down leg, Dhawan spindles across and pulls it behind square on the on-side. Shaw from the deep runs across and keeps the pair down to a brace
Plunkett to Williamson, 1 run, angling on middle and leg, nurdled in front of square on the leg-side

Only 6 from Harshal's over. Some respite for DEL there.

Harshal Patel to Williamson, 1 run, heaves across the line, rolls away to deep square leg
Harshal Patel to Williamson, no run, played meekly to cover
Harshal Patel to Dhawan, 1 run, oh, Harshal fools Dhawan with this cutter that holds up on the pitch slightly. Dhawan is early into the hoick and squirts it off the cue-end down the pitch. Patel bends low and can't stop that
Harshal Patel to Dhawan, FOUR, this boundary brings the 150-run stand between the duo. Harmless length delivery outside off, no mercy whatsoever. Dhawan leans across and bashes it over extra cover
Harshal Patel to Dhawan, no run, seemed like the off-paced delivery, Dhawan again can't get his timing on the pull. Drags it off the inner half and Pant makes a good stop prancing to his right
Harshal Patel to Dhawan, no run, goes wide of the crease and hurls it full outside off, Dhawan goes with hard hands and mistimes it back to the bowler - who gets a fingertip and parries it to mid-on

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.

Plunkett to Dhawan, 1 run, shortish outside off, poked into the off-side
Plunkett to Williamson, 1 run, nudged gently to deep mid-wicket
Plunkett to Williamson, SIX, another tripe ball on leg-stump line, it's half a dozen. Banged in short, on leg-stump. Williamson swivels and helps it over disdainfully to fine leg. The ball lands on the ad cushions, the umpires took the confirmation of the third umpire before signalling it a six
Plunkett to Williamson, 2 runs, this is the epitome of unimaginative bowling by DEL. Keeps drifting it down leg, Williamson is happy to shuffle inside the line and tickle it very fine. Harshal Patel with a sliding stop but can't prevent the duo from stealing the second
Plunkett to Dhawan, 1 run, Dhawan triggers for a second before opening his bat face to guide this fuller length delivery outside off towards point
Plunkett to Williamson, 1 run, very full outside off, Williamson waits in his crease and quells it to point for a single

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.

Boult to Williamson, 1 run, lowers his pace does Boult, 119kph length ball on the pads. Worked neatly to deep square leg
Boult to Dhawan, 1 run, punched on the up to sweeper cover
Boult to Williamson, 1 run, run-out chance missed. KW had almost given up. Nothing going DEL's way at the moment. Squeezed to point and they take on Iyer's throw, who misses the target at the non-striker's end
Boult to Williamson, FOUR, Boult is not learning. Sprays another full ball and it ends up as a half-volley again. Drilled fluently square on the off-side
Boult to Williamson, 2 runs, lifts this half-volley over extra cover. Two taken
Boult to Williamson, FOUR, is welcomed to the crease with a boundary. Kiwi to Kiwi and Williamson greets him with a flick of his wrists to the fence and brings up his fifty as well. Superbly constructed knock from the HYD skipper, waves his bat to the dug-out. His 6th half-century of the season. It was too leg-sidish from Boult, Williamson moved across and wristed it nonchalantly through square leg. In the gap!

Trent Boult [2.0-0-19-0] is back into the attack

Boult is back!

Maxwell to Williamson, 1 run, keeps strike with a leg-side nudge. 49 off 36 needed
Maxwell to Williamson, no run, aiyoh, that's not a wide? Certainly looked like one to my poor eyes. Outside off, and Maxwell has some beginner's luck on the night
Maxwell to Dhawan, 1 run, gets to the pitch of the ball -- too close in fact -- and lofts it on the bounce to wide long-off
Maxwell to Dhawan, 2 runs, wafted behind point, as Dhawan spots a bit of compensatory width
Maxwell to Dhawan, FOUR, there's no mercy in the world for things that're short. In cricket too. Dhawan rocks back and smashes the pull through square leg
Maxwell to Williamson, 1 run, darted on the pad and is nurdles into the leg-side. How easy are HYD making this look?

Glenn Maxwell, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

Nadeem to Dhawan, SIX, strewn full and into the pads, and Dhawan's picked his area on this. Dispatches this over mid-wicket with a bat swing that suggests many more similar hits. He's hit the purple patch again, if this innings is any omen. 58 needed off last 7
Nadeem to Williamson, 1 run, low full toss, Williamson protracts his hands and slaps that through to deep extra cover
Nadeem to Williamson, 2 runs, shortish this time, and KW is on the back foot in no time. Pulls flat through mid-wicket. Shankar fumbles in the deep and allows a comfortable second in the end

"you have to keep it straight," advises Pant to Nadeem

Nadeem to Williamson, 2 runs, very round-armish ball from round the wicket that's worked into the leg-side. Good two runs on the board
Nadeem to Dhawan, 1 run, worked to long-on
Nadeem to Dhawan, SIX, hundred run stand. You have to ask Dhawan how he got under this full ball. Drifted in by Nadeem, and Dhawan's waited that extra second to nail that loft over long-on. A wristspinner from Nadeem that!

Shahbaz Nadeem [1.0-0-4-0] is back into the attack

Harshal Patel to Williamson, 2 runs, some good cricket all around on this delivery. Firstly it's from Williamson, who's run down the track and then adjusted his loft to clear the umpire straight on. And then it's from Maxwell, who throws himself into a dive at long-on and stops a certain boundary. Hyderabad need 76 runs in 48 balls

Feet stuck in the delivery stride, so Harshal Patel pulls out

Harshal Patel to Williamson, no run, umpire signals one for the over. Harshal Patel angles in the slow bouncer from wide of the crease, and has Williamson ducking
Harshal Patel to Dhawan, 1 run, short outside off and he's thrown his hands on the upper cut. Over point but there's protection in the deep
Harshal Patel to Dhawan, FOUR, he's read this slower ball! gosh he has. Slow and short, Dhawan stays on the front foot as he mauls this over deep mid-wicket. Raises his bat to a fifty but we are left wanting for the pat-thigh-Mo'-twirl celebration
Harshal Patel to Dhawan, no run, slow and short outside off this time, and Dhawan hasn't read him. Again. Tries to fetch the pull and swipes Delhi's air
Harshal Patel to Dhawan, no run, slow ball, Dhawan is early into his pull and doesn't connect. Body blow

Harshal Patel [2.0-0-19-1] is back into the attack

Mishra to Dhawan, 1 run, uses his feet and plonks it straight down the ground for a single
Mishra to Dhawan, FOUR, now Dhawan was almost hoodwinked in the air. Mishra saw him charging down and bowled it slow down leg. But Dhawan was upto it. Would have been stumped otherwise. Gets some bat and deflects it wide of the keeper
Mishra to Williamson, 1 run, stays leg-side and drives this fullish delivery wide of long-off
Mishra to Williamson, SIX, that slow-and-wide plan to KW from Mishra was better. Drifts this in and is slog-swept by KW over mid-wicket
Mishra to Dhawan, 1 run, prods his bat to the googly and gets a low outside edge to point
Mishra to Williamson, 1 run, ugly slog from KW here. Very slow from Mishra, Williamson crouches and slogs it across over square leg
Plunkett to Williamson, 1 run, KW had to wait on it. Plunkett bowls this slow again -- yawn -- but it's on a length, so Williamson jumps around and works that to deep mid-wicket. 91/1 at the halfway mark, 97 more needed
Plunkett to Dhawan, 1 run, pitches outside off and comes slow onto Dhawan, this slower delivery. Worked to short fine leg
Plunkett to Williamson, 1 run, slow and short, and Williamson pulls that through the leg-side. He's read every slower ball this over. And didn't read the only 135ks that Plunkett's bowled this over. That's how it goes sometimes
Plunkett to Williamson, no run, a leading edge but Williamson's safe. Is wound up in trying to play this on leg-stump, gets the edge and gets away. Falls well in front of the mid-off fielder, who's a bit deep

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!"

Plunkett to Williamson, FOUR, "that's terrible, I am sorry," says Bishop on air. Another full slower delivery from Plunkett. He's not giving up on the plan. And Williamson, not for the first time this over, creams the drive past the diving mid-off fielder
Plunkett to Williamson, FOUR, he's gawked at Plunkett's release and read the slower delivery. Full too, so he's knelt and drilled that drive through extra cover

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.

Mishra to Dhawan, FOUR, ala laser beam. Ues his feet and drills that straight down the ground
Mishra to Williamson, 1 run, Mishra is bowling well to Williamson here. Sees that the feet aren't moving much, so he's bowling the leg breaks slow and wide. Another one that has caught behind at reaching out - so off the toe-end over wide mid-off. Lands in the safe region
Mishra to Dhawan, 1 run, slow and dipping, and almost triggering Dhawan into an embarrassing loss of balance. Nudged in the end to short fine leg
Mishra to Williamson, 1 run, sits low and drags the sweep to backward square leg
Mishra to Williamson, no run, he's standing on leg-stump and trying to loft it over covers. Only fair Mishra's leg break beats him with some sharp spin. Keeper takes the bails off but Williamson's back foot didn't move at all
Mishra to Dhawan, 1 run, into the position to sweep early and hedge-hops this sweep over square leg. There's a fielder in the deep, so just a single
Vijay Shankar to Dhawan, 1 run, length ball dropped outside off -- might have been slow too -- and Dhawan times that with a waft through covers
Vijay Shankar to Williamson, 1 run, slower delivery nudged to mid-wicket for a sharp single
Vijay Shankar to Dhawan, 1 run, this was nicely bowled actually. Saw Dhawan stepping outta his crease and bowled it slow at 120ks outside off. Inside-edged wide of off-stump, as Dhawan tries to reach out
Vijay Shankar to Dhawan, wide, umm, that's a desperate try to evade the run punishment. Attempted slower delivery wide of off-stump and he's overcooked it. By some distance
Vijay Shankar to Dhawan, SIX, and this one's across the line. Shankar's angling it in, and that helps Dhawan's shot there. Swivels with the angle and plonks it all the way over deep square leg
Vijay Shankar to Dhawan, FOUR, over mid-off. And by a long way. Goes through the line and lofts it disdainfully there

Pant signalling there to hit the deck hard with the cutters

Vijay Shankar to Dhawan, no run, angles in the back of a length from wide of the crease. Cracked to point

Vijay Shankar, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

Mishra to Dhawan, 1 run, Dhawan keeps strike to wide long-on here
Mishra to Dhawan, no run, sharp from Mishra. Collects this drill-down from Dhawan, who had used his feet, and swivels around to threaten the stumps at the bowler's end. Doesn't throw; just scares
Mishra to Williamson, 1 run, lunges in front and works it to long-on
Mishra to Williamson, FOUR, slowish leg break and that's a feeder to Williamson's glory. Opens the punch and splits it between backward point and short third man. Mishra isn't happy but pretty sure he wouldn't have been able to field it either. Pretty sure.
Mishra to Williamson, no run, too full to sweep and Mishra thinks he has Williamson plumb. Think it was clearly going down leg there
Mishra to Dhawan, 1 run, from over the wicket is Mishra. Bowls it full and is nudged to mid-wicket. Someone's singing there, trying to gather attention and thus the throw. Has to be Pant.. for more reasons than one

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

Boult to Williamson, no run, slow full toss which is an attempted cutter. Patted to cover and it's straight to a fielder, so no run off it. 51/1 after the powerplay
Boult to Dhawan, 1 run, slow and outside off, and they pick a stuttered single off Dhawan's open bat face
Boult to Williamson, 1 run, stays leg-side of the ball and packs a punch through the point region. A run rate of 8.82 as HYD get a fifty on the board

Spot a widish slip for KW

Boult to Dhawan, 1 run, sneaks a single to mid-wicket
Boult to Dhawan, SIX, gee, this cutter gets a treatment even worse. Drags it from outside off too -- meaning imagine the biceps he's built -- and then carts it over cow corner with a little bit of a crouch. Ungainly looking but effective
Boult to Dhawan, FOUR, length ball and a front-footed Dhawan mows it over mid-on. No shame in conceding a boundary to that

Trent Boult [1.0-0-6-0] is back into the attack

Plunkett to Williamson, FOUR, Harshal at square third man can't get to it. Played much finer by Williamson this time, opening the bat face and slicing it just wide of the keeper. No pace lost here. Plunkett bowling them at over 140 clicks and Williamson ensuring that they run to the fence as quick. Conservation of pace
Plunkett to Dhawan, 1 run, into the pads, and Dhawan's nicely nudged it round the corner
Plunkett to Williamson, 1 run, bit late on this short ball - another delivery over 140ks. Drags it to Shankar at mid-wicket, who's quick at the ball. Hurries Williamson as he charges into the bowling crease. All safe
Plunkett to Williamson, 2 runs, Harshal runs across and dives neat third man to stop this. Nicely played by KW actually. Quick at 140ks from Plunkett, and Williamson uses the pace, opening the bat face and gliding it away very late
Plunkett to Williamson, no run, full at 134ks outside off, Williamson blocks it to cover
Plunkett to Dhawan, leg byes, 1 run, wanted to step out and mow this over cow corner but it's a slower delivery first ball from Plunkett. Off the pad to fine leg

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)

Harshal Patel to Williamson, 2 runs, beaten in the air, was Williamson. Stepped out of his crease and realized that he's been hoaxed y the change of pace. Around 120ks, that ball, that takes Williamson's inside edge and flies round the corner
Harshal Patel to Williamson, no run, goes with pace against KW and angles it in fuller too. Played straight to mid-wicket
Harshal Patel to Dhawan, 1 run, another waft but only for a single to deep backward point. Fuller from Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel to Dhawan, FOUR, Harshal Patel has bowled exactly like he didn't need to. Got it right first ball but not this time. Pacy ball wide of off, and Dhawan's scorched it away through point. Free swing of the arms and poof, the ball disappears
Harshal Patel to Williamson, 1 run, now a cutter on a length to KW, who delayed his tuck round the corner and kept control of his shot
Harshal Patel to Dhawan, 1 run, 142ks from Patel. Nicely bowled too, going wide of the crease and taking away all of Dhawan's room outside off. Nudged away for a single, and honestly that was the most Dhawan could do with it
Nadeem to Dhawan, 1 run, low full toss patted to long-on
Nadeem to Williamson, 1 run, waits a touch longer and opens the bat face to beat the man at backward point. Single on offer, hence
Nadeem to Williamson, no run, opens the drive and finds point off this full-wide ball
Nadeem to Dhawan, 1 run, we don't need more run outs. But Pant was vocal. He needs the thunder away from him. Dhawan uses his feet, gets too close to the ball and squeezes it out to mid-off. A bit hurried but makes it to the danger end
Nadeem to Williamson, 1 run, lunges forward and workes this through to deep mid-wicket
Nadeem to Williamson, no run, yeah, that's what he'll do. No spin on this one, and a cramped KW keeps it off with the inside half of his bat

Shahbaz Nadeem, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack

Time for spin already!

Harshal Patel to Williamson, 1 run, Williamson will keep dabbing these slower deliveries to short third man and keep rotating strike until the earth stops rotating. We do need a cosmic persepective at times when our consciousness has surrendered to Pant's brilliance. Okay, enough

Kane Williamson, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Harshal Patel to Hales, out Lbw!! You can see why Harshal Patel is pumped here. Was taken to the cleaners with two back-to-back fours and now comes up with a very full cutter, that skids on and raps Hales low on the pad. That was as out as the appeal suggested. Hales was as much beaten by the fullish length as he was by the slowness of the delivery. P-L-U-M-B. Hales lbw b Harshal Patel 14(10) [4s-3]

Harshal Patel to Hales, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

Harshal Patel to Hales, FOUR, that's no way soft. No way near to soft. Back of a length again and this time Harshal Patel angles it in. Umm, only for Hales to swivel and pull that round the corner. Used that incoming angle to his advantage, does Hales
Harshal Patel to Hales, FOUR, back of a length but there's enough room outside off. Hales makes some of his own and punches it behind point. Softly done

"Rishabh Pant is one of the most fearless young batsmen I've come across," says Ian Bishop on air

Harshal Patel to Hales, no run, angled this at 124ks from wide of the crease. Hales offers a dead bat
Harshal Patel to Dhawan, 1 run, starts with a slow length ball that's been nicely run down to point by Dhawan. Knows Hales is in greater form with the bat, and wants him to have more strike

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, 2008
68.44 R PANT (128/187) v HYD, 2018
67.06 M Pandey (114/170) v HYD, 2009
66.54 C Gayle (175/263) v PUNE, 2013
66.43 KL RAHUL (95/143) v RAJ, 2018

Boult to Hales, no run, full searching for the swing.. and there's none. Driven, and driven straight to mid-off in place. Just 6 runs coming off the opening over that could have been so much more - for the batsman and for the bowler
Boult to Hales, FOUR, back of a length ball and that's been swatted away. Rocks back, opens his stance and swivels a boundary through mid-wicket
Boult to Hales, 2 runs, inswinger but the slow Kotla deck allows Hales to work it off the bat's inside-half through mid-wicket
Boult to Hales, no run, finally gets it as full as he'd have liked. No swing yet again. Cruchy drive straight to the fielder at cover
Boult to Hales, no run, gets the ball decking back from a back of a length, and skids it off the deck to hit Hales's thigh. He was trying to muscle it round the corner. Doesn't connect, obviously
Boult to Hales, no run, angled across on a length by Boult, and Hales slaps it to cover-point in place. Not much swing

Hales and Dhawan are at the crease. Hales is on strike. Boult will open the attack