Sunrisers Hyderabad became the first team to qualify for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 playoffs after they defeated Delhi Daredevils (DD) by 9 wickets at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on Thursday. While a major Kane Williamson-led team’s rise to the absolute top this season goes to their bowling department, it was the batting unit that turned the tables for them against Delhi as bowlers endured an unexpectedly rough evening in the capital.
SRH skipper Williamson, together with Man of the Match Shikhar Dhawan, put in a record partnership for the team to guide them home with absolute ease. En route to the team’s sixth consecutive triumph in the league, the Sunrisers also bagged three illustrious milestones.
Though Delhi’s Rishabh Pant seemed to have done enough to put an end to Hyderabad’s dominance in IPL 11, after the youngster scored a 128-not out but Dhawan and Williamson stepped up to introduce the team to new landmarks with a clinical win.
Highest ever successful chase by Sunrisers Hyderabad: The Hyderabad-franchise’s chase of 188 against Delhi was their highest ever in the league. The 186 against Chennai Super Kings in the 2014 season was their previous best.
- 188 vs DD, Delhi, 2018
- 186 vs CSK, Ranchi, 2014
- 180 vs KXIP, Mohali, 2016
- 167 vs RCB, Bengaluru, 2015
Highest partnership for Sunrisers Hyderabad at any position: Williamson and Dhawan left the previous record of 139 between David Warner and Dhawan against Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2017 season behind with their unbeaten 176 against the Daredevils. It was also the first time for the team to witness a partnership over 150 runs.
- 176* Dhawan – Williamson vs DD, 2018
- 139 Warner – Dhawan vs KKR, 2017
- 137* Warner – Dhawan vs GL, 2016
- 136 Dhawan – Williamson vs DD, 2017
Most consecutive wins for Sunrisers Hyderabad: With their sixth straight win in the IPL 2018 season, SRH went past their previous tally of 5 which they had achieved in the at the end of 2016 and start of 2017 season.
“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,” said Williamson in the post-match presentation.
“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,” the Kiwi concluded.