The 42nd match of the 11 season of IPL played DD and SRH at Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in Delhi today in which Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer won the toss and chose to bat first.
Pant's 128* is the 5th highest individual score in the IPL and the highest for Delhi Daredevils surpassing Virender Sehwag's 119 against DC in the 2011 edition. In the end, Pant remained unbeaten on 128 (63) with the help of a staggering 15 boundaries and seven sixes.
SRH coach Tom Moody had insisted that "players like Shikhar Dhawan don't just disappear off the face of Earth" on the eve of the game and the Delhi star chose the flawless setting to roar back into form after a disappointing outing in the IPL so far. Harshal Patel departed at team's total of 98 runs in 14 overs.
The next 50 runs came in the next five overs as the Williamson-Dhawan duo got more comfortable on the pitch with each passing minute.
Dhawan used the flat Ferozshah Kotla track to the most, slamming the Delhi bowlers all over the park to bring up his half century in 30 balls before Williamson caught up with the southpaw to race to his sixth fifty of the season in 38 balls.
Dhawan, due for a big score, rose to the occasion with a sublime knock that was laced with nine boundaries and four sixes. Williamson again showed a cool head, playing totally risk-free cricket, en route his 83 off 53 balls.More news: Cate Blanchett on Why #MeToo Will Take Time to Transform Hollywood
Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan left the hosts high and dry with the wickets of Shaw (9) and Roy (11) off the last two balls of his very first over.
As Rishabh Pant completed his century in 56 balls, he became the second youngest batsman to score a hundred in the eleven-year history of the IPL.
The 27-year-old has also emerged as SRH's top-scorer with 410 runs, in a team where other batsmen have struggled to accumulate runs. He hit Bhuvaneshwar Kumar for fours and sixes plenty, smashed Shakib over the fence and hit seamers with such contempt that it seemed he was hell-bent on revenge.
He is now the second in the leading run-scorer list. Delhi didn't learn from SRH's mistakes; the slower balls were taken for runs, and they didn't pick that up.
Tomorrow, Rajasthan Royals will take on Chennai Super Kings at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Unfortunately, the Delhi Daredevils chose to follow the Royal Challengers Bangalore and are now at the bottom of the table.