Mumbai: He has been rewarded for his IPL performance with a national call-up and Siddarth Kaul attributes his success to a well-defined role set by the Sunrisers Hyderabad during the ongoing league. One of the ways to keep Pant quiet is by angling length deliveries across, around the sixth stump.
"This was as good an innings you will ever see in a T20 match against the best bowling lineup in the IPL, absolutely clean striking". Pant literally toyed with the SRH bowlers.
The left-hander was also at his innovative best as he used the scoop shot over third man not once but thrice. How to get a player like him off-strike or how to minimise the damage that he does. Spinner Rashid Khan, pacers Siddharth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma, and spin all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan have remained effective to such levels that they have not missed services of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He was back in his supportive role once Bhuvneshwar was fit enough to resume his duties and brilliantly supported his team's winning efforts against Delhi Daredevils (restricted them to 163) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (defended a total of 146). Since that CSK defeat on April 22, SRH have gone five-in-five. The average score here batting first has been about the 180-run mark. But Pant quickly changed stance and reversed it with the spin to beat deep point for a boundary.
Rashid- With all his tricks and variations, he can pretty much do it all with the ball. He stepped out of the crease to clear the ropes for big sixes and played unorthodox strokes easily. It's been a bit lesser this season although some huge scores have been chased down. This was also the second hundred against Sunrisers this season.
Fortunately for Delhi, the fall of three quick wickets did not affect Pant, whose purple patch with the bat continued and together with Harshal Patel (24 from 17 balls; 6×2) steadied the ship with a 55-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Every single one of the 60 IPL games in 2018 will be live on Sky Sports Cricket while some matches, including the final, will also be shown on Sky Sports Main Event. The Feroz Shah Kotla has proved to be a high-scoring venue and both the in-form batsmen are expected to deliver in the do-or-die affair. Stellar over! The young talents in this year's IPL are definitely shining bright.
The bowling attack is the best in the competition.