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IPL 2018: Williamson guides SRH to a crucial win over Delhi Daredevils

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XtraTime Web Desk: Captain fantastic Kane Williamson guides Sunrisers Hyderabad to beat Delhi Daredevils by seven wickets to snatch their seventh win out of nine matches and thus go on top of the 2018 IPL standings. On the other hand, Delhi, with their seventh defeat in 10 matches, are now almost out of play-off contention.

Vijay Shankar dropped Yusuf Pathan on zero at a crucial stage, after which the power-hitter from Hyderabad scored 27 not out off 12 balls to dash Delhi's all hopes. Captain Kane Williamson held the SRH chase together with 32 not off 30 balls to help the team cross the line with one ball to spare.

Alex Hales, however, set the tone, for the Hyderabad win with a 31-ball 44 and in one over bowled by Avesh Khan he hit four sixes to provide SRH with a big impetus in their chase.

Earlier in the day, after Shreyas Iyer decided to bat, Delhi's Prithvi Shaw once again proved his prodigious talent, this time against the best bowling unit of the season.

Having already drawn comparisons with all-time greats like Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara, Prithvi Shaw scored his second fifty this season. Shaw eventually departed for 65 off 36 balls.

Iyer contributed 44 and Shaw and he added 86 for the second wicket. Delhi were looking good for a big score at one time at 95/1 in 10 overs but Rashid (2/23) weaved his magic thereafter and the visitors could only score 68 runs in the last 10 overs. At 163/5, they were at least 15-20 runs short and those runs cost them dear in the end.

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