Rishabh Pant's stunning century for the Delhi Daredevils proved in vain as IPL table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad cruised to a nine-wicket win that clinches their place in the playoffs and ends Delhi's hopes.
Pant, now the orange cap holder as leading run-scorer in the tournament, smashed 15 fours and seven sixes in a stunning 128 not out off 63 balls - his final 73 runs full of improvised scoops and shovels taking just 27 deliveries - as Delhi posted a testing 187-5 from their 20 overs.
But, ultimately, the Daredevils were made to pay for a poor start with the bat which saw them manage only 52 runs from the first 10 overs as Sunrisers made light work of the run-chase, winning with seven balls to spare - Shikhar Dhawan (92no off 50) and Kane Williamson (83no off 53) both firing fine fifties in a match-winning 176-run stand.
Delhi stay rock bottom of the IPL table after an eighth loss in 11, while Sunrisers' ninth win in 11 moves them four points clear of the Chennai Super Kings in second, though having played a game more.
Earlier, while Pant ultimately lifted Delhi up to a competitive score, he was a big contributor to their early struggles, guilty of running out two of his batting partners - he has now been involved in four run-outs in this year's IPL.
Shakib Al Hasan (2-27) first accounted for Prithvi Shaw (9) and England's Jason Roy (11) - back in the Daredevils side after a lengthy absence - before Pant ran out his captain Shreyas Iyer (3) and Harshal Patel (24), just as the pair were beginning to recover the innings following the sluggish start.
But a determined Pant went through to his fourth fifty of the tournament a ball later with a muscled six over deep midwicket off Shakib. That was only the second six of his innings, but he proceeded to blast five more in the final overs, including taking Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-51) for three in a row to end the innings in emphatic fashion.
In reply, Alex Hales cracked three fours in the opening 10 balls of the Sunrisers innings but, in a bad day for England white-ball openers, he then fell to the 11th - out lbw to Patel (1-32).
Thereafter, experienced international pair Dhawan and Williamson led an utterly chanceless run-chase, with the latter bringing up a sixth IPL fifty of the season.
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