Sunrisers reach playoffs of IPL 2018

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Shikhar Dhawan is the Player of the Match for his 50-ball 92 not out. "Gabbar was always there (laughs)! Yep, he's back. Rishabh played an amazing knock, the way he started against the turning ball, just took the game away form us. But we had belief that if we went in with a positive mindset, we could do it and things went our way. I've played lots of cricket here, know the pitch well and that was the advantage today. Glad I score 91, looking forward to scoring more runs for the team. When Kane came in, there wasn't much of a chat. We were just doing our job, I was in my flow and he had been doing well all tournament."

Kane Williamson: We wanted to go out and play as a team, we've been scrapping away on tough surfaces. It was nice to execute our plans well tonight with the bat. We restricted them to a par total, but it's always tough chasing. After the first half of the first innings, we thought it was a tough surface, it was keeping low but Pant played a special knock. Then the wicket maybe got a little better. There was a little bit of dew, not a huge amount. It was nice to be batting on this surface, good to get some momentum. I suppose we were just trying to bat with intent. When you chase 180, there's always scoreboard pressure, we were just trying to relieve that. There were some tough periods, we needed to soak that up but Shikhar was outstanding, he showed intent from ball one, it was a terrific knock.

 

Pant: Its very harsh on us because the wicket was better in the chase because of dew but it happens in cricket. I just try to see the ball and play according to it, today I took my time and played out well actually. There was some miscalling (miscommunication), it was difficult for me and the second run out, I misjudged the run but it's a part of the game. After the run outs, I took the responsibility and tried to do better for me and my team. I don't know if it's my best knock but till now it's one of my best.

Bharath says Pant's 128* is the highest score in a losing cause in IPL and the fourth-highest in T20s overall.

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