IPL 2017, DD vs GL: This is how Rishabh Pant masterclass derailed Gujarat at Kotla

first_imgHello and welcome to the LIVE COVERAGE of match no. 42 of the Indian Premier League between the Delhi Daredevils and Gujarat Lions at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. (SCORECARD | POINTS TABLE)Delhi Innings:23.38 IST: Delhi (214/3) crush Gujarat (208/7) by 7 wickets to stay alive in playoffs race. Pant 97, Samson 61 Boom! Delhi have made a complete mockery of the target. I’ve never seen a 200-plus score getting chased down with such ease. All thanks to one man – Rishabh Pant. He was electric with the bat today. Burst on the scene after the fall of Karun Nair’s wicket and took the chase by the scruff of the neck. He plundered nine sixes and six fours in his rocketing innings and took the Gujarat bowlers on a tour around the stadium.A humbling loss as the youngsters from #DD turned up with a dominating performance after a good innings from Skipper #SureshRaina. #DDvGL pic.twitter.com/Usf2hBRqcC- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201723.37 IST: Faulkner to Anderson, SIX! 20 sixes hit tonight, Corey Anderson finishes the chase off in immaculate fashion. It’s full and in the slot, he smokes this back down the ground over the long on fence for a six. DELHI WIN THIS MATCH BY 7 WICKETS AND 15 BALLS TO SPARE! Wow. Who’d have thunk, eh?It’s all over. #DD have won this match by 7 wickets courtesy Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson’s belligerent batting. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201723.31 IST: Thampi to Anderson, SIX! Iyer must have been feeling left out, gets in on the action himself. Walks across a bit, turns and lofts it over the square leg boundary. Clears it with ease and gets a biggie to his name. Just 4 needed to win now. Delhi are almost home.advertisement23.26 IST: Sangwan to Iyer, SIX! Slower one but Iyer has picked this one up early. Stands his ground and smokes it flat over long off for a biggie. Good hit, made excellent connection. Last ball SIX spoils a good over from Sangwan. Delhi 189/3 in 16 ovs, need 20 from 24 balls 23.17 IST: Thampi to Pant, OUT! He’s missed out on his ton. How unfortunate! You’ve got to feel for him, Raina walks up to him to console him. What a marvelous knock from the young man. He doesn’t want to go off, but he has to sadly. Thampi fires it full and makes it go away from Pant, the left-hander slogs hard and his bottom hand comes off as he does so. The ball takes a slight outside edge and flies into Dinesh Karthik’s gloves. He departs on 97. DD 179/3Skipper #SureshRaina applauds that fantastic innings from Rishabh Pant. We loved it too! #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 2017OUT. The danger man Rishabh Pant departs after an outstanding innings. 97 off 43 balls. #DD 179/3 in 14.3 overs. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201723.10 IST: Jadeja to Samson, OUT! Jadeja strikes! But is it a little too late? Sanju Samson departs but he’s played a scintillating knock. Flatter and shorter outside off, Samson just swings his bat hard. Gets a huge top edge which skies towards wide long off. Faulkner there runs to his left and slides to takes a good catch. Partnership of 143 is finally broken. DD 167/2 in 13.2 ovs, 42 needed off 40. WICKET. And finally the partnership has been broken. #Jaddu gets the wicket. Samson has to walk back. #DD 167/2 #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201723.09 IST: Smith to Pant, FOUR! Yorker on the pads, Pant whips it across the fine leg rope for a boundary. This young pair is seeing the game off, brilliant batting display. DD 165/1, need 44 off 42 ballsThese two young #DilliBoys are clearly in their absolute form.100 run partnership.#DDTweets#DDvGL#DilDilliHai#DhoomDhamaka pic.twitter.com/VYKY5wnoKa- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201723.06 IST: Smith to Pant, FOUR! Full and straight, right in Rishabh Pant’s slot as he dispatches this. Whips it over square leg and beats the man in the deep. Boundary to start the over.23.02 IST: Jadeja to Samson, SIX! Samson brings up his half-century with back to back SIXES off Jadeja. DD 149/1 in 11.2 ovsAn excellent partnership comes to an end.Well played #SmashingSamson.#DDTweets #DDvGL #DhoomDhamaka #DilDilliHai pic.twitter.com/i39epS842p- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201723.01 IST: Jadeja to Samson, SIX! Doesn’t matter who’s coming on to bowl, these two don’t care. Flatter and around off, from around the wicket, Samson stands his ground and gives it the full swing of his bat. He sends it out of the park, literally and gets a biggie to his name.advertisement23.00 IST: Faulkner to Pant, SIX! Massive, massive over from Delhi, 24 runs off it. Rishabh Pant is just knocking ’em out of here tonight. On the shorter side once more, Pant heaves it over wide long on for another maximum. Pant hits 24 runs in Faulkner’s over – 4, 6, 6, 6. DD 137/1 in 11 overs, need 72 from 54 balls 22.58 IST: Faulkner to Pant, SIX! Seems Pant is finishing Faulkner off here. My word, what a hit from the little man! From around the wicket, a back-of-the-hand slower one into the body, Pant pulls this hard over the mid-wicket boundary for half a dozen.22.56 IST: Faulkner to Pant, SIX! Wild, wild swing from Rishabh Pant, was undone by the lack of pace but hit that with brute force. Bit fuller and around off, the southpaw slogs hard high over mid-wicket. Has enough distance on it as the ball just clears the fence.#RishabhPant is clearly on fire!DD 123/ 1#DDTweets#DDvGL#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201722.55 IST: Soni concedes 16 runs off his over. DD 113/1 in 10 ovs, need 96 from 60 balls.22.53 IST: Soni to Samson, SIX! Stand and deliver! Flighted again but it’s too full outside off, Samson gets the chance to free his arms and dimisses it over the bowler’s head for a biggie. It’s raining SIXES at the Kotla tonight! DD 111/1 in 9.3 oversMayhem! Absolute mayhem…#DDTweets #DDvGL #DhoomDhamaka #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201722.51 IST: Soni to Samson, SIX! Into the night sky! That’s gone deep into the stands. A shortish ball angling down the leg side, Samson smokes it over square leg for a biggie. The mini-break has not hampered the momentum single bit.22.48 IST: Raina to Pant, SIX! Thumped! Brings up his fifty in style. The young man is looking in red-hot form. Raina serves another half-tracker and watches it sail into the stands at mid-wicket. Pant is particularly severe with his pull shots. DD 97/1 in 9 ovs, need 112 from 66 ballsWhat an inning!C’mon @RishabPant777 #DDTweets #DDvGL #DhoomDhamaka #DilDilliHai pic.twitter.com/i0jFmHgtwX- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201750 comes up for Rishabh Pant in just 27 balls. This has been some hitting.#DD 97/1 in 9 overs. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201722.47 IST: Raina to Pant, FOUR! Poor fielding in the deep by Dwayne Smith! Short and wide outside off, Pant rocks back and punches it ferociously through covers. Smith in the deep runs across to his left, gets to the ball but then lets it through his legs to the fence. 22.45 IST: Soni to Pant, SIX! Wow! No need to run for those! Loopy full ball outside off, spinning back in a bit, Pant latches onto it and rockets it straight down the ground. Into the top tier. This bloke is a superstar! DD 83/1 in 8 ovsThat’s massive!#Pant hits that hard and well for a six.#DDTweets#DDvGL#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201722.41 IST: Raina concedes 10 runs off his first over for the Lions. DD 73/1 in 7 overs, need 136 from 78 balls22.39 IST: Raina to Samson, SIX! Boom, out of here! Floated full ball on middle, Samson goes with the spin and launches it over cow corner for a maximum. Good connection and it looked like a six the moment it left the bat.advertisement22.37 IST: Faulkner bowls a good first over, conceding just five runs. Powerplay comes to an end with Delhi 63/1 in 6 overs. Required rate – 10.43.End of a good 1st over from @JamesFaulkner44. #DD are 63/1 in 6 overs. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201722.30 IST: Sangwan to Pant, FOUR! It’s raining boundaries! Shortish and outside off, Pant rocks back and smashes it past the short third man fielder for a boundary. Nicely done.5 overs gone and it’s 58/1.#DDTweets #DDvGL #DhoomDhamaka #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201722.29 IST: Sangwan to Pant, SIX! No half measures this time. Pant packs a punch to a full delivery in his zone and sends it packing over long on for a maximum. 18 in last three ball, they have pressed on the accelerator.3 sixes in a row and a 4!#DDvGL #DhoomDhamaka #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201722.29 IST: Sangwan to Pant, SIX! A mishit but it has gone all the way! Back of a length delivery angling into the batsman, Pant walks across the stumps and just helps it on its well. It seemed like a mishit but has gone into the stands at backward square leg.22.27 IST: Thampi to Samson, SIX! Thampi is thumped! An overpitched delivery around leg, Samson leans across, picks it off his pads and flicks it nonchalantly over backward square leg for a biggie. Clean as a whistle! DD 41/1 in 4 ovs 22.23 IST: Thampi to Pant, SIX! Not an easy shot to play, mind up! Thampi offers width outside off, Rishabh stays rooted in his crease and punches it on the up. The connection is awesome and it clears the rope. A flat biggie. He is a special player, have to mention.22.20 IST: Sangwan to Nair, OUT! This time there is no doubt about the edge! Lovely bowling by Sangwan. Digs in a short delivery, well-directed, Nair initially shapes up to pull but at the last moment changes his mind and tries to ramp it over the keeper. But he fails to middle it well enough and ends up handing a simple catch to Karthik. He makes no mistake, they appeal and the finger goes up. 9 runs already from the over and it was a bit unnecessary from the Delhi skipper. DD 24/1 in 2.5 ovsWICKET. Pradeep Sangwan gets the breakthrough. He’s been bowling well tonight. #DD 24/1 #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL pic.twitter.com/JgbTSUcB5n- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201722.17 IST: Sangwan to Samson, SIX! Clean hit! Good length delivery angling into the batsman, Samson stands his ground and powers it over square leg for a biggie. Well executed by Sanju! DD 21/0 in 2.1 ovs22.16 IST: Thampi to Nair, Appeal for a catch! Thampi angles in a shortish ball, landing around off and following the batsman, Nair swings his bat ferociously but fails to middle. There is some sound though as it goes past the inside edge and the keeper appeals along with the bowler. Nothing from the umpire and Thampi is shell-shocked. The replays detect some feather and Nair is lucky to survive. DD 15/0 in 2 ovs 22.10 IST: Good start for the hosts, 11 runs came off Sangwan’s first over. DD 11/0 in 1 over 22.09 IST: Sangwan to Nair, FOUR! Fine shot! A touch short and in the line of the stumps, Karun turns a bit inside the crease and half-pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary. Excellent shot!22.09 IST: Sangwan to Nair, FOUR! Cracking shot! Shortish and around middle, Nair hangs back to make room and blazes it through backward point for a boundary.22.05 IST: Pradeep Sangwan to open the attack for Gujarat. Sanu Samson will take first strike.A big total to chase, but we can do it Dilli.Zor se bolo #DilDilliHai!#DhoomDhamaka#DDTweets#DDvGL pic.twitter.com/HYdfiZtZnN- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201721.51 IST: Gujarat post 208/7 in 20 ovs against Delhi. Raina 77, Karthik 65, Rabada 2/28That’s a massive total put on the board by Gujarat! They got off to a shaky start, losing Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith in quick time but the 133-run stand between Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik bailed them out. The Gujarat skipper was fabulous while Karthik once again showed excellent form with the bat. Ravindra Jadeja towards the end played a handy cameo to take the total past the 200-run mark.Delhi were pretty substandard in the field, dropping catches and committing too many misfields. But amidst that they took a few cracking catches as well. Overall, it was a below par bowling show by them and only Kagiso Rabada and Pat Cummins fared decently. The young guns from Delhi did a superb job chasing against Hyderabad in their previous game and the hosts will be hoping for something similar from them. Let’s hope for a thrilling end.A fantastic batting performance from the Lions takes us to a commanding 208/7. #DD need 209 to win. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL pic.twitter.com/vTxlCFJiUv- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201721.51 IST: Anderson to Jadeja, Back to back sixes! Sir Ravindra Jadeja for a reason. He ends the innings in some style, back-to-back sixes for the Gujarat all-rounder. Nails his pull to perfection as he thumps it into the mid-wicket stands. GUJARAT FINISH ON 208/7!With those massive hits from #Jaddu , #GL have now scored their highest team total going past 196/7 vs RPS last year.#GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201721.49 IST: Anderson to Jadeja, SIX! That’s huge! Ravindra Jadeja doesn’t hold anything back here. He gets under the ball and bangs it over long on for a huuuuuuuuge maximum. Into the third tier before the ball eventually bounces back down on the ground.21.47 IST: Anderson to Faulkner, OUT! Anderson with his first of the game. On a shorter length, James Faulkner pulls it over square leg. The substitute Carlos Brathwaite runs to his right from mid-wicket towards square leg and takes a good sliding catch. GL 191/7 in 19.1 overs OUT. @JamesFaulkner44 departs trying to pull the ball out of the ground.#GL 192/7. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201721.45 IST: Delhi’s bowling in the death overs has been tremendous. GL 190/6 in 19 ovs21.42 IST: Rabada to Finch, OUT! Superb catch from Rishabh Pant. Very Saha-esque. Back of a length angling in, Finch makes room to pull and the ball goes off the top edge. Skies behind towards fine leg as Pant calls for the ball. Runs after it, beating the Nadeem from short fine leg and takes an excellent diving catch. The umpire just to make sure goes upstairs and replays show he’s taken a fine, clean catch. Wonderful effort. GL 189/5 in 18.3 ovs OUT: #AaronFinch will have to depart to another great catch from DD.He was just changing gears!!! #GL: 189/6#GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201721.39 IST: Outstanding from Cummins, concedes just 6 runs and took a wicket in that over. GL 184/5 in 18 ovs21.37 IST: Cummins to Finch, FOUR! Nicely placed, this. Wasn’t about the power, pure placement. It’s pulled in front of square and sent across the rope. Good shot.21.35 IST: Cummins to Kishan, OUT! IN THE AIR… AND TAKEN! Pat Cummins with the wicket, but more importantly, Shreyas Iyer has managed to hold on to this one. Kishan gets a big top edge as he heaves this away. It flies over mid-wicket as Iyer from wide long on comes running to his left. Gets under the ball and takes a good catch. GL 178/5 in 17.1 ovs OUT. @ishankishan23 holes out trying to up the ante. Cummins gets the wicket.#GL 178/5 now. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201721.33 IST: Rabada to Finch, FOUR! Finch ends a fine over by Rabada with a boundary as Gujarat reach 178/4 in 17 overs 21.29 IST: The Lions have lost their momentum after losing Karthik and Raina in quick succession. GL 171/4 in 16 ovs 21.24 IST: Delhi fightback with two quick wickets as Gujarat reach 164/4 in 15 overs21.20 IST: Cummins to Karthik, OUT! WHAT A CATCH, COREY ANDERSON! Take a bow, my man! Wow, just wow! That’s one for the showreels. Scrambled seam ball from Pat Cummins, bowls it on a fuller length on off, Dinesh Karthik looks to loft it over mid off but doesn’t time it well, maybe he’s a bit early into the shot. Like it has all evening, it seems the ball will clear the fielder but Corey Anderson comes up with something spectacular. Times his leap to perfection, sticks his left hand out and the ball just sticks. Sensational. Delhi have a wicket just after the break, exactly what they were looking for. GL 158/4 in 14.1 ovs That was some catch by Corey Anderson. @DineshKarthik departs for a magnificent 65. #GL 158/4 in 14.1 overs. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201721.15 IST: Strategic time out! Suresh Raina returned after a brilliant direct hit by Kagiso Rabada and Delhi will be taking a huge sigh of relief. But, Gujarat still have firepower in their batting and will be disappointed if they don’t cross 200. The home team will look to limit the damage. Gujarat 158/3 in 14 overs. Karthik 65*, Finch 4* 21.11 IST: RUN OUT! Run out. He’s gone, the Gujarat skipper departs! Karthik glides this back of a length ball to Rabada at point. Raina is off for the run but is sent back by his partner. The South African has a shy and scores a direct hit at the bowler’s end. Umpire Erasmus has a long think and decides to take it upstairs. Replays show the Suresh is short of his crease and that’s a much-needed breakthrough for the hosts. Partnership of 133 comes to an end. GL 143/3 in 13.2 ovs Oh no! It’s a run-out that gets #SureshRaina’s wicket. Probably the only way he was gonna get out tonight. #GL 143/3#GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201721.08 IST: Karthik gets to his fifty in just 28 balls as Gujarat reach 139/2 in 13 overs. Raina 77*, Karthik 50*Another 50 for @DineshKarthik !!!And ROARING back to form!!!#GameMaariChhe #DDvGL pic.twitter.com/Q7lhEv3dax- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201721.06 IST: Anderson to Karthik, SIX! Short again, too straight and Karthik puts this away. It’s into his body, he swivesl a touch and pulls it over the deep backward square leg boundary for half a dozen.Another ball, another SIX!!!This time from the bat of @DineshKarthik !!!Is 200 on?#GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201721.02 IST: Nadeem to Raina, FOUR! Full delivery from Nadeem, Raina kneels down and sweeps it through square leg. Beats the man out in the deep and that’ll be a boundary.FOUR more for #SureshRaina He moves on to 74 off just 40 balls. #GL 127/2 in 12 overs. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201721.00 IST: Nadeem to Karthik, SIX! This is some excellent batting from Dinesh Karthik. He’s timing the ball so beautifully tonight. Gets to the pitch of the ball by skipping out and just lifts it cleanly over extra cover for another maximum. All class, that.Back to back SIXES for @DineshKarthik. WOW! #GL 121/2 in 11.3 overs. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL pic.twitter.com/3PIHQAiCYI- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201721.00 IST: Nadeem to Karthik, SIX! Short, slow and slower too, Karthik had all the time in the world to dispatch that. Rocks back and muscles the pull over the mid-wicket boundary for a maximum. GL 115/2 20.57 IST: Samuels to Raina, SIX! Second in the over as Gujarat reach 109/2 in 11 ovs20.56 IST: Samuels to Raina, 100 up for the Lions! in the 11th over. Raina 62*, Karthik 28*. Partnership – 90 off 54 balls.20.54 IST: Samuels to Raina, SIX! That’s a big hit! Really big hit! Tossed up on middle and leg, Raina clears his front leg, kneels down and slog sweeps it right off the middle of the bat. Sends it sailing deep into the stands for a maximum. Wow! Great shot.20.53 IST: This has been a terrific fightback from skipper Raina and Karthik after the openers fell cheaply. GL 93/2 in 10 overs20.49 IST: Samuels to Raina, and that’s Fifty for Raina! A handy knock by the skipper. Flatter delivery and it’s punched to wide long on for a couple of runs. Fifty in just 32 balls for the skipper. Gujarat reach 83/2 in 9 overs Riding on his luck a little, the skipper #SureshRaina notches up yet another #IPL half century!!!What a player!!!#GameMaariChhe #DDvGL pic.twitter.com/XeajlFDyVP- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201720.45 IST: Mishra to Karthik, SIX! High and handsome! Mishra drags his length short after the last shot and Karthik picks it early. It’s also a wrong ‘un and DK gets enough time to power his pull shot over mid-wicket for a maximum. 13 from the over!20.44 IST: Mishra to Karthik, FOUR! That’s a beautiful shot! Flighted full ball outside off, too much width on offer, Karthik strides forward and plays a crunching shot through point for a boundary.20.41 IST: Fifty-run partnership comes up between Raina (44*) and Karthik (10*). GL 64/2 after 7 ovs 20.39 IST: Shami to Raina, DROPPED AGAIN! Raina is living a charmed life! A very full ball on middle, Raina whips it to mid-wicket, it’s uppish but Samuels fails to catch it. Bursts out of his hands and they take a couple of runs. GL 61/2 in 6.3 ovsDD in a generous mood!!! #SureshRaina has a close escape again!!!#GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201720.34 IST: Cummins to Raina, FOUR! Nicely done! Fullish and around off, Raina shuffles across the stumps and flicks it sweetly through backward square leg for a boundary. Ends the powerplay with a boundary. GL 58/2 in 6 ovsSix overs down with a boundary on the last ball.GL 58/2#DDTweets#DDvGL#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201720.31 IST: Cummins to Karthik, FOUR! Shot! An overpitched ball on off, Karthik jumps out of the crease and plays a scorching drive past the diving mid off fielder for a boundary.Down the wicket and chases the boundary line for a four.#DDTweets#DDvGL#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201720.26 IST: Rabada to Raina, SIX! Bang! This came from the middle of the bat! A length delivery angling into the batsman, Raina gives it the full whack of his bat and sends it rocketing it over long on for a biggie. GL 45/2 in 4.3 ovsSIX. #SureshRaina has come out with intent and is looking good so far. The Lions are 45/2 in 4.3 overs. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201720.23 IST: Mohammed Shami’s first over goes for 15 runs. GL 35/2 in 4 overs #SureshRaina on a roll !!!Some fantastic shots finding the fence…#GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201720.21 IST: Shami to Raina, FOUR! Doesn’t middle it though! Shami bangs in a short ball outside off, Raina hops back to make room and slaps it over covers. It’s not from the middle of the blade but still has enough to reach the fence. 20.20 IST: Shami to Raina, SIX! Welcome into the attack, Shami! He delivers it on a length around off, Raina clears his front leg and muscles it over long on for a maximum. GL 26/2 in 3.1 ovs20.19 IST: Excellent over from Pat Cummins, just 7 runs came off it. GL 20/2 in 3 ovs20.15 IST: Cummins to Raina, FOUR! Back of a length ball on middle, Raina turns inside the crease and glances it through square leg for a nice boundary. Controlled the bounce well.20.13 IST: Rabada to Raina, DROPPED! BY SHREYAS IYER! That’s a sitter. Here comes the bouncer, well-directed at 148 kph, Raina takes the challenge to pull it but gloves it behind. It balloons in the air, Iyer moves across to his right from first slip and drops a sitter. That’s really substandard. Unlucky Rabada. GL 13/2 in 2 ovs AN excellent spell by #RabadaGL 13/2#DDTweets#DDvGL#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201720/08 IST: RUN OUT!! Smith has to go! Too full in length on off, Raina digs it out on the leg side and his partner looks for a run. He is sent back and in the meanwhile, Nadeem scores a direct hit at the bowler’s end. They appeal and it’s referred upstairs. Looks touch and go in the replays, seems Smith’s bat is on the line. Tough call really and the third umpire rules it in favour of the fielding team. Double blow to Gujarat. Fantastic piece of fielding by Shahbaz! GL 10/2 in 1.2 ovs Direct hit from #ShahbazNadeem and it’s gone.What a start!#DDTweets #DDvGL #DhoomDhamaka #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201720.06 IST: Rabada to McCullum, OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Rabada strikes first ball and the Kotla erupts in joy! He cooks a steamy length ball around off, getting it to nip away a bit, McCullum pushes at it without any footwork and edges it behind. Karthik stretches to his right and completes a good catch. Early setback for the visitors, the dangerous McCullum departs without doing any damage. GL 10/1 in 1.1 ovsWICKET. @Bazmccullum departs early. Rabada gets the wicket off a very good delivery. #GL 10/1 #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201720.03 IST: Nadeem’s first over is an expensive one. Good start for the visitors. GL 10/0 in 1 over 20.01 IST: Nadeem to Smith, FOUR!! Smith off to a flier! Nadeem gets flatter and fuller around leg, Smith kneels and sweeps it over backward square leg for a boundary. Shahbaz under pressure!FOUR more. Make that 2 in 2. Back to back boundaries for Dwayne Smith. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201720.01 IST: Nadeem to Smith, FOUR! Nicely done! Slow loopy ball outside off, spinning away a bit, Smith pushes at it and edges it wide of first slip for a boundary. The outfield is lightning quick.Shahbaz Nadeem starts proceedings and is straightaway greeted with a boundary. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201720.00 IST: Left-arm off-spinner Shahbaz Nadeem will open the attack for Delhi. Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum to open the innings for the Lions.19.55 IST: Delhi Daredevils Playing XI – 3 changes to our side and our #DilliBoys are set to go out and play the Lions.#DDTweets#DDvGL#DilDilliHai pic.twitter.com/8Xy2nu2Lz9- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201719.55 IST: Gujarat Lions Playing XI – Here’s our Playing XI for tonight’s game. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL pic.twitter.com/3QKQ4xxzI6- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201719.31 IST: TOSS! Karun Nair wins the toss, Delhi Daredevils opt to bowl vs Suresh Raina’s Gujarat LionsKarun Nair says they will bowl first. States they did well last game chasing and the dew factor might come into play later. Wants to take it one game at a time and keep the momentum going. Mentions there are three changes in his side for this game – Chris Morris, Angelo Mathews and Jayant Yadav are replaced by Marlon Samuels (debut), Pat Cummins and Shahbaz Nadeem.Suresh Raina says they will also have bowled but now have to put runs on the board first. Just have to go there and express themselves. Exclaims they’ve been unlucky in their previous games but cannot afford to slip up tonight. Lets everybody know they are playing with the same XI.TOSS: @DelhiDaredevils won the toss and they have decided to bowl first. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL pic.twitter.com/5XIgX3fMY0- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 2017Brief Preview:Boosted by the six wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Delhi Daredevils will aim to carry on the good work when they take on Gujarat Lions in an Indian Premier League (IPL) contest at the Feroz Shah Kotla here on Thursday.On Tuesday, Delhi rode on a collective batting effort to overhaul Hyderabad’s stiff target of 186, and rise to the sixth spot in the league table, keeping alive their dreams of reaching the play-offs.Gujarat, on the other hand, are back from two close defeats to find themselves in the penultimate spot in the eight-team standings.Going into Thursday’s tie, Delhi will once again hope for a good start by the top order, comprising the likes of Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer and Risabh Pant.Delhi finally got to a decent opening start on Tuesday, thanks to Samson’s (19-ball 24) and Nair’s (20-ball 39) before Iyer and Pant also managed to cross the 30-run mark.The middle order boasts of the big-hitting all-rounder duo of Chris Morris and Corey Anderson, who stitched together a 41-run unbeaten stand for the fifth wicket to take Delhi home with five balls to spare against Hyderabad.Among the bowlers, pacer Mohammed Shami stood out with his immaculate line and length and was well assisted by the senior leg-spinner Amit Mishra. Off-spinner Jayant Yadav and Morris also bowled decently but South African pace sensation Kagiso Rabada endured an off day in office, leaking 59 runs from his four overs.Meanwhile, Gujarat will hope for a turnaround in their fortunes after two close finishes against Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants. While the match against Mumbai needed a super over to decide the winner, Pune rode on Ben Stokes’ fiery century to deny the Lions a win.Gujarat’s top order boasts of some of the world’s best T20 players in Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Dwayner Smith and Suresh Raina, who can tear apart any top bowling attack on their day. Youngster Ishan Kishan has impressed everyone with his power-hitting at the top.The middle order comprising the likes of wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik and all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and James Faulkner can use the long handle in the slog overs if needed.The Lions will only be hoping for some luck going their way in the bowling department, which has lost sting after the injury of Andrew Tye.The all-Indian pace battery of Basil Thampi, Pradeep Sangwan, Ankit Soni, Nathu Singh, Irfan Pathan and Praveen Kumar have failed to click as a unit in the tournament while Jadeja also is due in the wickets column.Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (Captain), Ankit Bawne, Khaleel Ahmed, Corey Anderson, Murugan Ashwin, Sam Billings, Carlos Brathwaite, Pat Cummins, Ben Hilfenhaus, Shreyas Iyer, Angelo Mathews, Chama Milind, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Chris Morris, Shahbaz Nadeem, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant (WK), Pratyush Singh, Kagiso Rabada, Navdeep Saini, Sanju Samson, Shashank Singh, Aditya Tare, Jayant Yadav, Marlon Samuels.Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (Captain), Akshdeep Nath, Shubham Agarwal, Basil Thampi, Chirag Suri, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Manpreet Gony, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Brendon McCullum, Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan, Pratham Singh, Jason Roy, Pradeep Sangwan, Jaydev Shah, Ankit Soni, Shelley Shaurya, Nathu Singh, Dwayne Smith, Tejas Baroka, Andrew Tye.last_img read more

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