Iyer stars as Delhi chase down Gujarat’s huge score

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Iyer stars as Delhi chase down Gujarat's huge score.
Iyer stars as Delhi chase down Gujarat’s huge score.
Shreyas Iyer scored a brilliant 57-ball 96 to help Delhi Daredevils register a two-wicket win against Gujarat Lions in an inconsequential Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Green Park Stadium on Wednesday. Chasing a mammoth total of 196, Delhi achieved it in the final over with two wickets to spare and two balls remaining.

Daredevils started the chase badly, losing the talented Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant in the second over. Samson played on to his stumps while attempting to smash a short ball off Pradeep Sangwan. It was a rather bizarre dismissal for Pant, who was already in pain after being hit on the thumb while collecting a throw from the deep in Lions innings.

The southpaw was run out after the ball ricocheted from his pads to Suresh Raina at slip and the opposition captain was quick to pounce on the opportunity, seeing Pant out of his crease. Though the batsman was distracted by the loud lbw appeal, he should have shown more alertness. At that point, it seemed Daredevils would go down without a fight again, just like they had done by folding up for 66 against Mumbai Indians on Saturday.

However Karun Nair and Iyer resorted to counter attack with some clean hitting. Their 57-run stand off 34 balls pushed Daredevils to 71 for two in seven overs. Lions needed a wicket to arrest the flow of runs and they got one through Faulkner, who removed the dangerous Nair. What followed was brilliant work in the field by Ravindra Jadeja, who effected run outs of Marlon Samuels and Corey Anderson with direct hits, leaving Daredevils at 104 for five.

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It was the second occasion in the tournament when Delhi defeated Gujarat chasing a big total and a batsman scoring in 90s to take his team home. Earlier, Aaron Finch’s flashy half century helped Gujarat Lions recover from the early jolts and post a mammoth 195/5 against Delhi.

Finch scored a 39-ball 69, laced with six fours and four sixes to raise a 92-run fourth wicket stand with wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik (40) to help the Lions recover from a precarious position after losing the early wickets of opener Dwayne Smith (8), Suresh Raina (6) and Ishan Kishan (34).

Match Summary:

Gujarat Lions 195/5 (20 Overs)
Aaron Finch 69, Dinesh Karthik 40, Ishan Kishan 34
Amit Mishra 1/27
Delhi Daredevils 197/8 (19.4 Overs)
Shreyas Iyer 96, Karun Nair 30, Pat Cummins 24
James Faulkner 2/39
Result- Delhi Daredevils defeated Gujarat Lions by 2 wickets.
  • Maksudul HAQUE, Correspondent, bdcrictime