Delhi Daredevils rode on Shreyas Iyer’a 57-ball 96 run knock as they chase down a total of 196 to beat Gujarat Lions by two wickets in Kanpur. With both teams out from the competition for play-off spot, it was a game for pride for the two teams. After winning the toss and putting Gujarat to bat first, Zaheer Khan-led side got a great start as the visitors managed to get rid of opener Dwayne Smith cheaply. Skipper Suresh Raina (6) was back in the hut with a special delivery by seamer Pat Cummins and GL were reduced to 46/2.
However, the 92-run stand between wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik and Aaron Finch boosted Gujarat’s total to 150, before Corey Anderson completed a wonderful catch off Brathwaite to break the partnership and bring the visitors back in the game.
Asked to chase a mammoth target, Delhi lost Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson early with just 15 runs on the board. It was Iyer and Karun Nair, who rebuild double D’s chase and added 57 runs for the third wicket partnership. Wickets kept falling from the other end but young Iyer looked firm against Gujarat’s attack. Cummins’ cameo of 13-balls 24 runs brought Delhi back into the game as they went on to chase down the total with two balls remaining. Iyer fell short by four runs for his maiden Indian Premier League century.
Disappointing to lose today. Have lost many close games this season. But credit to Shreyas Iyer for an outstanding innings.#GLVDD
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And even Rahul Dravid can indulge in animated high-fives!
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