Delhi Daredevils were out when bowling the first ten overs and they clawed back with the next 10 to restrict GL to 172. In reply, the same scenario as DD were three-down before the Powerplay ended only for Chris Morris’ unbeaten-80 to bring them back in. At the end, GL win by a single run. (Fixtures | Squads)
AS IT HAPPENED:
2352 hrs IST: Man of the Match: Chris Morris.
2336 hrs IST: They get only two. DD win by 1 run.
Amazing last over from @DJBravo47. Everything went against him and he still executed under pressure#coolasice#ipl9
2335 hrs IST: OH MY! Karthik fails to collect a sure run out. 4 from last ball.
2334 hrs IST: Jadeja takes it casually on the ropes and DD steal two. 6 from 2.
2333 hrs IST: Another single. Morris back on strike. 8 from 3.
2333 hrs IST: Single. DD need 9 runs from 4.
2332 hrs IST: Dwayne Bravo with the final over. DROP! James Faulkner lets it go between his hands and goes racing across to the boundary.
2328 hrs IST: Good economical penultimate over by Praveen Kumar. Just 4 runs from it.
2321 hrs IST: 11 runs from Bravo’s over but crucially wicket of Duminy. DD need 18 runs from 12 balls.
2319 hrs IST: GONE! Slower one by Bravo and Duminy fails to judge it. Catches a top edge and the bowler takes it himself.
2318 hrs IST: Fellow cricketers watching Morris pummel GL apart
Wow some serious hitting from Chris Morris wow it’s raining 66666666ss @IPL
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) April 27, 2016
2316 hrs IST: Next ball? Yes you guessed it – SIX!
2315 hrs IST: FIFTY FOR MORRIS! Brings it with a SIX! Seventh six for him! Fastest fifty this IPL – 17 balls!
2314 hrs IST: Low full toss by Smith and Morris smacks it for a SIX!
2312 hrs IST: Four to end the 16th over. DD need 50 runs from 24 balls.
2308 hrs IST: Chris Morris in sublime touch
Boy! This guy Chris Morris is as good a hard-hitter as Carlos Brathwaite, and perhaps a better bowler. #DDvGL
— Daksh Panwar (@Daksh140) April 27, 2016
Chris Morris so far: 1, 1, 6, 0, 1, 6, 0, 6, 0, 0, 6, 6, 2
— Express Sports (@IExpressSports) April 27, 2016
2306 hrs IST: 17 runs from the over. DD need 57 from 30 balls.
2305 hrs IST: Two back-to-back sixes by Morris and he’s taking Tambe to the cleaners. HUGE SIXES!
2301 hrs IST: SIX! Morris in sublime form. Short by Bravo and Morris pulls it away for a six. Not proper contact but enough to beat the fielder on the ropes.
2254 hrs IST: SIX! A little flick by Morris and it sails into the stands with so much ease. 16 runs from the over.
2250 hrs IST: Move over Duminy, Morris hits it LOONG! Goes 101 metres and into the second tier at Kotla. SIX!
2249 hrs: Follows it up with a boundary. Powerfully struck!
2248 hrs IST: Duminy hits the first six of DD innings. They need plenty more of the same!
2243 hrs IST: Brilliant catch by Praveen Kumar! Rishabh Pant pulls Faulkner and Praveen dives forward to complete the catch. Not the easiest take but he does it in the end.
2238 hrs IST: Short of length by Suresh Raina and deserves the punishment. Smacked away by JP Duminy for a four.
2233 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma with congratulatory words for Dhawal Kulkarni
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) April 27, 2016
2223 hrs IST: End of the Powerplay, DD are 22/3. Uphill battle from here.
2216 hrs IST: Kulkarni strikes again! Nair plays off his hips and Tambe takes a tumbling catch.
2212 hrs IST: Slower ball by Dhawal Kulkarni and Quinton de Kock tries to go for a big heave but it gets a leading edge and Suresh Raina takes the catch.
2204 hrs IST: WICKET Maiden for Dhawal Kulkarni. DD 2/1
2200 hrs IST: WICKET! Sanju Samson walks back, Kulkarni provides GL with the first break through
2155 hrs IST: Quinton de Kock and Sanju Samson in the middle for DD. Preveen Kumar with the ball for GL.
2141 hrs IST: First 10 overs, GL – 110/0. Second 10 overs – 62/6.
2138 hrs IST: Last ball….Double. Gujarat Lions finish on 172/6.
2138 hrs IST: After four singles, Morris tries to go for a yorker. Faulkner makes it into a full toss and smacks it for a four.
2135 hrs IST: Last over of the innings and Chris Morris to bowl it.
2123 hrs IST: Hat-trick prevented. Played down the ground for a single by Faulkner. 143/6.
2121 hrs IST: Next ball, another wicket! Karthik tries to sweep it but can only find JP Duminy at short fine leg.
2120 hrs IST: TAKEN! Ishan Kishan tries to play Imran Tahir a little too far away from his body. Top edges it and JP Duminy takes it with ease.
2118 hrs IST: In the last 7 overs, just one boundary for GL. And now they’ve got a SIX! Karthik plays it down the ground for a big one!
2111 hrs IST: DUMINY STRIKES! Extra bounce and Jadeja tries to slash it but edges it behind to De Kock. Gujarat Lions are 130/4
2105 hrs IST: Strategic timeout: Gujarat are 128/3 after 14 overs.
2100 hrs IST: Splendid end to the over. Chris Morris bangs it short and it rises into Suresh Raina. Raina tries to play it fine but can only hit it straight to Karun Nair at short fine leg. Once again, Raina departs off a short ball.
2054 hrs IST: Some problem with he landing area. Sawdust being spread on the crease.
2050 hrs IST: Slower one by Chris Morris and Brendon McCullum is totally deceived by it. Swings and misses and the ball hits the leg stump. Gujarat Lions are 116/2
2045 hrs IST: GONE! Much needed wicket for DD. Skids on by Imran Tahir and Dwayne Smith is caught LBW. GL 112/1
2043 hrs IST: Googly by Imran Tahir and McCullum skies. Luck with the Kiwi tonight – it falls right between two fielders.
2042 hrs IST: Smith gets to FIFTY in style – with a SIX! 50 from 26 balls – five fours and three sixes
2039 hrs IST: 100 up for Gujarat Lions after just 9 overs. Fastest team 100 this season.
2038 hrs IST: If straight hit batting wasn’t enough, McCullum just played a reverse sweep for a four!
2035 hrs IST: FIFTY FOR McCULLUM! 50 runs from 27 balls – five boundaries and three sixes!
2033 hrs IST: Eight overs gone, Gujarat Lions are in cruise control at 91/0. No extras with Brendon McCullum nearing a fifty.
2023 hrs IST: At the end of the Powerplay, Gujarat Lions are 71/0.
First over – 18 runs
Second over – 10 runs
Third – 14 runs
Fourth – 9 runs
Fifth – 12 runs
Sixth – 8 runs
2022 hrs IST: Not only is this big hitting, this is hard hitting! McCullum smacks Zaheer towards square leg boundary for a four that practically zipped across in no time!
2017 hrs IST: McCullum smacks Chris Morris straight down for a SIX! McCullum brings up his 100th six in the IPL with that.
2014 hrs IST: Gujarat Lions are already 51/0 after four overs. Fastest team fifty this season
2010 hrs IST: SIX! No luck needed this time. McCullum pulls Zaheer Khan for a huge SIX!
2009 hrs IST: DROP! Sanju Samson drops Brendon McCullum at deep extra cover. Samson jumped a little but let it go between his hands for a SIX!
2005 hrs IST: Smith now goes after Shahbaz Nadeem. Hits it straight back down the ground for a SIX!
2003 hrs IST: Last ball of the over and once again it goes into third man area for yet another boundary. 18/1 after first over.
2002 hrs IST: OH SO LUCKY! Dwayne Smith edges it and it goes between JP Duminy at first slip and keeper Quinton De Kock. Neither moved!
2000 hrs IST: Perfect start for Gujarat Lions. Dwayne Smith slashes it towards the cover region for a four. Third ball, a little defensive but it goes for a four.
1958 hrs IST: Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum in the middle for GL. Zaheer Khan with the ball for DD.
1935 hrs IST: CHANGES:
Delhi Daredevils: Shahbaz Nadeem and Rishabh Pant replace Mohammad Shami and Shreyas Iyer.
Gujarat Lions: James Faulkner and Ishan Kishan replace Aaron Finch and Shadab Jakati
1928 hrs IST: TOSS: Delhi Daredevils win the toss and choose to bowl first.
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