Aman and the bowlers steer Delhi to victory over Gujarat
Chasing Delhi’s target of 131, the Titans were 125 for six despite skipper Pandya’s unbeaten half-century (59 not out off 53 balls, seven fours) and his fifth-wicket partnership of 62 with Abhinav Manohar (26). Could only score runs.
Aman Hakeem Khan’s career-best first half-century followed by a brilliant performance from the bowlers helped Delhi Capitals beat top-ranked Gujarat Titans by five runs in a low-scoring Indian Premier League match here on Tuesday to make it to the knockouts. Keeping hopes alive. Chasing Delhi’s target of 131, the Titans were 125 for six despite skipper Pandya’s unbeaten half-century (59 not out off 53 balls, seven fours) and his fifth-wicket partnership of 62 with Abhinav Manohar (26). Could only score runs.
Rahul Tewatia scored 20 runs in seven balls with three sixes but could not win his team. For Delhi, Ishant Sharma (2/23) and Khaleel Ahmed (2/24) took two wickets each, while Kuldeep Yadav took one wicket for just 15 runs in four overs. Delhi Capitals made a respectable score of 130 for eight, recovering from a poor start by Aman (51 off 44 balls, three sixes, three fours) after a career-best bowling performance by Mohammed Shami (four for 11). Made it stand Shami was supported well by Mohit Sharma (2/33) and Rashid Khan (1/28) while Noor Ahmed bowled economically, conceding 20 runs in four overs but to no avail.
Aman also shared crucial partnerships of 50 for the sixth wicket with Akshar Patel (27) and 53 for the seventh wicket with Ripple Patel (23). Chasing the target, Gujarat got off to a bad start as they lost four wickets for 32 runs. Khaleel had Wriddhiman Saha (00) caught by wicketkeeper Phil Salt in the first over of the innings, while Enrich Norkia (1/39) was edged by second opener Shubman Gill (06) to Manish Pandey at point. . Ishant then bowled Vijay Shankar (06). Captain Hardik hit Khaleel for three fours in the third over, while Norkia’s ball was also seen for the boundary. Titans scored 31 runs for three wickets in the powerplay. Kuldeep bowled David Miller (00) in the next over to give Titans a fourth blow.
Hardik then found the perfect partner in Manohar. Abhinav hit the first six of the innings on Akshar. The half-century of Titans’ runs was completed in the 11th over. Hardik ends his 27-ball boundary drought with a four over Khaleel. Gujarat needed 52 runs to win in the last five overs. Hardik completed his half-century in 44 balls with a single off Kuldeep but only 15 runs were scored in two overs. Titans now needed 37 runs in three overs. In an attempt to play a big shot off Khaleel, Abhinav handed over the catch to Aman.
He hit a six while facing 33 balls. Only four runs were scored in the over. Tewatia raised Gujarat’s hopes with three consecutive sixes over Norkia. Titans now needed just 12 runs in the final over and the ball was in the hands of the experienced Ishant. Ishant gave three runs in the first three balls and Tewatia was caught by Riley Roseau on the fourth ball. Now the Titans needed nine runs off the last two balls but the Gujarat batsmen could manage only three runs. Earlier, electing to bat after winning the toss, Delhi had a very poor start.
The team lost five wickets for 23 runs in the fifth over. Shami got Phil Salt (00) caught by David Miller at extra cover on the very first ball of the match. On the first ball of Hardik Pandya’s next over, Delhi captain David Warner (02) was run out trying to take an unnecessary run while it was a no ball. Shami demolished Delhi’s top and middle order in the third over of the innings by catching Riley Roseau (08) while in the fifth over Manish Pandey (01) and Priyam Garg (10) were caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha. The Delhi team could only manage 28 runs for five wickets in the power play. Aman hit a six off Rashid Khan after a four off Josh Little. Akshar also showed Shami’s ball to the boundary. Akshar took the team’s score beyond 50 runs in the 10th over with a six over Rashid.
However, in an attempt to increase the run rate, Akshar caught Rashid off Mohit’s ball. Delhi scored 78 runs for six wickets in 15 overs. Aman tried to increase the run rate in Mohit’s next over with fours and sixes. Ripple completed the team’s century in the 17th over with two fours over Little. Aman completed his first half-century in 41 balls with a six over Mohit and then two runs but was caught by Abhinav Manohar off Rashid. Mohit got his 100th IPL wicket by dismissing Ripple in the final over of the innings.
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