Batting first has been always the jinx for Gujarat Lions. The team is undoubtedly good in chasing. But, with a record of winning only once in 12 matches where they bat first, the same cannot be a remark for batting first. In their latest tussle with Delhi Daredevils, the same fact was used against them, and it worked. Winning the toss, Delhi sent in Gujarat to bat first. They scored a massive 195, but could not defend it, as usual. In their previous fixture against Delhi, they scored 208, batting first, with no change in fate. On the other side, the young guns of Delhi ablaze once again. Shreyas Iyer scored 96 off 57 batting until the last over. They lost wickets, but Iyer kept on the chase alive.
Until more than half the inning was bowled, the momentum was modest. In fact, the match seemed to be on hands on bowlers, Delhi hanging on the lower line up. It was the crucial partnership of 52 runs from Iyer and Pat Cummings, that salvaged the team. When Cummings was removed in the pre-ultimate over, the chase was at 182. When Iyer left, they required 7 off four balls. The job was left to Amit Mishra and Mohammed Shami the last men standing. The moment was exhilarating. Mishra emerged as the man of the moment plundering two consecutive fours hauling the chase to victor with two balls to spare.
In the previous inning, Gujarat Lions lost its early batsmen. They lost three batsmen in the first seven overs, but did not compromised with the run rate. There was the 92-run partnership between Aaron Finch and Dinesh Karthik that stopped the fall of wickets by middle of the inning. Finch hammered more in the overs from Shami. He scored 69 off 39, while, Karthik had at 40 off 28.
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