Yet again; another flourishing display of Indian Batting brilliance. Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Sanju Samson and last but not the least Rishabh Pant. All the buzz about Pant that had been there finally came into a stand as everyone saw the Brilliance that he is. With the display of character he started the tournament, continued and is still prevalent. The quest and intent to score can be seen from his reaction post dismissal. His reluctness to leave the play, and Raina’s gesture says a lot about the character they exhibit.
Batting first, Delhi plucked the two destructive openers, Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith in the second over itself. At such a situation two experienced Indian Batsmen with proven abilities in the International level started to drive their team out of the pickle. Although you should think Delhi should have got Raina in the second over itself if Shreyas Iyer wouldn’t have missed on the sitter of a chance. After keeping it slow for 2 overs or so, the duo took the charge, the captain leading from the front took the attack to the bowlers not letting the Delhi side to take advantage of their weak position. Raina with some clean hits brought up the team hundred in just the 11th over. Karthik came late into the party but he too hit some clean shots of the under-par Delhi Spin attack. Their partnership of 133 runs in just 72 balls was very crucial for Gujrat and their first century stand this season. Some tremendous fielding although did manage the Delhi team to pull a lot back to settle for a 209 target. That catch from Corey Anderson definitely qualifies as an entrant to the catch of the tournament.
As the first innings of the game saw 2 experienced Indian batsmen, the chase saw 2 young Indian batsmen of 19(Pant) and 22(Samson) in a 143 run partnership off just 63 balls coming at a strike rate of over 200. Indeed, age is just a number. The duo smacked the ball out of the park with a whooping 16 sixes between them. Initially, Samson had been the consistent backbone of the Delhi team, Rishabh Pant wasn’t being able to convert the starts; but boy, did he hit some of them today. Some of the shots that he played was just sheer brilliance. Be it the lofted cover “drive”, be it the flicks, or be it the sheer power to clear the mid-wicket boundary against the slower balls of Faulkner. Samson’s 61 of 31 and Pant’s 97 of 43 enabled Delhi to pull off a record chase in the IPL.
This also meant that Gujrat is now effectively out of the competition with only 3 wins from 11 matches. Their 3rd loss on the trot confirmed their weary season to end being knocked out of the group league.
Delhi now has got back some momentum finally with 2 wins on the trot after the 5 consecutive defeats that took them to the bottom of the table.
The table now looks quite interesting, with KKR, RPSG, SRH all 3 might feeling a little concerned with their positions. Things might just heat up in coming matches.
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Contributed by Aditya Pandit.