Chris Morris is named the Man of the Match
IPL 2016, DD vs GL as it happened: Morris' heroics in vain as Lions edge Daredevils by one run
It will be a clash of two in-form teams when Delhi Daredevils host Gujarat Lions in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday.
FIFTY for Morris! He's is on fire. He hits the fastest fifty of IPL 9. Seven sixes and he brings it up in style with a six straight back over Smith's head. What an innings so far and what a fightback from DD.
After 20 overs,Gujarat Lions 172/6 ( Dwayne Bravo 7 , James Faulkner 22) Lions end up at 172/6 after Baz and Smith hammered home 110/0 in first 10. Brilliant comeback from Delhi Daredevils, they pulled it back. Just 62 runs given in last 10 overs. Complete turnaround. They'd be happy with the total, considering GL were easily headed to 215-220. Excellent bowling performance from Tahir and Morris. Tahir: 4-0-24-3, Morris 4-0-35-2
After 17 overs,Gujarat Lions 143/6 ( Dwayne Bravo 0 , James Faulkner 1)
OUT! Karthik departs on 19, Tahir has struck back-to-back is now on a hat-trick! This has spelled disaster for Lions. What a colossal collapse by Gujarat, what a comeback by DD. 6 WICKETS IN THE LAST 7 OVERS!
OUT! Ishan Kishan, the India u-17 captain departs. Half-hearted attemnpt at a shot, skies it and is caught by Duminy. Tahir has struck again.
After 15 overs,Gujarat Lions 132/4 ( Dinesh Karthik (W) 11 , Ishan Kishan 1)
OUT! Jadeja is gone, he gets the faintest of edges off Duminy and de Kock makes no mistake. Caught behind. DD are back into it. GL, once cruising to a extra-200 total, have now lost 4 wickets for 22 runs in last 5 overs.
After 12 overs,Gujarat Lions 117/3 ( Dinesh Karthik (W) 1 , )
OUT! Skipper Raina departs on 2, Morris is turning things around for DD here. Raina goes for a behind-square flick but is unaware of the field placement. He is caught out easily by Nair at short fine-leg. What an over from Chris Morris, 2 wickets and just 2 runs given. That's how tides turn in T20 cricket.
OUT! McCullum departs on 60 off 36, he is beaten by Morris, swings and misses and the ball takes out the timber. Bowled!
OUT! Smith departs on 53, Tahir gets the breakthrough, he traps Smith leg-before. The batsman is not pleased he believes he got an edge off the bat. Smith-Baz partnership was worth 112 runs.
After 10 overs,Gujarat Lions 110/0 ( Dwayne Smith 52 , Brendon McCullum 57)
Smith and Baz power Lions to fastest 100 in IPL 2016, in 9 overs!!
Both McCullum and Smith have reached their half centuries in 27 and 26 balls respectively. They have completely dismantled the Delhi bowling attack.
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Shout-out to Pawan Negi, the most expensive player at this year's IPL. After five matches, he has 32 runs, zero wickets, and 8.5 crores.— Alt Cricket (@AltCricket) April 27, 2016
Heartbreak for Delhi. But while Gujarat won, surely there is no loser in this match. Morris spectacular, and Guj brilliant in death overs— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 27, 2016
Gujarat Lions win by 1 run!
What a match! With four required off the last ball. Bravo bowls a very full delivery, Morris could only bunt it to mid-wicket and they gets just a couple.
There was drama first ball as Morris crashed one to covers where Faulkner let one through his hands for four. It was at a catchable height but the power of Morris helped the ball burst through his hands. A couple of singles off the next two balls and then lazy fielding from Jadeja helps Morris scamper through for that risky second. Karthik then gives Morris a lifeline as Jadeja fires in a throw from long on but he fails to collect it as Morris hares in for the second. He was struggling. They got just 2 runs off the last ball and Morris' heroics went in vain.
Chris Morris is playing Stick Cricket on invincibility mode.— Alt Cricket (@AltCricket) April 27, 2016
After 18 overs, Delhi 155/5 ( Chris Morris 69 , Pawan Negi 0)
Dhawal Kulkarni bowled a very good comeback over to build the pressure by giving away just seven runs. But then Morris just hammered Smith out of the park for three consecutive sixes to make sure DD were well on course. He clobbered one over mid-wicket, then smashed one straight back to get to his fifty and then pulled one over the deep mid-wicket stands. Bravo then gets the much-needed wicket of Duminy off the first ball of the next over. But Morris continued his momentum with a four down the ground and then another one through extra cover off a delightful punch. 39 runs and a wicket off the last 3 overs. 18 needed off 12 balls now.
New Delhi: It will be a clash of two in-form teams when Delhi Daredevils host Gujarat Lions in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Gujarat have enjoyed a superb start to their debut season, winning four of their five matches to be placed second on the table with eight points. They have the same number of points as table toppers Kolkata Knight Riders.
Delhi are two points behind in third place. The Daredevils have been equally impressive, winning three of the four matches they have played so far.
Led by Zaheer Khan, the Daredevils have done well as a unit. Opener Quinton de Kock has been in good form. The South African star has the ability to play the big shots and perk up the run rate, and can also play a long innings when required.
Delhi also have several talented young batsmen like Shreyas Iyer, Karun Nair, Sanju Samson, Pawan Negi, and Mayank Agarwal, while J.P. Duminy has been in good form in the lower-middle order. West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite also has the ability to produce the big hits.
Among the bowlers, pacer Mohammed Shami and leg-spinner Amit Mishra have done well. Although Zaheer has not been in his best form, the likes of Chris Morris, Imran Tahir and Nathan Coulter-Nile offer several strong candidates in the bowling department.
Gujarat are also have a strong batting line-up with the likes of Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Dale Steyn, Dinesh Karthik, James Faulkner and Dwayne Smith.
Finch had struck three back-to-back half centuries in the first three games, although his opening combination with McCullum was not a success. In the last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Gujarat think tank tried a new opening combination in McCullum and Smith which proved to be a good move as the duo added a quick partnership of 47 runs.
Gujarat's Indian players like Pravin Tambe, Praveen Kumar, and Akshdeep Nath have also done well. In the bowling department, left-arm spinner Shadab Jakati has not been among the wickets and may find himself out of the playing XI.
Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (captain), Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Mohammed Shami,Shahbaz Nadeem, Mayank Agarwal, Jayant Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Imran Tahir, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Pawan Negi, Chris Morris, Sanju Samson, Carlos Brathwaite, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Sam Billings, Chama Milind, Pratyush Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Saeed Khaleel Ahmed, Akhil Herwadkar, Pawan Suyal.
Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (captain), Brendon McCullum, Dinesh Karthik, Aaron Finch, Dwayne Smith, Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Pravin Tambe, Dale Steyn, Praveen Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan, Andrew Tye, Akshdeep Nath, Paras Dogra, Eklavya Dwivedi, Ishan Kishan, Shadab Jakati, Shivil Kaushik, Sarabjit Ladda, Jaydev Shah, Umang Sharma.
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