Delhi makes a comeback to snatch a win from Gujarat

- Ashish Gera   11-05-2017


Shreyas Iyer played tremendously well to bring back delhi into the game and lead towards the win last night at Green Park, Kanpur. Delhi won the toss and opted to bowl first. Smith and Isha Kishan came out to open the innings for Gujarat as Smith was run out early in the game scoring just 8 runs but Ishan Kishan carried on hitting the boundaries in the same over but Captain Raina was soon bowled by a good delivery from Pat Cummins as he was trying to make room to hit a shot. In the very next over Kishan was targeted by Mishra after hitting couple of boundaries. Now 2 fresh batsmen Finch and Karthik were out on the crease both of them played responsible cricket, hitting boundaries every over and kept on rotating the strike. The score was heading towards 180+ as Finch and Karthik as both the batsman were now set, Gujarat were 149/3 at the end of 16 overs soon after timeout first bowl of the over and Karthik got out by Braithwaite. Last 5 deliveries of his over were hit for 16 runs. Finally Shami stopped the Finch storm, he scored a brilliant 69 runs off just 39 runs but till this time Gujarat was set for a high total Jadeja and Faulkner stood not out in the end with 13 and 14 runs each off 7 and 8 balls respectively.

Delhi looked in trouble losing early wickets as they lost Samson and Pant in 2nd over it was 15/2. Shreyas Iyer and Nair carried on building a partnership; Nair continued to hit bowlers for merciless boundaries. Nair was out by Faulkner in the 8th over scoring a quick 30 off 15 balls but Iyer continued attacking the bowlers although wickets kept falling as Samuels and Anderson also scored in single digits and soon departed, Brathwaite was also out for 11 runs.

Shreyas Iyer scored 96 off 57 balls and Cummins as well added a quick knock of 24 runs from 13 balls. 7 runs off 4 balls were required when Iyer got out but experienced Mishra made no mistake and hit 2 back to back boundaries to seal the win.

Shreyas Iyer was man of the match.