Young Shreyas Iyer missed a magnificent century by four runs but that was enough for Delhi Daredevils to edge past Gujarat Lions by two wickets in an inconsequential Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Wednesday.
If Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson demolished the Gujarat Lions in their away encounter at the Ferozeshah Kotla in Delhi last Thursday, it was Iyer, who almost single-handedly tamed the Lions in their own den with a 57-ball 96, his highest IPL score.
Languishing at the bottom of the IPL standings and already out of contention for the playoffs, both the sides had nothing to lose in the contest. With the win, Delhi rose to sixth while Gujarat is at the penultimate spot in the eight-team table.
Chasing a mammoth 196, Delhi lost half their side for 105 runs before Iyer and Australian Pat Cummins’ cameo (24 of 13 balls) guided the visitors to the win.
Gujarat on the other hand, were electric on the field with skipper Suresh Raina and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, accounting for three brilliant run-outs of the in-form Pant (4), Marlon Samuels (1) and Corey Anderson (6).
Delhi failed to get the momentum with the run-outs having lost opener Samson, bowled by left-arm pacer Pradeep Sangwan after scoring a 7-ball 10 before losing Pant immediately off an excellent throw at the stumps from Raina.
Karun Nair (30) and Iyer then stabilised the innings with a 57-run third wicket stand before the strategic time-out once again did the trick for the home side, in the form of Nair’s dismissal.
Nair, after facing 15 balls and helping the ball to the boundary on five occasions and once over it, lofted a slower delivery from Australian James Faulkner only for Dwayne Smith to take a reverse-cupped catch at cover.
Jadeja then made his presence felt, effecting two quick run-outs, first of West Indian Samuels and then New Zealander Anderson to make things worse for the visitors.
Tottering at 105/5, medium pacer Dhawal Kulkarni added to Delhi’s frustration with the wicket of Carlos Bratwaite (11), who got a top edge for the bowler to take a simple catch at cover.
It was after Iyer and Cummins came together to milk 29 runs off 10 balls when Delhi could smell the victory. Iyer first dispatched Sangwan for two consecutive boundaries and then meted out the same treatment to Kulkarni.
Cummins too joined the party, using the long handle to good effect as the Australian raised a valuable 61-run stand for the seventh wicket with Iyer to take the visitors within sniffing distance of a win.
Cummins, in his attempt to get to the target quickly, lofted Faulkner to long-on only for Smith to take a comfortable catch. The Australian’s 13-ball knock was laced with two boundaries and a massive six off the same bowler.
With 14 needed off seven deliveries, tailender Mohammed Shami (4 not out) managed to push one to the boundary to reduce the margin before Basil Thampi in his second delivery of the final over, got one in the blockhole to blow Iyer’s middle stump.
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra (8 not out) then whacked two consecutive fours to seal the deal in favour of Delhi.
Earlier, Australian Aaron Finch’s flashy 39-ball 69, laced with six fours and four sixes helped Gujarat Lions recover from the early jolts and post a mammoth 195/5.
Finch’s 92-run fourth wicket stand with wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik (40) helped the Lions recover after losing the early wickets of opener Smith (8), Raina (6) and Ishan Kishan (34).
Put in to bat, Gujarat found themselves reeling at 56/3 before Karthik and Finch began the recovery sensibly, taking the odd singles and helping the bad balls to the boundary as the run rate dropped a bit midway into the innings.
Delhi found it tough to break the partnership with both the right-handers stepping up the gas to race to 148/3 by the 16th over, before West Indian Brathwaite managed to pack the Tamil Nadu-born stumper, who had faced 28 balls by then and struck four fours and a six.
Thereafter, Finch, who by now had reached his 50 off 32 balls, struck a few blows to add 32 runs for the fifth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja (13 not out) before Shami’s full delivery blew the Australian’s middle stump.
Towards the end, Faulkner (14 not out) and Jadeja added 15 runs as the home side milked 61 runs off the final five overs.
Brief Scores: Gujarat Lions 195/5 (Aaron Finch 69, Dinesh Karthik 40, Ishan Kishan 34, Amit Mishra 1/27) lose to Delhi Daredevils 197/8 (Shreyas Iyer 96, Karun Nair 30, Pat Cummins 24, James Faulkner 2/39) by 2 wickets. (IANS Match Report)
Ball-by-ball highlight of match between Gujarat Lions vs Delhi Daredevils
11: 31 PM IST | DD 197/8. Delhi Daredevils need 9 runs in 06 balls
19.4: FOUR! Mishra wins it for Delhi
19.3: FOUR! Mishra hammers the ball to mid wicket
19.2: WICKET! Shreyas Iyer 96(57) is clean bowled by Thampi
19.1: Thampi to bowl the last over; Leg Byes (2 runs); Iyer still on strike
11: 31 PM IST | 19 overs bowled, DD 187/7. Delhi Daredevils need 9 runs in 06 balls
18.6: Dot off the last ball
18.5: FOUR! Shami gets off the mark with an outside edge past short third ball; very lucky boundary for Delhi Daredevils
18.4: Iyer takes a single to long on
18.3: Iyer plays a dot
18.2: WICKET! Pat Cummins departs in the process to finish the innings, Smith takes a good catch at long off boundary. DD 182/7
18.1: Faulkner into the attack, starts with a single to Iyer to long on
11: 25 PM IST | 18 overs bowled, DD 181/6. Delhi Daredevils need 15 runs in 12 balls
17.6: Iyer takes a single off the last ball to fine leg; will retain strike
17.5: Cummins takes a single to long on
17.4: Cummins takes a couple to leg side
17.3: Iyer takes a single to leg side
17.2: Cummins takes a single to deep square leg
17.1: Thampi into the attack, Cummins takes 2 runs to leg side
11: 20 PM IST | 17 overs bowled, DD 173/6
16.6: FOUR! Iyer finishes the over with straight boundary
16.5: Iyer takes two runs to mid off
16.4: SIX! Iyer lofts the good length ball over long off
16.3: Cummins takes a single to leg side
16.2: Cummins takes a couple to deep mid wicket
16.1: Pat Cummins welcomes Faulkner with a huge SIX over cover
11: 14 PM IST | 16 overs bowled, DD 152/6
15.6: Cummins takes a single off the last ball to long on
15.5: Iyer takes a single to extra cover
15.4: Iyer plays a dot
15.3: FOUR! Iyer goes to fine leg; what an inning is he playing tonight
15.2: FOUR! Iyer punches the ball to backward square leg boundary
15.1: Kulkarni back in the attack, Iyer drives to extra cover for FOUR
11: 10 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, DD 121/6
14.6: FOUR! Cummins plays down the wickt to straight boundary
14.5: Pat Cummins gets off the mark with inside out drive to sweeper cover for FOUR
14.4: Cummins plays a dot
14.3: Iyer takes a singel to third man
14.2: FOUR! Iyer makes room and slaps the ball to backward point boundary
14.1: Iyer welcomes Sangwan with FOUR to mid wicket
11: 06 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, DD 121/6
13.6: Pat Cummins plays a dot off the last ball
13.5: WICKET! Brathwaite 11 (10) tries to pull the slow short ball by Kulkarni, takes top edge and a simple catch by Kulkarni off his on ball. DD 121/6
13.4: Brathwaite plays a dot
13.3: Iyer takes a single to long on
13.2: Iyer plays a dot
13.1: Kulkarni back in the attack, starts with single to Brathwaite to long on
10: 59 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, DD 119/5
12.6: Brathwaite takes a single to long on
12.5: FOUR! Brathwaite edges to third man boundary
12.4: Brathwaite plays a dot
12.3: Brathwaite plays a dot
12.2: FOUR! Brathwaite scoops to fine leg
12.1: Jadeja into the attack, starst with a dot ball to Brathwaite
10: 57 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, DD 110/5
11.6: FOUR! Iyer plays to backward square leg boundary to finish the over
11.5: Brathwaite gets off teh mark with a single to third man
11.4: WICKET! Jadeja is on fire, Corey Anderson6(6) (run out) has to depart; Jadeja should be in Indian Olympics contingent!
11.3: FOUR! Anderson punches the short of length ball to square of the wicket boundary
11.2: Iyer takes a quick single to point; HUNDRED up for Delhi Daredevils
11.1: Thampi continues, starts with a single to Anderson to cover point
10: 49 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, DD 98/4
10.6: Anderson gets off the mark with a single to long off
10.5: Anderson plays another dot
10.4: Corey Anderson is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball
10.3: Iyer takes a single to mid wicket
10.2: Iyer plays a dot
10.1: FOUR! Iyer cuts Jadeja to backward point boundary; FIFTY for Shreyas Iyer
10: 46 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, DD 92/4
9.6: WICKET! Jadeja runs out Samuels; wicket out of nowhere
9.5: Iyer plays a dot to point
9.4: FOUR! Iyer once again delicately plays very late to guide the ball past wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik to third man boundary
9.3: Iyer places the ball to mid wicket for 2 runs
9.2: FOUR! Iyer guides the ball to third man boundary
9.1: Faulkner continues, starts with a dot ball to Iyer
10: 41 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, DD 82/2
8.6: Samuels plays a dot to end the over
8.5: Iyer takes a single to mid wicket
8.4: SIX! Iyer pulls the half tracker by Jadeja over long on
8.3: Marlon Samuels gets off the mark with a single to point
8.2: Iyer takes a single to backward square leg
8.1: Jadeja continues, starts with a dot ball to Iyer
10: 39 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, DD 73/3
7.6: Samuels ends the over with another dot
7.5: Marlon Samuels is the new batsman, pushes the ball back to the bowler; no run
7.4: Iyer takes a single to third man
7.3: WICKET! Karun Nair 30(15) did not pick the slow ball from Faulkner and chips hands an easy catch to Dwayne Smith at short sweeper cover. DD 72/3
7.2: Nair plays a dot ball; good change of pace by Faulkner
7.1: Faulkner into the attack, starts with a single to Iyer to mid wicket
10: 32 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, DD 71/2
6.6: FOUR! Nair finishes the over by playing over the head of short third man
6.5: Nair plays a dot
6.4: Iyer takes a single to long off
6.3: Nair takes a single to off side
6.2: Iyer takes a single to point
6.1: Ravindra Jadeja into the attack, starts with a dot ball
10: 29 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, DD 64/2. End of Power Play
5.6: FOUR! Nair opens the bat to guide the ball to third man boundary
5.5: FOUR! Nair lofts the ball over long on boundary; two in a row for Karun Nair
5.4: FOUR! Nair picks the short ball and hammers the ball to deep mid wicket boundary
5.3: Iyer takes a single to third man
5.2: Iyer plays a dot ball
5.1: D Smith into the attack, Iyer plays backfoot cut to backward point boundary for FOUR
10: 24 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, DD 47/2
4.6: SIX! Nair lofts the half volley over long off boundary
4.5: Iyer takes a quick single to short cover
4.4: FOUR! Thampi bowls into the pads, Iyer flicks past short fine leg
4.3: Iyer plays a dot
4.2: FOUR! Iyer flicks of the pads to long on boundary
4.1: Basil Thampi into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Iyer
10: 20 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, DD 32/2
3.6: Iyer takes a single to mid on
3.5: FOUR! Iyer makes room for the short ball from Sangwan and slaps the ball to deep backward point boundary
3.4: Iyer plays a dot to point
3.3: Nair takes a single to square of the wicket
3.2: FOUR! Nair plays over short cover fielder to deep extra cover boundary
3.1: Sangwan continues, starts with a dot ball to Nair
10: 15 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, DD 22/2
2.6: FOUR! Iyer punches off the backfoot to backward cover point
2.5: Iyer plays another dot; good bowling by Kulkarni
2.4: Iyer plays a dot to cover point
2.3: Shreyas Iyer off the mark with 2 runs to backward point
2.2: Iyer plays a dot
2.1: Kulkarni continues, Nair takes a single to mid on
10: 11 PM IST | 2 overs bowled, DD 15/2
1.6: Iyer play a dot off the last ball
1.5: WICKET! Rishab Pant is run out by an alert Suresh Raina; DD 15/2
1.4: Rishab Pant is the new batsman, he picks the good length ball to hammer it to mid wicket for FOUR
1.3: WICKET! Samson 10(7) tries to pull the short ball from Sangwan, drags the ball into the stumps; DD 11/1
1.2: FOUR! Wide and fuller from Sangwan, Samson cuts it to sweeper cover
1.1: Pradeep Sangwan into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Samson
10: 04 PM IST | 1 over bowled, DD 7/0
0.6: Nair playa a dot off the last ball
0.5: Samson takes a single to cover point
0.4: Karun Nair gets off the mark with a singel to short mid on
0.3: Samson takes a single to third man
0.2: Samson plays a dot to cover point
0.1: Dhawal Kulkarni to start the bowling attack for Gujarat Lions. Sanju Samson gets off the mark with a FOUR to sweeper cover
09: 59 PM IST | The Chase Begins! Delhi Daredevils openers Sanju Samson and Karun Nair are in the middle
09: 46 PM IST | 20 overs bowled, GL 195/5
19.6: FOUR! Faulkner gets an inside edge and the ball races to fine leg boundary
19.5: Faulkner takes a couple to long on; Good slow ball by Cummins
19.4: Jadeja takes a single to mid wicket
19.3: Faulkner pulls the slow ball to deep mid wicket for a single
19.2: Faulkner places the ball to long on for 2 runs
19.1: Pat Cummins to bowl the last over, starts with runs to Faulkner to deep mid wicket. Rishab Pant has left the field; Sanju Samson to be the standing wicket keeper
09: 37 PM IST | 19 overs bowled, GL 183/5
18.6: Faulkner takes a single off the last ball
18.5: Swing and a miss for Faulkner
18.4: Faulkner gets off the mark with a couple to long on
18.3: WICKET! Shami has clean bowled Aaron Finch 69(39); Delhi gets a crucial wicket
18.2: Jadeja takes a single
18.1: FOUR! Jadeja welcomes Shami with a boundary to mid wicket
09: 31 PM IST | 18 overs bowled, GL 176/4
17.6: Finch takes a single off the last ball; retains strike
17.5: Jadeja takes a single to mid wicket
17.4: Finch takes a single to sweeper cover
17.3: FOUR! Finch hammers the good length ball to long on boundary
17.2: FOUR! Finch pulls to mid wicket
17.1: Pat Cummins into the attack, starts with a single to Jadeja to mid wicket
09: 25 PM IST | 17 overs bowled, GL 165/4
16.6: FOUR! Finch guides the ball past short third man
16.5: Jadeja takes a single to long-on
16.4: Ravindra Jadeja gets off the mark with a FOUR to deep point
16.3: Finch takes a single to long-off
16.2: SIX! Finch picks the slow ball and lands it over long-on fence
16.1: WICKET! Dinesh Karthik 40(28) has to depart, Brathwaite strikes. Delhi daredevils gets the breakthrough
09: 20 PM IST | 16 overs bowled, GL 148/3
15.6: Finch takes a couple to long on off the last ball
15.5: SIX! Short, slow and drifting towards leg side by Zaheer Khan, Finch pulls over backward square leg for a maximum
15.4: Finch plays a dot
15.3: FOUR! Leg byes (4 runs)
15.2: Karthik takes a single backward square leg
15.1: Zaheer Khan into the attack, starts with a couple to Karthik to mid wicket. SHORT RUN, only one run
09: 15 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, GL 134/3
14.6: Karthik pulls to mid wicket for a single; he will retain strike
14.5: Finch takes a single to mid wicket
14.4: Karthik drives to sweeper cover for a single
14.3: Karthik plays a dot; Brathwaite almost got him with the slow ball
14.2: Finch takes a single to third man
14.1: Brathwaite into the attack and bowls towards the pads of Finch as he guides the ball to fine leg boundary for FOUR
09: 11 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, GL 126/3
13.6: FOUR! Karthik picks the good length ball and plays over the bowler’s head to straight boundary
13.5: Karthik takes a couple to deep backward point
13.4: Finch pulls the short ball to mid wicket for a single
13.3: Finch plays a dot; good ball by Shami, he kept his eyes on the batsman as he was making room. No run
13.2: Karthik waits for the ball and opens the ball to guide the ball to third man for a single
13.1: Shami back into the attack, Finch moves to leg side to make some room and pushes the ball to long on for a single
09: 06 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, GL 115/3
12.6: Karthik plays a dot to end the over
12.6: WIDE! Corey Anderson drifting to leg side
12.5: Finch takes a single to square leg
12.4: Karthik cuts the ball to sweeper cover for a single
12.3: FOUR! Karthik uses pace and flicks the ball to fine leg boundary
12.2: Finch takes a single to long on
12.1: FOUR! Anderson continues, Finch tries to pull gets an inside edge and ball goes to behind square leg boundary
09: 02 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, GL 103/3
11.6: Leg byes (1 run)
11.5: Karthik takes a single to short fine leg; good pace by Pat Cummins
11.4: Finch takes a single to mid off
11.3: Finch plays a dot
11.2: Karthik takes a single to third man
11.1: Pat Cummins continues. Leg byes (1 run), Finch off the strike
08: 57 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, GL 98/3
10.6: Single to end the over for Finch
10.5: Karthik picks a single to third man
10.4: FOUR! Karthik plays on the up to send the ball to deep extra cover boundary
10.3: Karthik plays a dot
10.2: Finch pulls to mid wicket for a single
10.1: Corey Anderson into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Finch
08: 53 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, GL 91/3
9.6: Karthik plays a dot to end the over
9.5: Finch flicks to deep square leg for a single
9.4: Karthik takes a single to deep square leg
9.3: Finch guides the ball to backward point for a single
9.2: Karthik takes a single to third man
9.1: Brathwaite into the attack, starts with a single to fine leg for Finch
08: 47 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, GL 85/3
8.6: Finch takes a single to long off
8.5: Finch plays a dot
8.4: SIX! Finch hammers the wide flighted ball from Mishra over long off boundary; two in a row for Finch
8.3: SIX! Finch picks the short ball from Mishrs and sends it over deep mid wicket for a huge six
8.2: Karthik takes a single to cover; good tossed up ball by Mishra
8.1: Mishra continues, starts with a single to Finch to mid off
08: 43 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, GL 70/3
7.6: Karthik plays a dot off the last ball
7.5: Finch takes a single to deep mid wicket
7.4: FOUR! Finch flicks off the hips to backward square leg boundary
7.3: Karthik takes single in front of wicket
7.2: Karthik plays a dot
7.1: Carlos Brathwaite into the attack, Karthik pushes the ball to mid wicket for 2 runs
08: 39 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, GL 62/3
6.6: Karthik takes a single off the last ball to third man
6.5: FOUR! Karthik guides the slider going down the leg stump to fine leg boundary
6.4: Aaron Finch is the new batsman, gets off the mark with a paddle sweep to deep backward square leg
6.3: WICKET! Ishan Kishan 34(24) cannot pick the googly from Amit Mishra and gets a top edge to short fine leg fielder Zaheer Khan.
6.2: FOUR! Kisha leg glances to fine leg boundary
6.1: Amit Mishra into the attack, Kishan takes a couple to third man
08: 34 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, GL 50/2. End of Power Play
5.6: FOUR! Dinesh Karthik gets off the mark with a handsome cover drive
5.5: WICKET! Suresh Raina 6(5) attempts to go inside out by making room towards leg side, Cummins beats him with pace. Stumps are all over the floor!
5.4: FOUR! Raina makes room towards leg side and plays the short bouncer from Cummins to backward point boundary
5.3: Kishan charges down the pitch and drives the ball to mid wicket for a single
5.2: Raina pushes the ball to mid on for a single
5.1: Pat Cummins into the attack, starts with a single to Kishan to mid wicket
08: 26 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, GL 39/1
4.6: Kishan takes a single to cover off the last ball
4.5: FOUR! Kishan wanted to drive to cover, ball takes a thin inside edge to race to fine leg boundary
4.4: Kishan plays a dot
4.3: Raina takes a single to short fine leg
4.2: Kishan sweeps the low full toss from Zaheer to backward square leg
4.1: Zaheer to continue, Suresh Raina gets off the mark with a single to square leg
08: 21 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, GL 31/1
3.6: Kishan plays a dot
3.5: FOUR! Kishan picks the shaort of the length ball to guide it to backward square leg boundaruy
3.4: Kishan plays a dot to short mid on
3.3: SIX! Kishan picks the ball drifting to leg side over backward square leg boundaruy for a maximum
3.2: Kishan plays a dot
3.1: WICKET! Shami continues, Smith 8(8) guides the ball to short fine leg and wanted a single. Easy chance for Shami to disturb the stumps at the non strikers end. GL 21/1
08: 16 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, GL 21/0
2.6: Smith takes a single to min on off te last ball
2.5: Smith plays a dot ball to short third man
2.4: Kishan takes a singel to square of the wicket
2.3: Swing and a miss for Kishan; he is trying to go to leg side with every ball
2.2: FOUR! Kishan picks the fuller ball from Zaheer and Kishan grags it to mid wicket boundary
2.1: Zaheer continues, starts with a dot ball to Kishan
08: 11 PM IST | 2 overs bowled, GL 15/0
1.6: Leg byes (1 run); Kishan retains strike
1.5: WIDE! Second of the over for Shami
1.5: Kishan plays aa dot; Shami beats the young left-handed batsman with pace and bounce
1.4: Kishan plays a dot to short mid wicket
1.3: FOUR! Kishan plays on the up and drives between point and cover to extra cover boundary
1.2: WIDE! Slow delivery from Shami drifting to leg side
1.2: Kishan plays a dot; very well directed slow bouncer by Shami
1.1: Shami into the attack, starts with a single to Smith to backward point
08: 04 PM IST | 1 over bowled, GL 7/0
0.6: Smith takes a quick single to mid off in the last ball
0.5: Ishan Kishan gets off the mark with a front foot drive to short cover
0.4: Ishan Kishan starts with a dot ball; good seam bowling by Zaheer Khan
0.3: Smith takes a single to mid wicket
0.2: FOUR! Dwayne Smith gets off the mark with a flick off the pads to square leg; first runs on board for Gujarat Lions
0.1: Zaheer Khan will start the bowling attack for Delhi Daredevils, begins with a good length ball to D Smith for a dot ball
07: 59 PM IST | The Match Begins! Gujarat Lions openers Dwayne Smith and Ishan Kishan are in the middle to starts the proceedings.
07: 43 PM IST | Here is the final playing XI for Delhi Daredevils and Gujarat Lions
Team Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (c), Dwayne Smith, Ishan Kishan, Dinesh Karthik (w), Aaron Finch, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pradeep Sangwan, Basil Thampi, Ankit Soni
Team Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (c), Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (w), Corey Anderson, Marlon Samuels, Carlos Brathwaite, Pat Cummins, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami
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07: 30 PM IST | TOSS TIME! Delhi Daredevils Captain Zaheer Khan has won the toss and decided to bowl first against Suresh Raina led Gujarat Lions at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur.
07: 25 PM IST | The Lions!
Not so far away, Gujarat Lions have signed in for an IPL nightmare this season. The only that thing that seems to be heading their way is the disappointment and more disappointment.
Sure00 Raina led Gujarat has lost matches from the improbable situation. The team has have lost close encounters; lost after a good show by bat; lost after a good show by bowlers — courtesy to lack of all round performance like a similar looking side Mumbai Indians sitting on top of the points table.
Coming into the match today, Gujarat will be fairly pleased with the win in their last fixture against Kings XI Punjab — won by 6 wickets.
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Coach Brad Hodge and skipper Suresh Raina will want to settle for nothing less before they part ways until the next season, next year.
Suresh Raina has so far led the pack with the bat — 434 runs in 12 matches — but has not fared so well when it comes to marshalling his troops o the field.
07: 15 PM IST | Daredevils!
Delhi Daredevils will get into tonight’s game with fresh memories from their mayhem they suffered against Mumbai Indians — won by 146 runs after Delhi was bowled out for 66.
Adding to that Coach Paddy Upton and Rahul Dravid have has a tough task of preparing a final line-up after some of their key players have left for home.
South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris and Srilanka’s Angelo Mathews have left to peruse national duties.
Right-handed batsman Sam Billings, who earlier left to play for England, will not be returning to join the Delhi squad anymore as well.
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Rahul Dravid will once again look forward to the Indian batsmen in Delhi’s squad to carry the burden for tonight and the two matches they still have to play — against Rising Pune Supergiant and Royal Challengers Bangalore — before the IPL season draws curtains on them.
What has been more disturbing is the failing of strong bowling line up. Daredevils management invested a lot to strengthen their bowling attack which has been playing under power so far.
07: 00 PM IST | Hello and welcome to our live IPL blog for Match 50 of the 2017 Vivo IPL between Gujarat Lions and Delhi Daredevils slated to be played at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur.