Published On: Fri, May 5th, 2017
Sports | ByIANS

Clinical Delhi push Gujarat out of play-offs race

New Delhi: Delhi Daredevils rode on some clinical hitting from Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson to thrash Gujarat Lions by seven wickets in a high-scoring Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Ferozeshah Kotla here on Thursday.

Samson’s 31-ball innings comprised seven sixes

Chasing a mammoth 209, the left-right combo of Pant (97) and Samson (61) plundered the Gujarat bowlers all over the park to raise a 143-run stand of mere 63 balls to overhaul the target with 15 balls to spare.

With this win, sixth-placed Delhi kept their hopes of qualifying for the play-offs while Gujarat, languishing in the penultimate spot, are already out of the race.

It was a steady start for Delhi as Sanju Samson and skipper Karun Nair (12) scored 24 runs in three overs but on the fifth delivery of the third over, Nair was sent back to the pavilion by medium pacer Pradeep Sangwan.

Trying to pull a short delivery Nair found an edge that perfectly landed in wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik gloves.

The fall of wicket brought in Pant, who along with Samson created havoc among Gujarat’s bowlers.

Both batsmen added 143 runs for second wicket in just 10.3 overs before Samson was dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja in the 14th over.

Samson’s 31-ball innings comprised seven sixes.

Unperturbed by the fall of Samson’s wicket, Pant continued to beat the leather but with three runs short of his century, Pant was sent packing by Basil Thampi.

Pant, who slammed six boundaries and nine sixes in his 43 ball innings, got a nick and wicketkeeper Karthik made no mistake to grab the ball.

With pace of the game perfectly set by the former batsmen, middle-order batsmen Shreyas Iyer (14) and Corey Anderson (18) then completed the proceeding comfortably without any hiccups.

For Gujarat, Sangwan, Thampi and Jadeja took one wicket each.

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