New Delhi: Welcome to our live coverage of the match 42 of IPL 2017, between Delhi Daredevils vs Gujarat Lions, being played at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. (Live scorecard || Full coverage || Points table || Match report )
CATCH OF THE MATCH- Corey Anderson
MAXIMUM SIXES- Rishabh Pant ( 9 sixes)
STYLISH PLAYER- Sanju Samson
MAN OF THE MATCH- Rishabh Pant
DD win by 7 wickets with still 15 balls remaining; carry on play-off hope
Delhi Daredevils Innings; Target 209
Over 17.3 | Score 214/3 | Iyer 14 (8) ; Anderson 18 (12)
4 off 18 needed now. It is just time that things will finish up for the Lions in this season. Faulkner into the attack now. Two leg-byes of the first two deliveries and then a wide lowers the equation down to just one run needed. And six it is to finish off the game. 20th six of the night and Anderson it is to finsh the match. Delhi keeps play-off hopes alive as Lions chip off the road.
Over 17 | Score 205/3 | Iyer 14 (7) ; Anderson 12 (10)
The equation is 20 off 24 now. Slip comes in and so does mid-off as Thampi paces in for his last over now. Third delivery, keeps it along side, back of the length and Anderson flicks it high over square-leg for a six. 12 off 20 now. Two singles to follow off the next two deliveries as the over sums up to 16 off it. Six off the last ball from Iyer to finish the over. 19th off the night.
Over 16 | Score 189/3 | Iyer 7 (4) ; Anderson 4 (7)
And it Sangwan back into the attack now for his fourth and final over. 27 more runs off 30 deliveries required. Just a single of the five deliveries bowled and last one goes for a six. Well off, over pitched and Iyer slices it over long-off to clear the rope.
Over 15 | Score 182/3 | Iyer 1 (2) ; Anderson 3 (3)
32 off 36 needed as Basil Thampi returns to attack to get another wicket now. New batsman Shreyas Iyer at strike now. Gets off the mark with a flick down midwicket- takes a single. Third ball, Thampi seams it well outside, over-pitched too as Pant gets a lower nick off the ball as Karthik does rest of the job. Pant dismissed as Raina runs in to console the youngster.
RR Pant c Karthik b Basil Thampi 97 (43b)
Corey Anderson steps in now with not much work to do. Five runs off the over and that important wicket- successful indeed.
Over 14 | Score 177/2 | Iyer 0 (0) ; Pant 97 (42)
An expensive first over and Jadeja returns back for his second over now and he gets the job done. Second delivery, flat outside off as Samson goes for a mistimes shot and Faulkner in the deep to take it.
SV Samson c Faulkner b Jadeja 61 (31b)
A sensational 143 run partnership comes to an end. But Pant continues. Six and then a four and he cant stop flirting with the boundaries.
Over 13 | Score 165/1 | Samson 59 (30) ; Pant 87 (38)
And it is Dwayne Smith into the attack now. First delivery, yorker as Pant flicks it effortlessly over square-leg for a boundary. It is absolute massacre at Kotla. No mercy to the Lions bowling attack. Last delivery, yorker near his ankle as Pant flicks it down square-leg.
Over 12 | Score 153/1 | Samson 58 (27) ; Pant 77 (34)
Delhi in the last five overs have racked up 74 runs. Change in attack- Jadeja spins in for his first over. First ball, six! Top-tier shot. Oh god! And then again. This time he slices the offside ball over long-off. Sanju too brings up his fifty now. 16 off the over. Another big over for the Daredevils.
Over 11 | Score 137/1 | Samson 43 (22) ; Pant 76 (33)
James Faulkner in for his second over now. First ball, slower, leg side as Pant flicks it over square-leg for a boundary. Second ball, length, off side as Pant shovels it high, high, and crosses the rope. The duo at pitch is making sure that Delhi is way ahead run rate required. Fifth ball, over the wicket, slower, flatter, middle and Pant swings his bat across to fire it over square-leg. And another six, down the line to finish the over. What an over! 24 off it.
Over 10 | Score 113/1 | Samson 42 (21) ; Pant 54 (28)
Another six from Daredevils as they return after the short time-out. First ball from Soni and Samson flicks it over midwicket for a six. 100 up for Delhi now. Third delivery, pitching up the ball, well off as Samson slices it up downtown for a splendid six. 14 off the first half of the over.
Over 9 | Score 97/1 | Samson 27 (16) ; Pant 53 (27)
It is the skipper into the attack yet again. Second ball, Pant sweeps it down cover for a boundary as Smith does the fumble in the deep. And the over finishes up with a six as 50 up for Rishabh Pant.
Over 8 | Score 83/1 | Samson 26 (16) ; Pant 39 (21)
And spin attack continues with Ankit Soni into the attack now. A singles off the first two deliveries brings up the 50 run partnership off just 28 deliveries. So it time that one out of the two start attacking real hard now.
A beautiful scene at Kotla- The stadium coming alive with flashlights off the audience stand. Kotla is glowing and so is Pant, as he strikes a six.
Over 7 | Score 73/1 | Samson 25 (13) ; Pant 31 (18)
And Suresh Raina takes the responsibility himself to cut off this stemming partnership. Second delivery, pitches the ball up, as Samson smacks it over lomg-on for a maximum. Single each off the next two deliveries as the batsmen are also indulging themselves in rotaing their strikes. 10 off the over.
Over 6 | Score 63/1 | Samson 17 (10) ; Pant 29 (15)
And it is Faulkner in for his first over to bowl the final over of power-play. Just three runs between the wicket off the four deliveries bowled. Two more singles to finish the over.
Over 5 | Score 58/1 | Samson 16 (9) ; Pant 25 (10)
Sangwan into the attack now. First ball, shorter, middle line and Pant picks it up to put it behind square-leg for a six. And then again! Sends it sailing over long-on now. 88 metre six. Third delivery, seaming off and Pant cuts it past short third man for another boundary. It is raining boundaries at Kotla now.
Over 3 || Score 25/1 - Sanju Samson 9(6b); Rishabb Pant 0(1b)
Pradeep Sangwan continued with his second over. It started with a six, hit by Sanju Samson. The Delhi opener pulled over square leg.
Three singles followed, then the wicket of Karun Nair. Caught behind.
WICKET: Karun Nair c Dinesh Karthik b Pradeep Sangwan 12 (11b)
A leg bye to new man Rishabh Pant to end the over.
Over 2 || Score 15/0 - Sanju Samson 1(3b); Karun Nair 11(9b)
What an over from Basil Thampi. Four runs — one single, one leg bye and a double. He even got everyone interested with a huge shout for caught behind, off the last ball of the over. It was close call for Karun Nair, inside edge.
Delhi still need another 194 runs from 18 overs.
Over 1 || Score 11/0 - Sanju Samson 0(1b); Karun Nair 9(5b)
Pradeep Sangwan resumed the proceedings. A leg bye off the first ball. Lucky for Sanju Samson to escape that. Karun Nair took two balls to open his account, with a four through backward point. A dot ball, then a wide.
Nair then hit the fifth ball for a four, by lifting over the square leg fielder. A single to end the over.
DD need 209 runs to win off 120 deliveries
Over 20 | Score 208/7 | Sangwan 1 (1) ; Jadeja 18 (7)
And it is Corey Anderson to bowl the last six deliveries for Delhi. First ball, back of the length, slow, seaming off as Faulkner drags it over midwicket, but Brathwaite there in the deep to take it.
JP Faulkner c sub (CR Brathwaite) b Anderson 1 (3b)
Fours runs off the next three deliveries. And then comes the six. 200 up for Lions. Quicker cutter and Jadeja sends it downtown and then again. Bak-to-back sixes from Lions as Gujarat end at 208
Over 19 | Score 191/6 | Faulkner 1 (2) ; Jadeja 3 (3)
Rabada charges in to finish off with his quota now. Second delivery, yorker well wide as Finch slices it over mid-off for a boundary. Third delivery, flatter, middle line as Finch gets the leading edge and ball balloons over the keeper going back. Nadeem running in, Pant running in, finally Pant calls for the catch making a timely dive to take it. Umpire goes upstairs to confirm it. And the signal is...OUT. Off goes Aaron Finch.
AJ Finch c Pant b Rabada 27 (19b)
Another Aussie into the pitch now- James Faulkner.
Over 18 | Score 184/5 | Finch 23 (17) ; Jadeja 1 (1)
Pat Cummins paces in for his fourth and final over now. First ball, slow cutter as Kishan slices it high, high over mid-on as Shreyas Iyer runs in hard to take it. Iyer indeed has missed a couple of catches tonight, but fortunate enough for Delhi that he finally got one right.
Ishan Kishan c Iyer b Cummins 4 (6b)
Ravindra Jadeja is the new batsman at the pitch. Fifth ball, quicker bouncer, way over his head as Finch jumps to put it over square-leg region for a boundary.
Over 17 | Score 178/4 | Finch 18 (13) ; Kishan 4 (5)
And it is Kagiso Rabada into the attack fo his third over now. Three runs off the first half of the over. Last delivery, paces it to the leg side, shorter to as Finch looking to pull it gets the top edge and the ball arcs over short third man for a boundary.
Over 16 | Score 171/4 | Finch 12 (9) ; Kishan 3 (3)
Corey Anderson in for his second over now. Just three runs scored off the five deliveries bowled as the over ends up with just ....wide ball. So one more ball still to go. Single to end the over.
Over 15 | Score 164/4 | Finch 9 (5) ; Kishan 1 (1)
Pat Cummins back into the attack now for his third over now. Deep mid-on , deep midwicket comes in place. First ball, angling in, fuller as Karthik scoops it over....Anderson jumps high to take it at mid-on. What a stunner of a catch! Waits and watches the ball coming towards and leaps high and takes it with his left hand.
KD Karthik c Anderson b Cummins 65 (34b)
Ishan Kishan is the new man in. Just six off the over.
Over 14 | Score 158/3 | Finch 4 (1) ; Karthik 65 (33)
Shami once again into the attack now for his third over. First ball, off-cutter as volleys it over cover for a boundary. Second ball, yorker to the offside as Karthik directs it down to point. Raina already half-way through looking to take the single, but Karthjik shouts out to send him back. Too late as Rabada's direct trow beats the pace and off goes the skipper. Not a very happy person now, it seems.
SK Raina run out 77 (43b)
Karthik continues the rampage, strikes two back-to-back biggies of the very two balls- four and a six. Last ball, Finch off the mark with a boundary.
Over 13 | Score 139/2 | Raina 77 (43) ; Karthik 50 (28)
Little change in attack now as Karun Nair introduces Corey Anderson into the attack. Well the lions seem to be eying 200 already, given the way Raina and Karthik are charging in. Four runs off the three deliveries bowled and then comes a six. Fourth delivery, shorter, middle line as Karthik picks it up and puts it over the rope over square-leg region. Single off the last ball and Karthik gets his fifty now.
Over 12 | Score 127/2 | Raina 75 (41) ; Karthik 42 (24)
Having bowled the first over of the innings, it is Nadeem back in for his second over now. Second delivery, back of the length, spinning to the leg side as Karthik muscles it high, sky high off his back-foot for a maximum over long-on. And then again! Places it to the off side this time as he shimmies down to shovel it over cover for another six. It is a 100-run stand for the Lions. First time. Fourth ball, Raina over mid-off for a boundary. Absolute pandemonium in Delhi as Lions are running inside the cage.
Over 11 | Score 109/2 | Raina 70 (40) ; Karthik 29 (20)
And Marlon Samuels continues into his second over now. First ball, length, middle spinning off as Raina sweeps it high, high over midwicket for a six. Last ball, Raina sends the ball sailing downtown to end the over with a six.
Over 10 | Score 93/2 | Raina 55 (35) ; Karthik 28 (18)
And Delhi continues with Amit Mishra yet again. Has been expensive in the first over, had been expensive two nights ago. First ball, quicket to the off as Karthik cuts it down point for a boundary. 10 off the over.
Over 9 | Score 83/2 | Raina 51 (32) ; Karthik 22 (15)
And it is the season's debutant Marlon Samuels into the attack for his first over now. Four runs scopoped up between the wickets off the five deliveries bowled. Last ball, whips the fuller outside spinning ball down midwicket and he gets his yet another IPL fifty.
Over 8 | Score 77/2 | Raina 46 (27) ; Karthik 21 (14)
And finally returning to spin attack as the experienced Amit Mishra comes into play. Three singles off the four deliveries bowled and then a boundary. Places it wide off the off stump, fuller as Karthik swaps it down point for a boundary. And a six to finish the over.
Over 7 | Score 64/2 | Raina 44 (25) ; Karthik 10 (10)
Alittle time-out and Delhi starts off with pace again. Expensive first over, gave away 15 runs off it. It is Shami in his second over now. Third delivery, fuller to the off as Raina flicks it over....Samuels misses the catch at cover. Just slipped off his fingers. Four runs scored off the four deliveries bowled as 50-run partnership comes up for the duo. Six off the over in total.
Over 6 | Score 58/2 | Raina 40 (21) ; Karthik 8 (8)
Last over of power-play as Karun Nair decides to stick around with pace. It is Pat Cummins into the attack now for his second over now. Second delivery, 147kmph, fuller, off as Karthik with a little shimmy drives it down the line for a boundary. 50 up for Gujarat now. Last ball, fuller again as Raina drifts it down square-leg for a boundary.
Over 5 | Score 46/2 | Raina 34 (18) ; Karthik 2 (5)
Rabada changing side now as he paces in for his second over now. Raina is taking all charge after side slipped two wickets down. Two attempts at biggy failed as the skipper just settled for two each. And finally gets the maximum off the third. Length, middle and off his backfoot over long-on. Well he is on fire tonight. 11 already off the four deliveries bowled. Ends the over with two beautiful deliveries which ends as dot balls.
Over 4 | Score 35/2 | Raina 23 (14) ; Karthik 2 (3)
And it is Mohammed Shami into the attack now. First ball, length, middle line as Raina off his backfoot, sends it sialing over long-on for a six. Just the length he was looking for and he does the damage. And then comes a boundary. Shorter this time as Raina shimmies down the line to pull it over cover for a four. Fourth delivery, full toss, wide of off as Raina sends it wide off mid-off for the second boundary in the over.
Over 3 | Score 20/2 | Raina 8 (8) ; Karthik 2 (3)
And more of pace attack into the game as Pat Cummins come in for his first over. He came in for Chris Morris tonight. Second delivery, shorter to the leg as Raina flicks it over square-leg for a boundary. Just seven off the over.
Over 2 | Score 13/2 | Raina 2 (4) ; Karthik 0 (0)
And shifting to pace attack now as 21-year-old Kagiso Rabada paces in. First ball, length, seams it around the off stump, outside edge and straight to Rishabh Pant at slip. What a wicket!
BB McCullum c Pant b Rabada 1 (3b)
Prolific Suresh Raina makes his way to the pitch now. Second delivery, Raina taps it down to midwicket and calls for a single but Smith takes too time to take off as Samuels in throws it hard at the striker's end.....WICKET!
DR Smith run out 9 (4b)
Last ball, shorter one, too short to the leg side, nick of the glove flies back. Fumble one, two, three...drop. Iyer dismisses a huge opportunity.
Over 1 | Score 10/0 | McCullum 1 (2) ; Smith 9 (4)
It is a do-or-die situation here at Feroz Shah Kotla as Delhi Daredevils welcome Gujarat Lions for the first time in the 10th season of Indian Premier League. New openers today- Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum at the pitch now. Shahbaz Nadeem is the bowler now.
First delivery, spinning it outside off as Smith lazily drifts it down slip for a boundary. It is quick outfield here at Delhi and that has tajken the ball all the way to the rope. Second delivery, places it to the leg side as Smith paddle sweeps it over square-leg for a nother boundary. Grat start by the Lions.
Delhi Daredevils: Sanju Samson, Karun Nair (C), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Marlon Samuels, Corey Anderson, Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Shahbaz Nadeem, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami
Gujarat Lions: Ishan Kishan, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina (C), Aaron Finch, Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Pradeep Sangwan, Basil Thampi, Ankit Soni
TOSS: Toss: Delhi's stand-in captain Karun Nair wins the toss, and opts to bowl first against the Gujarat Lions.
Delhi has three changes, Chris Morris, Angelo Mathews and Jayant Yadav OUT to make ways for Pat Cummins, Marlon Samuels and Shahbaz Nadeem are in. West Indian Samuels is making his Delhi debut.
For the visitors, it's same XI.
Delhi Daredevils: Sanju Samson, Karun Nair (C), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Angelo Mathews, Corey Anderson, Chris Morris, Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammed Shami
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Gujarat Lions: Brendon McCullum, Ishan Kishan, Suresh Raina (C), Aaron Finch, Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Pradeep Sangwan, Basil Thampi, Ankit Soni
Delhi Dardevils: Zaheer Khan (C), Angelo Mathews, Corey Anderson, Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins, Ankit Bawne, Aditya Tare, Murugan Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Shashank Singh, Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Chama Milind, Khaleel Ahmed, Pratyush Singh, Marlon Samuels.
Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (C), Akshadeep Nath, Basil Thampi, Shubham Agarwal, Dwayne Smith, Chirag Suri, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Manpreet Gony, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Dinesh Karthik, Dhaval Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Brandon McCullum, Pradeep Sangwan, Jason Roy, Jaydev Shah, Shelly Shaurya, Nathusingh, Tejas Baroka and Andrew Tye.
When and where to watch the match:
Date & Time: May 4 (Thursday) at 20:00 IST
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
TV Listing: Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD and SET MAX.
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Strangely, cricket fans will witness season's firt meeting between Delhi Daredevils and the Gujarat Lions. Mind you, the 10th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) is already in it's fifth week and more than 40 matches have been played.
When these two struggling teams fight to survive the day, it will bring an air of unpredictability. One doesn't know for sure which side is the favourite. Host Delhi, having a game at hand, seem to have a better position than their visitors from Gujarat, even though both the sides have six points apiece.
Delhi revived their campaign with a thrilling win over defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last match, thanks to an all-round batting performance. They will need to carry that winning momentum, and keep their chances alive for a play-off spot. But it's still a tough one. Here, what they can do is take one thing at a time, and the first one is to tame the Lions.
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It will not be an easy task. Despite the win against Hyderabad, Daredevils still have many things to ponder to, with the prominent one being Zaheer Khan's unavailability. The inspirational is hamstrung, and in his stead, Karun Nair will once again need to do an exceptional job to lead the team. With five games, including today's fixture, Delhi can still make the play-offs though, if they win all their remaining matches. At least, that's what they are hoping for.
A similar narrative in going on in the Lions' camp. They have six points from 10 matches. If they manage to win all their remaining four matches, including today's, and with some favourable results from elsewhere, the Lions can still hope for an outside chance to make the play-offs. It's imperative to understand here, outside means outside. A defeat today, and they will join Royal Challengers Bangalore in the lurch.
What's worrying most for the last year's table toppers' is the team's collective failure. An otherwise power-packed team is now struggling to keep things together for an concerted effort, and as a result, lost few close games, including a Super Over finish against Mumbai Indians. Skipper Suresh Raina, pacers Basil Thampi and Andrew Tye were the only stand out performers so far. But Tye is out injured.
If they are to give themselves any realistic chance of making the play-offs, then winning these remaining matches becomes mandatory. For that to happen, every lion in their ranks will need to show up.