IPL 2024 | Twitter lauds Pant-Axar brilliance as Delhi outmuscle Gujarat in last over thriller

‌Opting to bowl first proved beneficial for Gujarat Titans as they swiftly removed Delhi’s openers, Prithvi Shaw and Jake Fraser-McGurk, thanks to Sandeep Warrier’s impressive fourth over. The troubles persisted for the home team as they lost Shai Hope in the sixth over, leaving them reeling at 44/3 by the end of the powerplay. However, Axar Patel and skipper Rishabh Pant stabilized the innings with a solid 61-run partnership tbhus guiding Delhi to 105/3 after 12 overs. The seasoned 33-year Gujarat all-rounder showcased his batting abilities with a brisk 50 off 37 balls, laying the foundation for Delhi’s competitive total. Although the duo seemed well-set, Noor Ahmad’s dismissal of Axar in the 17th over halted their 113-run partnership. Nevertheless, Rishabh Pant remained resolute carrying the batting responsibilities forward and reached his fifty off 34 balls. With Tristan Stubbs’ impressive cameo of 26 runs off just seven deliveries in the 17th over, the Delhi skipper shone brilliant as he finished with a stunning 88 runs off 43 deliveries. The southpaw’s onslaught saw him amass 31 runs in the final over bowled by Mohit Sharma to lead Delhi to a commanding total of 224/4 in their allotted 20 overs.

The hosts’ jubilation persisted in the second innings as well with the dismissal of Gujarat’s opener and captain Shubman Gill in the second over. Yet, Wriddhiman Saha and Sai Sudharsan countered effectively, crafting a solid 60-run partnership to lift Gujarat’s score to 67/1 by the end of the powerplay. With the required run-rate nearing 12.25 by the ninth over, the pair encountered difficulties finding boundaries as Delhi’s Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav exhibited some great bowling. Additionally, Saha departed in the 10th over while Sudharsan reached a fifty off 29 deliveries. However, Gujarat’s batting trembled a bit after Azmatullah Omarzai was dismissed in the 11th over by Axar. With David Miller and Sudharsan at the crease, Gujarat’s scorecard read 109/3 after 11 overs. Unfortunately, Sudharsan’s innings came to an end in the 13th over after an impressive display of 65 runs off 39 deliveries. The misfortune continued for Gujarat as Shahrukh Khan fell in the 15th over leaft the Titans at 140/5 after 14.2 overs.  With 73 runs needed from the final four overs, Gujarat Titans found themselves in desperate need of a miracle after Rahul Tewatia’s quick dismissal. However, a glimmer of hope emerged as the Proteas star shifted gears dramatically, smashing 24 runs in the 17th over to notch up a spectacular half-century off just 21 balls. Regrettably, his innings came to an end in the 18th over, leaving Sai Kishore and Rashid Khan at the crease. The momentum swung in favour of the visitors as the Tamil Nadu spinner and Rashid Khan combined to plunder 18 runs in the 19th over. With Kishore departing, the Titans required 19 runs from the final over. With great determination, the Afghan all-rounder Rashid Khan struck two consecutive boundaries off Mukesh Kumar’s first two deliveries. However, the Indian pacer staged a remarkable comeback ny conceding just seven run off the last three deliveries as Delhi Capitals clinched a thrilling victory by four runs.

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