Gujarat Titans notched up their second victory on the trot on the back of superlative individual performances with both bat and ball, as Delhi Capitals lost their way in chase of 171.
What worked for Gujarat Titans with the bat?
Pretty much. He made 84 off 46, his highest IPL score, in a total of 171 and dominated an attack that was otherwise restrictive.
How did that happen?
On a pitch that was on the slower side, Gill, with a quick bat swing, managed to get after the spinners hitting them for four sixes, where three came against just Axar Patel. He also had enough chances against the pacers, with Shardul Thakur in particular, erring regularly on length against Gill. Coupling the dominance against spin with three boundaries off Thakur, Gill was able to maintain a strike-rate of 182, which was comfortably above par to what the rest of the batters were managing against Delhi Capitals.
How were Delhi so effective?
The tone was set early by Mustafizur Rahman, who replaced Kamlesh Nagarkoti. He had Matthew Wade edging an attempted lap shot in the very first over of the match. With Vijay Shankar falling to Kuldeep Yadav after a laborious 20-ball 13, Delhi’s bowlers held the upper hand right through. Khaleel Ahmed chipped in with a couple of important breakthroughs before Mustafizur sneaked in two more with his changes of pace.
Is that what worked for Gujarat too with the ball?
Yes and no. The changes threw up some difficult questions for the batters, but Gujarat had the wherewithal to summon up high pace too. Skipper Hardik Pandya, himself touching the 140kph mark, had Tim Seifert caught first ball. But it was Lockie Ferguson’s double strike in the fifth over that turned the tide. Ferguson troubled both Prithvi Shaw and Mandeep Singh with the extra bounce he extracted to have them caught and reduced Delhi to 34/3 in the 5th over, and put them on the backfoot straightaway in the chase.
Was Delhi never in with a chance?
When Lalit Yadav and Rishabh Pant added 61 for the fourth wicket, Delhi were within sniffing distance of the asking rate. But a mix-up leading to Yadav’s run out led to a swing in fortunes once again. It came in the midst of a 14-run over from Shankar with Pant imprinting his presence with three back-to-back boundaries. But it was Ferguson who landed a deathly blow bouncing out Pant as well for 43, and Axar Patel in the same over. An outside chance remained even as Rovman Powell got going with a couple of boundaries and a six, but Shami put paid to those hopes trapping him LBW with a slower ball and eventually condemning DC to a 14-run loss.
Brief Scores: Gujarat Titans 171/6 in 20 overs (Shubman Gill 84; Mustafizur Rahman 3-23) beat Delhi Capitals 157/9 in 20 overs (Rishabh Pant 43; Lockie Ferguson 4-28) by 14 runs