In DC’s nervous final-over victory over GT, Pant and Axar shined.

In DC’s nervous final-over victory over GT, Pant and Axar shined.

Despite the best efforts of Sai Sudharsan, David Miller, and Rashid Khan to prevent the hosts from winning twice over them, Delhi Capitals managed to defeat Gujarat Titans by a tight margin of four runs because to their captain’s amazing knock of 88 off 43 balls. Pant’s strike, Axar Patel’s outstanding innings (66 off 43), and Tristan Stubbs’s late cameo (26 off 7) propelled DC’s innings well beyond the 200-run threshold, but ultimately proved to be just sufficient to secure the two points.

Where was the victory in the match?

GT had a stronger start to the match and was able to match DC through the middle overs, but DC’s explosive last five overs, which included 11 sixes, decided the match.

A few overs ago, DC was nothing near the total they achieved after scoring 22 off the 19th over and 31 off the last over. Even though GT smashed at 14.6 in the final five overs, they were unable to hold on, underscoring the significance of DC’s finish with the bat that evening.

Like he often does, Jake Fraser-McGurk dared to be dangerous and was successful up until the fourth over, when his huge flick was direct to Noor Ahmad at deep square leg. After Prithvi Shaw attempted a pull three balls later, Noor’s amazing forward-diving catch at the same location sent him back.

In the final over of the PowerPlay, Rashid Khan made a brilliant catch from deep point after Shai Hope misplayed a powerful smash. Sandeep Warrier took his third wicket in this over. DC crawled to 44/3 as Warrier finished the session at 3 for 15 in 3 overs.

Midway Overs: Pant counterattack, Axar

Axar’s promotion to No. 3 was a wise move for DC as he teamed up with his captain to destroy spin in the middle overs. Rashid and Noor let up 57 runs in 6 overs between them. They were using erroneous ‘uns all the time, but Axar and Pant could read them. The slower ones by Mohit Sharma also failed, as runs were made off the quicks.

The slower ones by Mohit Sharma also failed, as runs were made off the quicks. In order to counter the slower bowlers, both hitters went for the leg side boundary; during this period, Axar reached 50 off 37 balls.

Death Overs: DC surpasses 200 with multiple sixes

Pant began the death-overs match by hitting Mohit for a six with a whip similar to a helicopter. In the same over, he hit an extra cover for sixteen runs. Axar welcomed Noor’s final over, which included two huge sixes, but he too fell in the 14-run over, scoring a superb 66 off 43 balls. Noor was trusted to deliver in the dying over. Adding to the six-gun bombardment, Stubbs left on a similar note.

R Sai Kishore, who interestingly bowled his first over of the match in the 19th and gave up 22 runs, was hit for two fours and two sixes by him. Then, in the final, Pant destroyed Mohit, removing 31 from it. Pant hit 62 of the GT pacer’s 73 expensive bowling stats in just 18 balls, making him the most expensive bowler in IPL history. With five fours and eight sixes in a quick 88* from just forty-three balls, the DC captain claimed the championship.

Gujarat Titans

PowerPlay: Saha and Sai Sudharsan get going quickly

Taking advantage of a quick outfield, Wriddhiman Saha struck five fours to score 33 off just 15 in this round. Shubman Gill was removed by DC in a major early blow, but their impact replacement, Sai Sudharsan, got things going with a six and carried the pace. By the end of the phase, he had added four fours and another six. Plus, he had good fortune on his side when Axar let the left-hander off with a straightforward catch at mid-on. In their short history, GT’s second-best PowerPlay score came from this.

Rasikh Salam applies the brakes with wickets in the middle overs.

The middle overs saw two outstanding catches halt GT’s progress. First, Axar atoned for his previous drop with a well-timed jump to grab a fine catch at cover to finish Saha’s innings. Fraser-McGurk then pulled off a Noor-like blinder, diving forward to view Azmatullah Omarzai’s back while sprinting in from deep square leg. But Sudharsan didn’t let up, scoring a half-century off 29 balls. The impact sub for DC, Salam, was a medium-pacer who clipped the wings of the southpaw as Sudharsan holed out to Axar miles away. In Salam’s next over, Pant’s quick reflexes sent Shahrukh Khan packing, putting GT five down and forcing them to chase 78 in the final five overs.

Miller, Sai Kishore, and Rashid score big, but GT lose.

After giving up five runs and dismissing Rahul Tewatia in the 16th over, Kuldeep went above and beyond for GT in their dramatic comeback. But David Miller’s 24 off fellow countryman Anrich Nortje reduced the difference between balls left and runs needed. Abishek Porel missed a difficult catching opportunity at deep square leg off Rashid Khan, putting DC under pressure, but Salam performed admirably at long on to terminate Miller’s brilliant innings of 55 from just 23 balls. Though it wasn’t expected, that wicket continued GT’s chase. Before being dismissed by the same bowler who had before hit two sixes off Salam, Sai Kishore went for the fences each time and connected.Rashid reduced the equation from 19 off 6 to 5 off 1, but even with some incredible hitting, he was unable to bring his team over the finish line.

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