Delhi Capitals He won 130 for 8 (Aman 51, Shami 4-11, Mohit 2-33) Gujarat titans 125 for 6 (Hardik 59*, Ishnet 2-23, Halil 2-24) with five runs
In a game of epic proportions, tenth-placed Delhi took on the Gujarat Titans in Ahmedabad, winning by five runs in dramatic style.
Tewatia puts on a sexy finish
When the Titans needed 42 of their last four overs, the game could have gone either way. But the quiet rallies from Kuldeep and Khalel to finish off their spells made Equity 33 a final plus.
When Nortje started in the 19th over with three Yorkists set, the game was within reach for the Capitals, only for Tewatia to revive the home crowd again with three straight sixes from the leg team. When Ishant ran in the 20th inning, the momentum was with the Giants, but Hardik and Tuatia couldn’t find the early frontier in the end. Ishant then caught Tewatia in the dugout, and when Rashid Khan needed a six off the last ball to force a Super Over, he conceded just one to finish with a score of 2 for 23.
Indian capitals players stand
Warner, who was run out, Phil Salt and Riley Russo all failed with the bat, and were the first three men to go after the Capitals opted to bat in the toss. When Shammi also sent Manish Pandey and Priyam Garg my packages, there was a possibility that Capitals could deviate by less than 100 points.
But Aman and Aksar put on 50 off 54 balls for the sixth wicket to revive the innings. The pitch wasn’t too rough but the early shocks forced the duo into a defensive stance. As their partnership grew, so did their scoring rate, but the Capitals suffered another setback when Axar went down at the end of the 14th, fouled deep by Mohit Sharma. However, Aman took over after Aksar’s dismissal and reached his half-century mark. He joined forces with Ripal to help the Capitals get 41 innings from 16-18, a pass of play that allowed them to set the Titans 131 to win.
Then it was Khalil, Kuldip, Aksar, and Ishant who offended the Titans in pursuit. Khalil bowled an initial girl which included the wicket of Waridhman Saha. Back in the team after a long hamstring injury, Khalil beat Saha’s edge three times with his first three shots, then found an edge for the keeper with the last ball from over.
Then Shubman Gill was out to Nortje, finding cover with a drive, but the body blows came when Ishant rattled Vijay Shankar’s stumps with a knuckle and Kuldeep upset David Miller’s poles. This had the Titans reeling at 32-for-4, a situation almost as bad as the Capitals’ 23-for-5.
Hardik and Abhinav Manohar batted away, making a 62-run fifth-wicket partnership, but consumed 63 balls, allowing the required rate to climb steadily. Axar conceded just 24 in four overs, while Kuldeep finished a frugal 1 for 15, including five runs in the 17th over. Khalil and Ishent then bowled fine bunting either side of Nortje’s expensive 19 to make it a day to celebrate for the Capitals.
Shami’s supernatural talisman
Shami’s wicket for the first ball was fortunate, the hole sent straight for Salt to cover, but it was all skill after that. He delivered four overs straight after taking the new ball and finished with figures of 4 for 11, with 19 runs scored in 24 balls. He ran a good length and had Rosso overtake a corner connecting to Saha the second over.
In the third over, he stayed the same length with a more prominent straight to right-handers Pandey and Garg, and both batsmen were caught behind the catch on the outside delivery. Shami, who was named man of the match, extended his lead at the top of the IPL 2023 list for most power wickets. Wedged between Shami’s first two wickets was Warner’s dismissal, run out at the non-forward end after a mix-up with Garg.
Once Shami’s spell was completed, the pitch didn’t shift much for Noor Ahmed or Rashid Khan. Mohit and Josh Little didn’t find much cohesion with their cutters either. The two tailors ultimately ended up with relatively expensive figures as they failed to control the flow of runs at the death. The Capitals scored 52 in their last five overs, driven by Ribal’s unbeaten 13-ball 23 and 44 safety from 44 balls, which ultimately proved to be the difference.
Sreshth Shah is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @tweet