Delhi Daredevils vs Gujarat Lions IPL T20 2016
Morris’ Show goes in Vain IPL T20 2016
Chris Morris who came in at No. 6 in the 11th over with the scoreboard reading 57-4 would not have thought that he would be taking his team till the end and just a couple of runs short. As it was a nail biting finish yesterday at the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium New Delhi. Zaheer Khan won the toss and asked Gujarat Lions to have a bat first. Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith came in to open the innings and with the 4th over just started, they brought up Gujarat Lions’ 50. In no time they shattered the hopes of Delhi bowlers. McCullum and Smith didn’t let any of the Daredevils bowlers settle as everyone went for runs. Zaheer Khan was the most unluckiest of the bunch with many of the edges going past keeper, slip or the third man. Couple of catches were also put down off Zaheer Khan.
But the seasoned campaigner made effective field placements and utilized the bowling attack to its maximum potential. Even when the Lions’ openers were on carnage, Zaheer Khan bowled 3 of the 6 Powerplay overs which speaks volumes of his captaincy skills of taking responsibility. Once when Smith got out, the flurry of wickets started falling. Chris Morris then came in and picked the crucial wickets of McCullum and Raina. But in the end Raina led Lions had went past the 170 mark reading 172-6. Delhi had a start to forget as de Cock, Samson and Karun Nair went cheaply. Duminy and Pant steadied the ship before Pant fell to get Morris in for a batting treat. Morris was severe on everyone hitting 8 sixes and 4 boundaries. The target was reachable with just 29 to win of last 3. But Praveen Kumar bowled an excellent last over to seal the game for Gujarat Lions.
B McCullum 60(36) I Tahir 3/24
D Smith 53(30) C Morris 2/35
C Morris 82(32) D Kulkarni 3/19
JP Duminy 48(43) J Faulkner 1/23
Player of the Match – Chris Morris (Delhi Daredevils)
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