Indian Premier League, 2022 |Match 10 |4/2/2022 Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
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Lockie Ferguson is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH. He says it was one of those nights, they had a lot of chances early on. States the others took the pressure off him with the way they bowled and he got the rewards. Mentions the pressure was coming from both ends and he was fortunate to be rewarded with the wickets. Informs there was a little bit of nibble at the start, he was on the shorter side but it worked out, adds one needs to be clever against Pant and he was pleased to get him. Ends by saying it was an all-round performance from the bowlers and tells that the skipper is so good in giving him the confidence and taking wickets is the part of his game.
Hardik Pandya, the skipper of Gujarat, says that he is very happy and everyone is stepping up at the right occasion. Mentions the attack they have is very good, they were 10 to 15 short but with the kind of bowing they have, it was defendable. States there was a time when Delhi were ahead in the game but Ferguson was brilliant. Admits they were 10 to 15 runs short but he backs his bowlers to defend an under par score. Also says when Pant was batting the game was on their side and they were also a bowler short and they needed to finish the game in the 19th over and they did so. Credits the way Shankar and Tewatia bowled and they did their job well. Applauds the way Gill batted.
Time for the presentation.
Rashid Khan is down for a chat. He says that he is enjoying his time and with two wins in two games he is happy. Tells that he does not mind a bit of dew and there was no dew there and length was key on this wicket. Adds that he tried few things in the first over and then some runs in the first few overs hurt him and he will take that learning from this game. Signs off by saying that it was a good effort overall.
Rishabh Pant, the skipper of Delhi, says that according to the wicket that total was not that big. He tells that they lost too many wickets in the Powerplay and in the middle and that did not help them. Adds that he is not thinking about what they will do when they come back to Pune and says that they are focussing on the next game. Says that Ponting has been amazing and when one loses, it is important to learn and keep improving.
Time for some interviews!
For Gujarat, Ferguson was outstanding. Pandya also began really well and so did Shami. Rashid was not at his best but got the important wicket of Thakur. Rahul Tewatia, Varun Aaron and Shankar filled in as the 5th bowler and that is where the game slipped out of Gujarat's hand. They went for over 10 per over. However, the rest bowled really well at the end and helped their side get over the line.
Coming to the game now, it swung like a pendulum, from one way to the other. To be honest, Delhi had it in their bag as they headed into the last 5 overs but they just could not hold their nerve. The problem for them was wickets in heaps. They lost that at the beginning. Then there was a superb stand between Pant and Lalit Yadav who got them back into the game. Then the partnership between Powell and Pant turned the tide towards Delhi. However, three in quick time put the responsibility of taking them over the line on Powell. His wicket though was the killer blow and in the end, they have fallen well short.
Two games and two matches of the highest quality! Also, to everyone's surprise, both the times, it is the side batting first who have come out on top. That is so not the trend in this tournament. Gujarat is only the second team this season to have defended a total and they have done so brilliantly. Also, it just shows how difficult it is to defend with dew around. No dew in both the games and scores which were being tracked down easily have been defended.
Rahul Tewatia to Kuldeep Yadav, Tossed up on middle. Kuldeep Yadav sweeps it but gets a top edge. The ball falls short of the deep square leg fielder and a single is taken. So a comfortable win for Gujarat in the end. They win by 14 runs!
Rahul Tewatia to Kuldeep Yadav, A fuller delivery on off. Kuldeep Yadav drives it to the cover fielder in the ring.
Rahul Tewatia to Kuldeep Yadav, SIX! Kuldeep Yadav decides to have some fun now! Tossed up on middle. Kuldeep Yadav dances down the track and tonks it over long on for a maximum.
Rahul Tewatia to Mustafizur Rahman, On the shorter side again, around off. Mustafizur Rahman punches it to sweeper cover for a single.
Rahul Tewatia to Kuldeep Yadav, Shorter one on middle. Yadav pulls it to deep backward square leg for a single.
Rahul Tewatia to Kuldeep Yadav, A flatter delivery and pushed outside off. Kuldeep Yadav leaves it alone. However, the umpire does not call it wide.
END OF OVER 19 | 3 Runs & 0 Wkt | DC 148/9
Hardik Pandya to Kuldeep Yadav, Off the splice and only one! Shorter and on the body, Yadav looks to pull, it goes off the splice towards mid on for one. 24 needed from the last over!
Hardik Pandya to Kuldeep Yadav, Another short one and on the body, this is guided to point.
Hardik Pandya to Kuldeep Yadav, That is a sharp bumper, he really bent his back on this one. Yadav looks to pull but misses.
Hardik Pandya to Mustafizur Rahman, Goes full and around off. Mustafizur Rahman drives it to long on for a single.
Hardik Pandya to Mustafizur Rahman, Back of a length, outside off. Mustafizur Rahman dabs it square on the off side.
Hardik Pandya to Kuldeep Yadav, On a length, on middle. Yadav works it to square leg for a single.
END OF OVER 18 | 3 Runs & 2 Wkt | DC 145/9
Mohammad Shami to Mustafizur Rahman, Dropped! Goes short, around off. Mustafizur Rahman looks to upper cut it but ends up slicing it towards fine leg. The fielder there does well to catch it but the ball pops out as his elbow hits the ground. Dot ball.