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Delhi Daredevils seal thrilling two-wicket win riding on Shreyas Iyer's 96

Aaron Finch's 39-ball 69 went in vain for Lions
Aaron Finch's 39-ball 69 went in vain for Lions

Delhi Daredevils 197-8 (Iyer 96) beat
Gujarat Lions 195-5 (Finch 69) by two wickets
50th match, Indian Premier League, Kanpur

Shreyas Iyer scored a blistering 57-ball 96 as Delhi Daredevils chased down 196 runs against Gujarat Lions in 19.4 overs with two wickets in hand in the 50th match of Indian Premier League in Kanpur.

Delhi won the toss and decided to field first. After the first three overs yielded just 21 runs, Dwayne Smith (8) was run out in the fourth over following which Ishan Kishan (34) struck a six and two more boundaries.

After Pat Cummins (1-38) castled Suresh Raina (6), Gujarat Lions ended the powerplay at 50 for two. Kishan's 25-ball knock ended in the seventh over when he chipped a catch to fine leg to give Amit Mishra (1-27) a wicket.

Aaron Finch (69) started his innings with a couple of sixes to take Gujarat Lions to 91 for three at halfway mark. The Australian swashbuckling batsman added 92 runs for the fourth wicket with Dinesh Karthik (40).

Carlos Brathwaite (1-38) provided the breakthrough when he dismissed Karthik in the 17th over and Finch completed a 32 ball fifty with a six. Cameos from Ravindra Jadeja (13 not out) and James Faulkner (14 not out) helped Gujarat Lions post 195 for five in the 20 overs.

In the chase, Delhi lost both Sanju Samson (10) and Rishabh Pant (4) in the second over with the latter being a victim of run out.

Karun Nair (30) and Iyer (96) shared nine boundaries and a six between them in the powerplay to take them to 64 for two. Just when the duo kept Delhi Daredevils in contention to reach the target, Faulkner (2-39) brought an end to the 15-ball knock of Nair, who chipped one to the covers.

Jadeja (0-31) produced brilliance in the field as he had Marlon Samuels (1) and Corey Anderson (6) run out in successive overs. A 13-ball knock from Cummins (24) along with regular boundaries from Iyer (96) kept Delhi in race for the chase.

Delhi looked fairly comfortable as they needed 15 runs off the final two overs with four wickets in hand. Cummins was dismissed in the second ball of the over but a boundary from Mohammad Shami (4) meant Delhi needed nine more runs to win off the final over.

Despite losing Iyer, Mishra (8 not out) struck two fours in his first two deliveries to complete the chase for Delhi in 19.4 overs with two wickets in hand. Iyer was awarded the player of the match but both the teams have already failed to reach the play off stage.

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