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Pant, Samson fire as Delhi Daredevils chase 209 comfortably

Kagiso Rabada was impressive with the ball
Kagiso Rabada was impressive with the ball

Delhi Daredevils 214-3 (Pant 97) beat
Gujarat Lions 208-7 (Raina 77) by seven wickets
42nd match, Indian Premier League, Delhi

Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson scored blistering knocks of 97 and 61 respectively as Delhi Daredevils chased down 209 runs against Gujarat Lions in 17.3 overs with seven wickets in hand in the 42nd match of Indian Premier League at Feroz Shah Kotla.

Delhi won the toss and decided to field first. Dwayne Smith (9) started the innings with a couple of boundaries. Kagiso Rabada (2-28) in his first delivery had Brendon McCullum (1) caught behind and in the next ball Smith was run out while Suresh Raina (77) was dropped in the slips.

Raina punished the Delhi bowlers when he struck two sixes and three boundaries to take Gujarat Lions to 58 for two in the powerplay.

Raina was dropped for the second time in the game, this time Marlon Samuels (0-22) spilling the chance but Dinesh Karthik (65) took the attack to the opposition bowlers with fluent stroke making.

Raina reached his fifty off 32 deliveries. The Gujarat captain smashed two sixes in the 11th over while Karthik slammed two more sixes in the next over to bring the 100 run stand with Raina.

The 133-run stand ended with the run out dismissal of Raina and soon Karthik followed the suit after bringing his own half century. A seven ball cameo from Ravindra Jadeja (18 not out) helped Gujarat Lions post 208 for seven in the 20 overs.

In the chase, Karun Nair (12) fell early but Samson (61) and Pant (97) smashed five sixes between them to take Delhi to 63 for one in the powerplay. As the boundaries kept flowing, Pant was the first to reach to his fifty off 27 deliveries.

Between overs nine and 12, the duo smashed eight sixes between them to bring down the required run rate to seven. In the process, Samson also completed a fine fifty. Samson was finally dismissed in the 14th over and few deliveries later Pant fell short of a deserving century by three runs but Delhi managed to achieve the target in 17.3 overs with seven wickets in hand.

Pant was awarded the player of the match as Delhi continue their hunt for a play-off spot.

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