IPL 2017 42nd Match: Pant stars as Daredevils triumph in high-scoring affair

Pant scored his third IPL fifty

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Rishabh Pant struck a spectacular 97 to lead the Delhi Daredevils to a convincing seven-wicket win over the Gujarat Lions.

With the Daredevils acing their chase of 209 runs, they made history as it was the second-highest target ever chased down in Indian Premier League (IPL) history.

Choosing to bowl first, Kagiso Rabada struck twice in two balls in the second over as he took out Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith for one and nine runs respectively.

Rabada could have taken a third wicket in the over, but Shreyas Iyer dropped a catch at slip that would have seen Lions captain Suresh Raina depart for two runs. Raina was given another life on 40 when Marlon Samuels failed to hold on to a catch at midwicket.

Those two drops proved costly as Raina and Dinesh Karthik amassed a 133-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries.

With the Lions having clawed their way back into the match and put themselves in an excellent position, the Daredevils were in desperate need for a wicket.

However, they had to wait until the 14th over to get it when Rabada ran Raina out for 77, which came off 43 balls and included five boundaries and four sixes.

Raina’s 31st IPL fifty went in vain

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Karthik went on to make 65 off 34 deliveries, which included five boundaries and five sixes before he was removed by Pat Cummins.

Karthik made a gutsy 65

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With Aaron Finch and Ravindra Jadeja adding 27 and 18 not out respectively, the Lions finished on 208/7 off their 20 overs.

Rabada and Cummins picked up two wickets apiece, while Corey Anderson chipped in with one.

Chasing 209 to win, the Daredevils lost stand-in captain Karun Nair early on as he was caught behind off the bowling of Pradeep Sangwan for 12.

Pant and Samson made up for the loss of Nair with a 143-run partnership, which came off just 10.3 overs and saw both batsmen bring up their fifties.

Samson eventually fell for 61, which came off 31 balls and included seven sixes, when he was caught by James Faulkner off the bowling of Jadeja.

Samson made his seventh IPL fifty

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Pant, meanwhile, was on track to score his maiden IPL hundred, but he fell three runs short of the milestone as he was caught behind off the bowling of Basil Thampi for 97, which came off 43 deliveries and included six boundaries and nine sixes.

Despite having lost Samson and Pant, Anderson and Iyer mopped up the remaining runs to lead the Daredevils to victory with 15 balls to spare.

Sangwan, Thampi and Jadeja claimed one wicket each.

Pant was named Man of the Match.

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