Pant and Samson bring brutal end to Lions' campaign
Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson produced a brutal display to help Delhi Daredevils mow down a target of 209 and knock Gujarat Lions out of the tournament
11.37pm An epic chase. That word may be thrown around quite a bit, but this was. It is the second-highest successful chase in the IPL. Led by Pant and Samson's sensational stand, Daredevils have kept their playoffs chances alive. Lions chances have been dimmed, if not put out, by this result. They are indeed all but out. Pant gets hugs from most of his team-mates, he produced a display of clean hitting that showed to the world he can hit the ball pretty sweetly. Samson wasn't too far behind. Daredevils have aced such a stiff chase that this will give them so much confidence for the rest of the season. I've not seen such a touch chase, in terms of runs needed, made with so much ease.
Karun Nair: "Amazing performance, one of the best partnerships I've ever seen. You can't have a plan when you're chasing that much, just have to go from ball 1. We spoke about playing with freedom and not worrying about the fear of failure. The fear of getting out goes out the way, you then just watch and hit the ball."
Rishabh Pant: "We always thought if we get a bad ball, we'll utilise it. If we get three good balls, we'll go for sixes."
Suresh Raina, who hasn't made the knockouts for the first time in his IPL career: "Pant day, he batted very well. Important to bowl dot balls, we tried everything, slower balls, the ball was reversing but that time, the game was over., 206 was dependable. We didn't bowl really well. We don't have that experience with the old ball. Tye has done well, Bravo isn't there. They're the future of the Indian team. We were 20-runs short."
Faulkner. Daredevils need 4 off three overs. The most one-sided T20 chase I've ever seen.
Raj: "Between 3rd and 14th overs there was 16 sixes in 12 overs by 2 batsmen. Could be IPL record?"
NmN: "Someone said earlier Delhi needs 5 30s and one 50 from their top 6. DDs reply- Duh, who needs top 6."
Sangwan to finish