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23rd match (N), Delhi, Apr 27 2016, Indian Premier League
(20 ov, target 173)171/5
Guj Lions won by 1 run
Player Of The Match
82* (32) & 2/35
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• The Report by Alagappan Muthu

Gujarat Lions survive Morris 82* in manic game

Chris Morris hammered 82 not out off a mere 32 balls - the third fastest fifty in IPL - but he and Delh Daredevils fell short by one run

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Scores: Sanjay Murari
Comms: Shashank Kishore
Scorecard summary
Gujarat Lions172/6(20 overs)
Delhi Daredevils171/5(20 overs)
end of over 2012 runs
DC: 171/5CRR: 8.55 
Chris Morris82 (32)
Pawan Negi3 (4)
Dwayne Bravo 4-0-40-1
Praveen Kumar 4-0-13-0

Time to rest my fingers, but what an incredible evening. Thanks for the company, folks. As always, you were all fantastic. I'll see you very soon. Cheers! May the thrillers continue.

Praveen Kumar: I knew the only thing that would help me in the final overs were the yorkers. Some of the boys came up to me and asked me to try the slower ball, but I thought there were chances that it could have been swung over the ropes. Those balls are 50-50 in such stages. They had a left-right combination, so the plan was to tuck Negi up and not give him any width. I didn't mind giving singles, but I didn't want to give away full tosses. The ball generally stops on the batsmen here, so upfront we had to hit our lengths early. That's what we did.

After that thrilling win, Gujarat Lions are top of the points table

Chris Morris is the Player of the Match for his 82 off 32 balls and 2-35 . "Upset we couldn't get there, but happy that I could contribute. I was quite lucky, it was one of those nights where I timed and it flew off the middle of the bat. It's been a lot of practice on my batting over the last couple of months. I asked Rahul when I came in, he said just have a go. You want to be winning tight games like that, unfortunately we were on he wrong side tonight. This was definitely one of the best T20 games I've been involved in.

Suresh Raina: I think Morris batted well. When he was batting, I thought we'd lose this game from the 15th over. PK bowled superbly, and then Bravo was outstanding. We were under pressure with the dew, but credit goes to Faulkner for giving us the breakthrough of Rishabh Pant. Tambe, I thought could have bowled two, but Morris hit in him in his first. Then I went to Smith, who was also hit. PK has been executing the yorkers well, Dhawal was equally good. Credit goes to Heath Streak for working hard with the bowlers.

Sriman Emany: "I think Overs 8, 9 and 10 when Raina and Smith bowled in tandem brought DD back into the game.. DD were all down and out, and instead of going for the kill with their regular bowlers (which GL had in plenty), then went for the part time bowlers allowing DD to batsmen to settle down.."

rohan: "that hug between morris and bravo is the best pic from today's match"

Qursheed: "If Kohli can get a MOM for his hundred on a losing cause. Morris should be given the MOM for his superb bowling and batting... "

Zaheer Khan: Great game, we can take a lot of positives.To pull it back after McCullum and Dwayne Smith went berserk was special. Great spirit shown by the boys to pull it back with both bat and ball. It was anyone's game. The way Morris was batting, we thought he will finish it. JP batted brilliantly. Despite the slow start, we came so close. That's what is special about this team. We created opportunities on the field, certain things didn't go our way. Morris bowling that one over turned the game around on the field, and with the bat, the big partnership brought us back. There are lots of positives. There's still a long way to go. We need to keep the morale high.

Rushabh: "My MOM is PK. Brilliant spell of bowling. 4-0-13-0 (mainly just for how he bowled the penultimate over)"

hippu: "Had this been chased - it would have been among the best all time chases of in T20"

11:40pm At the end of the 18th over, Daredevils needed just 18. But Suresh Raina found his heroes in Praveen Kumar and Dwayne Bravo, who executed their yorkers to perfection to steal a thriller. Chris Morris looks crest-fallen, but he's given it his all. That Daredevils were in despite a top order implosion was courtesy the Morris-Duminy stand of 87, that brought the chase into the realms of possibility. What a cliff-hanger we've had. Great to see the camaraderie between both sides. No angry gestures or celebrations from the Lions. Pure grace as Raina goes up and pats Morris for that knock. His team follows suit. The Daredevils squad has a look of disbelief, but deep down they will know it was a terrific effort to get this far.

19.6
2
Bravo to Morris, 2 runs

this is full and straight into the blockhole on middle, Morris swings but can only get it as far as Jadeja, who hares in from long-on. They scoot back for the second, but it won't be enough. Phew, what a pulsating finish. Spare a thought for Chris Morris

Four off the last ball

19.5
2
Bravo to Morris, 2 runs

can't get underneath the yorker, hit towards long-on. Jadeja this time attacks Morris's end, but he had given up. They had to go back for the second, the throw was full and just landed in front of Karthik, who failed to collect it cleanly. Morris had given up. Two run-out chances missed

19.4
2
Bravo to Morris, 2 runs

low full toss on middle and leg, swung down to long-on, pandemonium! This wasn't meant to be more than a single, but Jadeja fired a casual throw to the keeper's end when he should have hurled it to Bravo at the non-striker's end. Both batsmen were alert to the possibility and squeezed through

19.3
1
Bravo to Negi, 1 run

into the blockhole on leg stump, squeezed towards the man running in from deep midwicket

Morris walks up to have a chat with Negi. Raina is busy changing his field. Long-on, long-off, deep cover, deep midwicket and third man in place

19.2
1
Bravo to Morris, 1 run

swung across the line to deep backward square leg

19.1
4
Bravo to Morris, FOUR runs

backs away and carves it to Faulkner who makes a mess of it at point. The ball bursts through his hands and races away into the point boundary. He was off balance as he put his hands out to catch that

Morris on strike. Bravo to bowl the last over

end of over 194 runs
DC: 159/5CRR: 8.36 RRR: 14.00
Chris Morris71 (27)
Pawan Negi2 (3)
Praveen Kumar 4-0-13-0
Dwayne Bravo 3-0-28-1
18.6
1
Praveen to Morris, 1 run

struck hard, but straight to long-on. Raina couldn't have asked for a better penultimate over.

18.5
1
Praveen to Negi, 1 run

backs away to go over cover, PK follows him and bowls a yorker right into his toes, squeezed back down the pitch for a single. Negi made a mistake by giving a hit to the bowler too soon

18.4
1
Praveen to Morris, 1 run

lofted into the wide long-on region, top work in the deep to keep it down to a single

18.3
Praveen to Morris, no run

excellent yorker on middle from round the stumps, Morris looks to go over long-on, toe-ends it back to the bowler, applause from Raina

18.2
1
Praveen to Negi, 1 run

full and angling in, hit flat towards long-off

18.1
Praveen to Negi, no run

drilled to Raina at extra cover, top save

Praveen Kumar is back

end of over 1811 runs • 1 wicket
DC: 155/5CRR: 8.61 RRR: 9.00
Chris Morris69 (24)
Pawan Negi0 (0)
Dwayne Bravo 3-0-28-1
Dwayne Smith 2-0-26-0
17.6
Bravo to Morris, no run

yorker outside off, can't get any bat on it

17.5
4
Bravo to Morris, FOUR runs

punched, and punched well. There was cover, and a very wide mid-off, and Morris managed to find the gap. Who said his game is all about muscle? This one was pure timing. Even Raina's back flick couldn't prevent the boundary

17.4
Bravo to Morris, no run

excellent yorker, Morris jams his bat down in time to keep that out

The net worth of these two batsmen is more than..............wait, let me not even try. Forget it

17.3
2
Bravo to Morris, 2 runs

too full on middle and leg, flicked into the gap at wide long-on

17.3
1w
Bravo to Morris, 1 wide

slower one gone wrong, spins down leg, DK does well to collect it on the bounce

17.2
4
Bravo to Morris, FOUR runs

slower ball, and smashed back past the bowler. Mid-off was inside the ring for this over, and he hits it there. Calculative batting this, mighty effective. Clean strikes too!

Negi at the non-striker's end. Nothing wrong with his strike rate. It's at 130. All he needs to do today is just give Morris the strike as long as he's there. There's a man at deep midwicket and long on

17.1
W
Bravo to Duminy, OUT

is that the gamechanger? More importantly from Daredevils' point of view, Morris is back on strike. Back to the delivery, this was a slow off cutter which he landed at length on middle, JP looked to swing over midwicket, but the bat face turned in his hand to skew the ball up in the air, Bravo running backwards called loud and clear, and judged it to perfection. Is there a twist?

Jean-Paul Duminy c & b Bravo 48 (67m 43b 3x4 1x6) SR: 111.62
end of over 1721 runs
DC: 144/4CRR: 8.47 RRR: 9.66
Jean-Paul Duminy48 (42)
Chris Morris59 (19)
Dwayne Smith 2-0-26-0
Dhawal Kulkarni 4-1-19-3
16.6
1
Smith to Duminy, 1 run

flicked towards deep midwicket

Best performances - batters
Chris Morris portrait
CH Morris DC
82 runs (32)
4 fours
8 sixes
Control88%
Productive shot
flick
17 runs
0 four
2 sixes
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Brendon McCullum portrait
BB McCullum GL
60 runs (36)
6 fours
3 sixes
Control72%
Productive shot
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16 runs
2 fours
1 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Dhawal Kulkarni portrait
DS Kulkarni GL
O
4
M
1
R
19
W
3
ECO
4.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
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Imran Tahir DC
O
4
M
0
R
24
W
3
ECO
6
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
TossDelhi Daredevils, elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League
Season2016
Player Of The Match
Chris Morris
Chris Morris
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50- 23.20
Match days27 April 2016 - night (20-over match)
T20 debut
Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant
Umpires
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Marais Erasmus
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Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpire
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Anil Chaudhary
Reserve Umpire
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Abhijit Deshmukh
Match Referee
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Javagal Srinath
PointsGujarat Lions 2, Delhi Daredevils 0
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