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IPL PHOTOS: Pant, Samson heroics help Delhi to 7-wkt win over Gujarat

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Last updated on: May 05, 2017 00:47 IST
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Delhi Daredevils' Rishabh Pant en route his brilliant 97  

IMAGE: Delhi Daredevils' Rishabh Pant en route his brilliant 97 against Gujarat Lions on Thursday. Photograph: BCCI

Riding on Rishabh Pant's 43-ball 97, Delhi Daredevils outplayed Gujarat Lions to script a seven-wicket win during their Indian Premier League match, in New Delhi on Thursday.

Chasing 209 for victory, Pant and Sanju Samson (61 off 31) joined forces to help Delhi go past the massive target.

The 19-year-old Pant butchered the Lions bowling attack with some power hitting, blasting six fours and nine sixes in his match-winning innings.

Rishabh Pant celebrates his fifty with Sanju Samson

IMAGE: Rishabh Pant celebrates his fifty with Sanju Samson. Photograph: BCCI

The wicket-keeper batsman from Uttarakhand forged a 143- run partnership off 63 balls for the second wicket with Sanju Samson (61 off 31 balls) to take Daredevils on the threshold of victory.

After the duo departed, Shreyas Iyer (14) and Corey Anderson (18) took Delhi home with 15 balls to spare to ignite hopes of grabbing a berth at the IPL play-off.

Delhi are now placed at the sixth place in points table with eight points, while Gujarat are out of reckoning after suffering another defeat. They are now at the seventh spot with six points with three more matches to go in their IPL campaign. 

Delhi have kept their Indian Premier League play-off hopes alive with this win.

Gujarat Lions' Suresh Raina bats during his innings against Delhi Daredevils on Thursday

IMAGE: Gujarat Lions' Suresh Raina bats during his innings against Delhi Daredevils on Thursday. Photograph: BCCI

Earlier, skipper Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik struck fluent half-centuries to guide Gujarat Lions to a challenging 208 for seven against Delhi Daredevils.

Coming in to bat no. 3, Raina played fluently to score 77 runs off just 43 balls with the help of five boundaries and four sixes and together with Dinesh Karthik (65 off 34) added 133 runs off just 72 balls for the third wicket to set the foundation for a big score.

Sent into bat, Gujarat didn't have the best of the starts as they lost two wickets in quick succession.

Brendon McCullum (1) was the first to depart caught by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant in the last delivery of the second over and then Dwayne Smith (9) was run out in the very next delivery of the same over.

Mohammed Shami is a picture of frustration as Dinesh Karthik and Suresh Raina run between the wickets

IMAGE: Mohammed Shami is a picture of frustration as Dinesh Karthik and Suresh Raina run between the wickets. Photograph: BCCI

Thereafter skipper Raina and Karthink joined hands and the duo mixed caution with aggression to take Gujarat forward.

The duo rode on their luck, especially Raina, as they brought up 100-run partnership off just 60 balls.

Raina was lucky to have survived in the seventh over when he was dropped by Marlon Samuels off the bowling off Mohammed Shami.

But Karthik was at his attacking best as he smashed Amit Mishra for a six and a four. He was severe on left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem as he smacked the bowler for two sixes and one four to pick up 18 runs off the 12th over.

Corey Anderson takes a stupendous catch to dismiss Dinesh Karthik

IMAGE: Corey Anderson takes a stupendous catch to dismiss Dinesh Karthik. Photograph: BCCI

But an over later, an in-form Raina departed as he fell prey to an unnecessary mix-up.

Gujarat were dealt a double blow in the next over as, Karthik too perished, caught by Corey Anderson off the bowling of Pat Cummins in the first delivery of the very next over.

But some big hitting from Ravindra Jadeja (18) took Gujarat past 200-run mark.

Jadeja launched his attack on Anderson as he smacked the bowler for two consecutive sixes in the final two deliveries of the last over to take Gujarat past the 200-run target.

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