Rahul Tewatia scored a hat-trick of six before Ishant Sharma fired him, sparking wild celebrations (Sportzpics)
Ishant Sharma successfully defended 12 points in the final game, prompting wild celebrations from David Warner, Ricky Ponting and other Delhi Capitals players
Ishant Sharma kept his best form for the Gujarat Titans’ final run as they hoped to chase the Delhi Capitals’ target of 131 points. Needing 12 points to win in the final, Sharma fired dangerman Rahul Tewatia, sparking wild celebrations and he gave up just 6 points, helping DC win the match by 5 points and claim their only third victory in the IPL 2023 season so far. .
It was a stunning encounter between Delhi and Gujarat at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, even the likes of David Warner, DC head coach Ricky Ponting couldn’t hide their emotions after Ishant used all his experience and won a hard-fought victory. for his side.
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Earlier in the match, Mohammed Shami’s sensational 4-wicket spell shook up the visitors’ batting order, Shami gave up just 11 runs although Aman Hakim Khan scored fifty and Axar Patel’s valuable contributions and Ripal Patel helped Delhi put 130 points on the board.
They were also likely to struggle to keep time of Gujarat’s stature silent, that too during the chase, but early wickets from Ishant, Khaleel Ahmed and Anrich Nortje helped put the pressure on the GT batters.
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Skipper Hardik Pandya scored an unbeaten 59 from 53 balls but failed to guide his side to victory after Sharma’s latest exploits. To complicate matters further, Rahul Tewatia had smashed three back-to-back sixes against Nortje just before the end of the final.
The veteran pacer took on Pandya and Tewatia, two set beaters in the final over, he gave up 3 runs on the first two balls before kicking a score ball. On the fourth ball, Sharma fired Rahul forcing a biased shot which sparked wild celebrations from Warner who knew the importance of the wicket.
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After giving up just 3 points on the next two balls, Ricky Ponting was delighted in the dugout as he hugged Sarfaraz Khan and other players after their commendable effort.
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