Shreyas Iyer missed out on his maiden T20 ton by 4 runs    BCCI
Shreyas Iyer missed out on his maiden T20 ton by 4 runs BCCI

In an inconsequential clash of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, Shreyas Iyer s 96 helped Delhi Daredevils (DD) get the better of Gujarat Lions (GL) once again. Both teams are already out of contention for a place in the final four, but Gujarat Lions and Delhi Daredevils played out a thrilling, high-scoring clash at Kanpur s Green Park. Chasing 196 to win, Delhi went past the finish line with Amit Mishra hitting 2 fours in the final over. For Gujarat Lions, Aaron Finch cracked a rapid 69, but his effort went in vain. Let us take a look at the highlights from match 50 of IPL 10. Winning more important than my hundred, says Shreyas Iyer after DD’s win over GL

Ishan Kishan fires again: The left-handed batsman has come of age in IPL 10. He has played significant knocks more often than not, and one of those innings came on Wednesday night. A hard-hitter on the leg-side, Kishan waged a lone battle as the others in Dwayne Smith and Suresh Raina fumbled around him. Kishan cracked 5 fours and 1 six to make 34 off 25, and helped Gujarat Lions get vital runs in the powerplay.

Dinesh Karthik s resistance: Many a time, Karthik has held the innings together for Gujarat Lions, and one of their most trusted batsman was at his best once again. Facing 28 balls, Karthik scored 40 runs with the help of 4 fours and 1 six, adding 92 runs in the process with Finch. Their partnership for the fourth wicket helped Gujarat Lions set a solid foundation for a big total, which they eventually achieved by posting 195 for 5 in 20 overs.

Aaron Finch shines: Finch not only was involved in a strong partnership in the middle overs, but was also vital in taking Gujarat Lions closer to the 200-run mark. He faced 39 balls and hammered 6 fours and 4 sixes to score 69, which was the highest individual contribution. After adding 92 runs with Karthik, Finch went on to add another 32 runs off just 14 balls with Ravindra Jadeja.

Suresh Raina s brilliance: Raina is one of the best fielders, and among the qualities that such men carry is their presence of mind. On the penultimate ball of the second over, as his fielders and bowler Pradeep Sangwan appealed for a leg-before, Raina, fielding at first-slip, was quick to spot that Rishabh Pant had still not gone back in the crease after recovering from playing a stroke which he had missed. Raina collected the ball and threw it onto the wickets, ending Pant s stay in the middle.

Ravindra Jadeja, the boss: Having already scored a vital 13 not out off 7 balls with 2 fours, Jadeja contributed in the field with two direct hits that resulted in the cheap dismissals of Carlos Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels. Jadeja inflicted these wickets in quick succession, which mounted a lot of pressure on Delhi Daredevils.

Shreyas Iyer s fabulous 96: With Sanju Samson and Pant already firing with big scores earlier in the season, Iyer decided it was his turn on Wednesday night. The batsman was belligerent in his innings. To score 96 in a T20 match with just 2 sixes is not everyone s cup of tea, as batsmen generally rely on thick bats to send the ball sailing over ropes for sixes. On his part, Iyer relied on hitting fours he hit 15 of them. Iyer faced a mere 57 balls to score 96, and won the Man of the Match award as well.

Pat Cummins contribution: In what turned out to be the best partnership for Delhi Daredevils, Cummins and Iyer added 61 runs in just 27 balls. A tail-ender generally provides support to the batsman who is trying to bat through, but Cummins took matter in his own hands as well. He smacked 2 fours and 1 six to make 24 off just 13 balls, which was crucial in taking Delhi closer to the finish line.

Amit Mishra the finisher: Needing 15 off the last 12 balls, Delhi looked like cruising past the target. However, Iyer and Cummins were both dismissed, and Delhi were left with 7 to make in 5 balls. Amit Mishra connected the third ball of the last over from Basil Thampi to get a four, and did extremely well to get enough bat on the slow full-toss, which Akshdeep Nath could not prevent from reaching the boundary ropes. Mishra s exploits helped Delhi win with 2 balls to spare.