In the IPL 2023 encounter between Gujarat Titans and Delhi Capitals, veteran pacer Ishant Sharma excelled, picking up two wickets while only allowing 23 runs to be scored in his four overs. Notably, the home team had the advantage with 12 runs remaining in the game because Rahul Tewatia hit three consecutive sixes in the penultimate over to tie the score and GT captain Hardik Pandya appeared to be in excellent form.
At the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, the visiting team pulled off a heist, but Sharma only allowed six runs in his final over. The David Warner-led team was under extreme strain as they were 23/5 after five overs. Axar Patel (27) and Aman Khan (51) helped them post a target of 131 runs, which GT ultimately couldn’t reach. On this particular night, DC’s bowlers performed flawlessly as they were able to secure their third victory of the year.
“It’s fantastic to watch Ishant, who keeps getting younger, coming out, and delivering. Credit to him for how well he managed to control his jitters towards the conclusion. When Tewatia went off there, I was alarmed. He is well known for hitting the ball cleanly and consistently in the back end. Anrich has been by far our best death bowler in the end. I handed him the ball. Ishant was able to execute his plan with such clarity, according to Warner at the post-game presentation.
We disappointed Shami since the batters, including me, did not complete the game: Hardik
The match got off to a wonderful start for GT thanks to the ace bowler Mohammed Shami, who caused havoc with the ball by taking four wickets in the powerplay. Despite reaching 50 runs with the bat and remaining undefeated, Pandya’s team was unable to cross the finish line, and in the end, he accepted full responsibility.
“Full credit to him (Shami) for bowling four consecutive strikes to keep us in the game. As I have stated, the batters, myself in particular, did not complete, and we let him down. There are still more games to play. We’ll use all we learned from this game to make minor corrections and then move on, said Pandya.
Even though DC now has six points after the victory, they are still at the bottom of the IPL Points Table, with Gujarat continuing to be in first place.