Raina and Karthik added 133 and gave GL momentum.

Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik of Gujarat Lions during an IPL 2017  (Photo: IANS)

DD hosted GL in their pursuit of a spot in the final four and Karun Nair put GL into bat on Kotla wicket.

They got 2 early wickets of both openers, but then Raina and Karthik added 133 majestic runs in just 12 overs. Raina got run out for 77 and Karthik got out for 65. After their wickets, GL innings fell apart and only Finch and Jadeja took GL past the 200 mark.

All the DD bowlers went for runs, except Rabada who picked 2/28 in his four overs.

DD had a tough task ahead of them and captain Nair got out for just 12. It was like a license to go all attack modes as Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson went all angry Hulk on GL bowlers. Samson hit 61 off 31 balls with 7 sixes and Pant made a scintillating 97 off 42 balls. The duo added 143 runs in around 10 overs or so. Pant hit 9 sixes and 6 fours in his innings.

GL bowlers and captain had no idea what to do. Each and every bowler went for runs while 3 of them took wickets. Delhi only has to work on their fielding as they dropped too many catches and misfields happened frequently.

From now on DD have to win

Man of match: Rishabh Pant (DD)

Brief Scores:

GL 208/7 (S Raina 77; K Rabada 2/28) lost to DD 214/3 (R Pant 97; R Jadeja 1/28 ) by 7 wickets 

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