This was our 10th win in 11 matches batting second, maintaining our terrific record in run chases.
Another day, another run chase, another success!
Gujarat Titans picked up their second win of TATA IPL 2023 in a hard-fought match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. A few hurdles came our way, but the spirit of our Titans overshadowed the challenges and helped us triumph yet again. This was our fourth successive win in TATA IPL and the 10th win in 11 matches batting second.
Earlier in the match, skipper Hardik Pandya won the toss and elected to field first. David Warner got going with a few boundaries, but Mohammad Shami derailed the Capitals’ momentum with two quick wickets. After forcing a false shot off Prithvi Shaw, Shami dismissed Mitchell Marsh in his next over.
Warner continued to keep the scoring rate on the higher side for Delhi, but shortly after the powerplay, Alzarri Joseph turned the tide in Titans’ favour. The Caribbean pacer turned it on - dismantling Warner’s stumps to begin with, and then sending Rilee Rossouw back for a duck. He came close on two more occasions in the same over, forcing the Capitals on the backfoot.
All of this was before our talismanic leggie had entered the fray. Rashid Khan, who came onto bowl for the first time in the 13th over, lit up the stage with a wicket off his second delivery. He went on to dismiss Sarfaraz Khan and Aman Khan, finishing with figures of three for 31. Shami picked up his third wicket in the final over as well, restricting Delhi Capitals to 162 for eight in 20 overs.
After the break, Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill got off to a positive start, but they departed in quick succession. Hardik Pandya was dismissed early on as well, but once again, our Impact Player of the day made a crucial contribution.
Vijay Shankar walked in to replace Joshua Little, to accompany our Impact Player from the last match, Sai Sudharsan. The duo batted with patience, mixed caution with aggression, and kept the scorecard ticking at a promising rate. They added 53 runs for the third wicket, with Shankar scoring a crucial 29 off 23.
Just as the required rate started ringing alarm bells, David Miller walked in to bat. The South African, who was playing his first match of the season, nonchalantly smashed two sixes and a four off Mukesh Kumar. Titans accumulated 20 runs off the 16th over and the finishing touch was a mere formality.
Sudharsan took care of that, completing his second TATA IPL half-century with a terrific upper cut for a boundary. The southpaws added 56 runs in 29 balls, helping Titans complete yet another run chase in the tournament.
Delhi Capitals 162/8 in 20 overs (David Warner 37, Rashid Khan 3/31, Mohammad Shami 3/41) lost to Gujarat Titans 163/4 in 18.1 overs (Sai Sudharsan 62*, David Miller 31*)
Player of the match: Sai Sudharsan