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DC vs GT: A Last-Ball Thriller in Delhi

Two logos facing each other. Left logo says "Delhi Capitals" in blue, with a tiger mascot. Right logo says "Gujarat Titans" in orange, with a roundel featuring a lion.

The 24th of April 2024 witnessed a nail-biting encounter between the Delhi Capitals (DC) and the Gujarat Titans (GT) at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. This IPL 2024 match kept fans on the edge of their seats until the very last delivery, solidifying its place as one of the most thrilling clashes of the season.

Openers Falter, But Middle-Order Shines

Openers Prithvi Shaw and Jake Fraser-McGurk fell cheaply, putting some pressure on the middle order. However, Axar Patel’s (66) of 43 and Tristan Stub’s (26) of 7 deliveries played crucial knocks to propel the score forward. In the end, DC set a daunting target of 225 runs for Gujarat Titans to chase.

Pant Powers DC to a Commanding Total

Delhi Capitals, captained by Rishabh Pant, won the toss and opted to bat first. Pant led from the front, smashing a brilliant 88 runs off just 51 balls. His knock, laced with 7 fours and 4 sixes, provided the much-needed impetus for the Delhi innings.

Gujarat Titans Fight Back

Gujarat Titans, known for their never-say-die attitude, started their chase positively. Opener Shubman Gill went early but Wriddhiman Saha provided them with a solid foundation. However, the dismissal of both openers triggered a mini-collapse, leaving GT at a precarious 95/2 after the powerplay.

Sai Sudharsan and David Miller Keep GT in the Hunt

The young talent Sai Sudharsan (65) played a mature innings, anchoring the chase. David Miller, known for his explosive batting, joined the party later, scoring a quickfire 55 off just 23 balls. Their partnership rekindled Gujarat’s hopes of a victory.

Mukesh Kumar Holds his Nerve in a Tense Finish

With 19 runs required in the final over, the pendulum swung decisively in Gujarat’s favor. However, young pacer Mukesh Kumar, entrusted with the responsibility by captain Pant, displayed nerves of steel. Despite a last-ditch six from Rashid Khan, Gujarat fell short by a mere 4 runs, handing Delhi Capitals a thrilling victory.

Rishabh Pant’s all-around performance, with a crucial knock and his captaincy decisions proving decisive, saw him being rightfully adjudged the Player of the Match.

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