Gill, Ferguson down Delhi

Shubman Gill and Lockie Ferguson combined to secure a 14-run victory for the Gujurat Titans over the Delhi Capitals in an Indian Premier League clash at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Saturday.

Gill smashed six boundaries and four maximums from 46 deliveries as the Titans posted 171 for six after being sent into bat by Rishabh Pant. Ferguson then claimed 4-28 in reply, helping to restrict the Capitals to 157 for nine.

Gill shared in key partnerships with Varun Shankar (13), Hardik Pandya (31) and David Miller (20 not out) to lift the Titans to a total worth defending. Gill and Shankar added 42 for the second wicket from 36 balls after the early loss of Matthew Wade (1), who edged behind to Pant from the bowling of Mustafizur Rahman (4-0-24-3).

After Shankar was bowled by Kuldeep Yadav (4-0-32-1), Gill and Pandya put the Delhi bowlers to the sword, combining for a third-wicket stand of 65 from 47 balls with Pandya clubbing four boundaries before being caught by Rovman Powell at long on from the bowling of Khaleel Ahmed (4-0-34-2).

Miller, who struck just two boundaries, added 36 off 20 balls with Gill but then Ahmed struck, having Gill caught on the mid-wicket fence by Axar Patel. The Titans then lost their way somewhat as Rahman had Rahul Tewatia (14) and Abhinav Manohar (1) dismissed to stem the tide.

In reply, the Capitals lost three early wickets in the power play, with Prithvi Shaw (10), Tim Seifret (3) and Mandeep Singh (18) all back in the hut with 34 runs on the board, with Ferguson (4-0-28-4) being the main protagonist.

Pant (43) and Lalit Yadav (25) then combined for a good fourth-wicket stand of 61 from 42 balls to bring the chase back on target but then Yadav was run out before Pant holed out to Manohar in the deep off Ferguson.

Pant’s fighting innings lasted 29 deliveries and included seven boundaries while Yadav struck two fours and a six from 22 balls.

Ferguson then had Patel (8) edging behind to Wade before Rashid Khan (4-0-30-1) had Shardul Thakur trapped in front. Mohammed Shami (4-0-30-2) then grabbed two quick wickets, that of Powell (20) and Ahmed (0) to seal the Capitals’ fate.

The Titans have now made it two wins from two with Gary Kirsten at the helm and sit third on the log, behind the Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders on net run-rate while the Capitals sit once place behind the Titans.

Author: Brendon

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