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IPL 2016: Gujarat Lions beat Delhi Daredevils by 1 run

Updated: 27 April 2016 23:59 IST - Published: 27 April 2016 01:45 IST
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Today's game was an absolute cracker. Do join us tomorrow as the Mumbai Indians take on the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede tomorrow.
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MOTM Morris said, "Very very happy I could contribute today. Quite upsetting that we didn't win. I was quite lucky when I found the middle of the bat today. Put in a lot of practice over the past few months on my batting. When it's in your zone, you have to go especially when you are chasing 12 runs an over. At the end of the day, someone has got to lose. This will be up there with my best performances ever."
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The man of the match is Chris Morris.
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Winning captain Suresh Raina said, "I think Morris batted really well, when he was batting I thought the game was over. Credit to the bowlers, PK and DK. When your best fielders make mistakes, it does put pressure. There was dew and that's one of the reasons I didn't bowl Tambe. Smith had bowled a good over previously, so I took a chance on him. Credit goes to Heath Streak, who has been advising the bowlers."
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Incredible game of T20 cricket. Gujarat Lions with that win, climb to the top of the leaderboard. Hundreds of times you hear people say, each run matters and today, that saying was proved true as the Lions snuck home by 1 solitary run. Morris was a hero with both the bat and the ball. Delhi should take heart with their performance today. Raina should be glad he has batsmen like Smith and McCullum at the top and bowlers like Praveen Kumar and Bravo at the death. He needed all the experience and skill in the team today to get the win.
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Zaheer Khan: "Was a great game, there were lots of positives for us. To pull it back after McCullum and Dwayne Smith went berserk was special. Great spirit shown by the boys to pull it back with both bat and ball. It was anyone's game. The way Morris was batting, we thought he will finish it. JP batted brilliantly. Despite the slow start, we came so close. That's what is special about this team. We created opportunities on the field, certain things didn't go our way. Morris bowling that one over turned the game around on the field, and with the bat, the big partnership brought us back. There's still a long way to go, and we have keep our spirits high."
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Bravo might have bowled the last over but it was Praveen Kumar who conceded 4 runs in the 19th over, and set it up for Bravo. Morris cannot drag the team across. What an innings there by Morris. What an humdinger, what a finish and what a match!
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19.6 Bravo to Morris, 2 runs, yorker, drilled to deep midwicket. Delhi lose by 1 run. 1. Brilliant bowling by Bravo, held his nerve and nailed in the full balls when it mattered the most.
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19.5 Bravo to Morris, 2 runs, full and straight, drilled to long on. Jadeja once again, throws it back to Karthik and DK cannot collect it clean. 4 needed off the last ball. Morris had given up.
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19.4 Bravo to Morris, 2 runs, low full toss, drilled to long on. Well Gujarat leaving no stone unturned to loose this match. What was Jadeja thinking, taking his own sweet time to throw the ball.
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19.3 Bravo to Negi, 1 run, yorker on the toes, played on the leg side. 8 off 3. Morris back on strike. So far so good from the DJ. Can he hold his nerve till the end?
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19.2 Bravo to Morris, 1 run, length and on the pads, pulled away towards deep backward square. Morris is off strike.
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19.1 Bravo to Morris, FOUR! Full delivery, straight, plays it inside out towards covers, straight at Faulkner, the ball goes right through his hands for a boundary! Pressure does funny things, the crowd is ecstatic.
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This has been a box-office over from Praveen Kumar. He can hold his head high. Now Morris is back on strike with 14 needed.
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18.6 Praveen to Morris, 1 run, yorker, played to long on to retain strike. 14 in the last over. We are in for a special finish. Bravo v Morris. West Indies v South Africa. Let's go.
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18.5 Praveen to Negi, 1 run, Negi makes room but Praveen follows him with the yorker, gets it down the ground for a single. This is terrific bowling from Praveen, he has kept Gujarat in the hunt.
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18.4 Praveen to Morris, 1 run, half volley, lifted towards long on, lands in front of Baz. Morris had to change his bat, some timing went away with that old blade.
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18.3 Praveen to Morris, no run, perfect yorker, only manages to dig it out Morris. Well there is no substitute for experience and Praveen nails that yorker.
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Morris back on strike!
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18.2 Praveen to Negi, 1 run, looking for the yorker, Negi manages to drill it down the ground to give the strike back to Morris.
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18.1 Praveen to Negi, no run, full and outside off, absolutely smashed by Negi to Raina at short extra cover. A inch either side and that would have been a boundary. Smoked the first delivery!
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Praveen Kumar to bowl!
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18 needed off 2 overs. Who would have though this after 10 overs?
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17.6 Bravo to Morris, no run, yorker, outside off stump, Morris can't get any contact on the ball.
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17.5 Bravo to Morris, FOUR! Elegance. Length and angling away. Morris says I'm going to play this down the ground. In between all that power, this is finesse and placement and that outfield is rapid. Splits Raina at cover and Jaddu at extra cover, beats them both at a running race. Not everyday you will see that.
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17.4 Bravo to Morris, no run, yorker, nothing anyone can do about that, dug out by Morris.
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17.3 Bravo to Morris, 2 runs, full delivery, fast, drilled wide off long where Baz runs and fields but can't prevent a brace.
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17.3 Bravo to Morris, 1 WIDE, down the leg side. Even the 'Champion' feels the heat.
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17.2 Bravo to Morris, FOUR! Slower ball, straight, a floater outside off, Morris sizes up the fielder at mid off and beats him for the boundary. Wickets no wickets, Morris does not care, it is a bad ball one had to say with mid-off up.
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A combined price tag of 15.5 crore at the crease now. Negi joins Morris.
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17.1 Bravo to Duminy, OUT! Slower delivery, straight, Duminy dances down the track and tries to pull it, collects the top edge and Bravo collects off his own bowling. Duminy goes for 48. That short slow ball was not picked up by Duminy, Gujarat back in it now. What a humdinger this game is proving to be. Game changer?
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Morris is so composed, he has not broken a sweat, after the bowling effort he has turned the match on his head. The price tag looks so justified. Is he a bargain buy some might say?
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16.6 Smith to Duminy, 1 run, full and straight, wristy work from Duminy as he plays it towards midwicket to retain strike.
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16.5 Smith to Morris, 1 run, low full toss, played towards long on for a... single. What only a single, sour and very dour!
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16.4 Smith to Morris, SIX! Mighty. Short. Straight. Stand and deliver from Morris for his 8th six of this innings over deep midwicket. And now he pulls is length back and Morris now waits for it, pre-empts the ball and then deposits the ball over deep mid-wicket. This over has gone south for Raina.
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16.3 Smith to Morris, SIX! Length and outside off, no a half-volley, he waits and smashes this straight, dead straight, over the sight screen to bring up his 50. Brute power. A half century in 17 balls that includes 7 sixes. Fastest fifty this season. Who is surprised.
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16.2 Smith to Morris, SIX! Low full toss, Morris completely plays through that delivery, clean hitting, 82 metres over deep midwicket. This is clean hitting and Morris is so calm, like an ice in the searing heat of Delhi. Another maximum.
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Tambe jumped on the ball, and he has something to his fingers. Top effort but he is in some pain. He is going off the field.
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16.1 Smith to Duminy, 1 run, full and straight, gets an inside edge and races away, Tambe puts in the dive at short fine leg to save a boundary. Gets injured in the process. That could be a game saving dive!
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Dwayne Smith now!
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And that ball has ruined a great over. Morris has played a sensational cameo. Has taken all the pressure off Duminy, who will now explode anytime.
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15.6 Kulkarni to Morris, FOUR! Full toss outside off, Morris is seeing the ball like a football now, smashes it to the point boundary. Very bad ball to finish what was turning out to be a great over. Morris riding the momentum.
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15.5 Kulkarni to Duminy, 1 run, full and outside off, Duminy goes looking for the boundary but finds Bravo at deep point.
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15.4 Kulkarni to Morris, 1 run, short and slower, down the track and smashed back towards long on. Kulkarni pulled his length back as he saw Morris coming down.
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15.3 Kulkarni to Duminy, 1 run, short of a length and pulled away to Jaddu at deep midwicket. Good over so far for Gujarat.
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15.2 Kulkarni to Duminy, no run, shades of Bravo here with a great off cutter, Duminy tries to guide it towards midwicket, misses. Kulkarni has been the man today, he has started well again.
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15.1 Kulkarni to Duminy, no run, back of a length and outside off, cut away straight to Bravo at backward point. A yard here and there and there was another boundary. Chance.
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Dhawal Kulkarni back in! The ball is being changed, more to do with the dew!
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17 runs from this over, Delhi will now believe again. They have Negi in the dugout. Morris justifying the price tag.
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14.6 Tambe to Morris, 2 runs, short and wide, cut away in front square, Jaddu fields at the deep.