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IPL 2023, GT vs DC: Aman, Ishant help Delhi stun Gujarat at home; Gujarat still at top

IPL 2023, Gujarat Titans (GT) vs Delhi Capitals (DC): Aman Hakim Khan's 51, Mohammed Shami's 4-11 and Ishant Sharma's 2-23 are top performances. Delhi Capitals beat Gujarat Titans at home. Gujarat remain at top of the table with 6 wins from 9 games.

IPL 2023, GT vs DC, Top Performances_ Ishant Sharma saved 12 runs in last over against Gujarat Titans; DC beat GT _ Walking wicket (Images_ ©IPL_Twitter)
Ishant saved 12 runs in last over against Gujarat (Images: ©IPL/Twitter)

Brief Scores: DC 130-8 (Aman Hakim 51, Axar 27; Shami 4-11) best GT 125-6 (Pandya 59, Manohar 26; Ishant 2-23) for 5 runs.

Player Of The Match: Mohammed Shami (4-11)

Delhi Capitals Captain, David Warner won the toss on this dry wicket of Ahmedabad and elected to bat first against Gujarat Titans. While Hardik Pandya went ahead with the same eleven, DC made two changes, Rilee Rossouw was back in place of a sick Mitchell Marsh and Khaleel Ahmad made his way back after injury.

Delhi’s Strategic Bowling Leads To Victory Against Gujarat

Gujarat had the best of starts to the innings as Mohammad Shami dismissed Phil Salt for a golden duck, Shami bowled four overs on the trot, picking four wickets and all the DC batters danced to his tunes. DC looked like they had thrown the white town at the seven-over mark with just 32 runs on the board with five wickets down. Axar Patel and Aman Hakim put on a brilliant 50 runs partnership from there on and took DC to 73-6 after 14 overs. It was then the youngsters show as Aman and Ripal Patel showed the world why they are rated so highly in domestic critical with a match-saving 53 runs partnership to anchor DC to 130-8.

DC needed an absolute miracle if they wanted to steal this match, and their bowlers were up for it. Khaleel, Nortje, Ishant, and Kuldeep did precisely what was needed, WICKETS! WICKETS! & WICKETS!. They picked four wickets between them inside the first seven and GT were in all sorts of trouble with just 33 runs on the board. GT captain, Hardik Pandya was the lone sailor on board with all his teammates passed out. A 62 runs partnership between Hardik and Manohar brought life back to the match. Ishant’s experience was displayed in the last over, as he nailed his wide Yorkers and gave just six away to defend a low-scoring win for DC. Only the 2nd loss for GT in 14 matches where they were asked to chase a total.

Read More: IPL 2023, KKR vs GT: Shankar-Miller stand of 87* guides Gujarat to the top of points table

Talking Points from GT vs DC

Ishant’s inclusion has been the jigsaw DC were looking to solve in the bowling department. His experience has come to the party for DC. Khaleel’s up and roaring after the injury and things are looking positive for DC in the bowling, just the batting that needs to click as a unit, which looks like it's just around the corner. Gujarat’s rare, rare, rare failure chasing a game. Hardik being there till the end and still GT losing it would hurt the Titans.

Top three performances from GT vs DC, Ahmedabad

IPL 2023, GT vs DC, Top Performances_ Mohammed Shami's 4-11 goes in vain as Delhi Capitals beat Gujarat Titans  _ Walking wicket (Images_ ©IPL_Twitter)
Mohammed Shami's 4-11 goes in vain as Delhi beat Gujarat (Images: ©IPL/Twitter)
Mohammad ‘Straight seam’ Shami

The man with the most accurate seam position in world cricket right now delivered the best opening spell of IPL 2023 with a wicket of the first ball. A tempting delivery full and outside off, and Phil Salt was trapped playing a beaming cover drive.