While Gujarat Lions are 2nd on the table, Delhi Daredevils are 3rd. Delhi Daredevils have come into this match by winning 3 matches in a row, whereas Lions have lost 1 and won 2 in their previous 3 matches. This has been a chasers tournament so far and Zaheer Khan didn’t hesitate to field after winning the toss.
Lions openers – Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith took on the bowlers early on and scored 71 runs in the first 6 overs. Their all-out approach continued until Smith got out in the 11th over and McCullum in the 12th. The damage was done, all that the remaining batsman had to do was to continue at a steady pace. They failed to do and the team that was looking at 190+ one point of time could only manage 172 runs in 20 overs. A good target, but they expected more, considering the start Lions got.
Delhi Daredevils came out to bat and on the contrary to how Lions started, Daredevils lost 3 wickets in the powerplay and scored only 22 runs. A sensible innings from Duminy and devastating knock from Morris brought Delhi Daredevils close to the target after a slow start. However, the heroics from Morris couldn’t take DD home as they lost the match by 1 run.
Here’s a list of interesting numbers and statistics from this match:
Right from the word go – McCullum and Smith counter-attacked from the first over itself in the first innings. Zaheer Khan bowled the first over and got it for 18 runs. This is the highest so far in IPL 2016.
Fastest Team 50 – Lions got to their team 50 in just 23 balls. This is the fastest team 50 in IPL 2016.
100 sixes in IPL – Brendon McCullum became the 6th overseas batsman in the history of IPL to hit 100 or more sixes. Other 5 overseas players to do so (High to Low) – Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, David Warner and Keiron Pollard.
Good Start – Bad End – Lions scored 110 runs in the first 10 overs. They could only manage 62 runs in the last 10.
Lowest score in Powerplay – While Lions scored one of the highest scores in the powerplay this season, Delhi Daredevils scored the lowest score of powerplays this season i.e. 22 runs at the loss of 3 wickets.
3rd Fastest 50 in IPL – Chris Morris scored his 50 in just 17 balls. This is the joint 3rd fastest 50 in the history of IPL and the fastest this season. The record for fastest 50 is held by Yusuf Pathan, he scored his 50 in just 15 balls.
Highest score for No. 6 – Chris Morris scored 82 runs, batting at No. 6. This is the highest score for a player batting at No. 6 position in IPL.