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IPL 10, Match 50: Gujarat v Delhi

Wisden India logo Wisden India 10-05-2017 Wisden India staff
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At this closing stage of the league phase of Indian Premier League 2017, one game could change the fate of multiple teams. There is, however, little bar pride riding on the result of Gujarat Lions v Delhi Daredevils at Green Park in Kanpur on Wednesday (May 10).

Gujarat’s hopes of progression past the league stage ended last week, while Delhi’s chances of a top-four finish were dismissed by Sunrisers Hyderabad’s seven-wicket win at home against Mumbai Indians on Monday.

Incidentally, it was a stunning performance from Delhi’s youngsters less than a week ago that had officially knocked Gujarat out of the running for the playoffs. Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson’s self-declared ‘see ball, hit ball’ philosophy helped them chase down a target of 209 with seven wickets and 15 balls to spare.

Since then, however, Delhi’s consistent inconsistency has been at the fore: They folded for 66 against Mumbai, one worse than the 67 they made against Punjab earlier in the season.

With Angelo Mathews, Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada leaving for national duty, the onus is again on their young Indian contingent. Pant may have missed out on making it to the Champions Trophy team, but the vote of confidence from the chairman of selectors that he’s one for the future should be a strong motivator. Sam Billings’s return from England after the Ireland series should also give them a boost.

Gujarat played their last game, a six-wicket win over Punjab dominated by Dwayne Smith’s 74 off 39, with only three overseas players. With Brendon McCullum injured and Jason Roy choosing not to return after his England commitments, they are likely to stick to the formula for, as things stand, their penultimate match of all IPL. Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik have had good seasons and, identified as stand-bys for the Champions Trophy, will want to ensure they keep up those performances, while giving Gujarat an honourable IPL send-off.

Head-to-head record:

Matches played: 3; Delhi: 2; Gujarat: 1

Head-to-heads at Green Park, Kanpur:

The teams have never played each other in Kanpur.

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