Delhi Bulls’ captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and opted to field first. Deccan Gladiators’ opening batsman Mohammad Shehzad smashed a couple of fours before getting dismissed in the second over of the innings. The pair of Shane Watson and Anton Devcich then got together to steady the Gladiators’ innings.
Ravi Rampaul pulls back Watson and Devcich
Both Watson and Devcich rallied the opposition bowlers and the scoring rate was moving at a steady rate. However, Ravi Rampaul then bowled a brilliant spell of two overs in which he gave just 9 runs to pull things back for the Delhi Bulls.
The duo comprising of Devcich and Watson added 85 runs for the first wicket partnership as Deccan Gladiators finished with 102 runs on the board. Watson contributed with a fine captain’s knock of 57 runs off 31 balls while Devcich remained 28 not out.
While chasing target of 103 runs, Delhi Bulls didn’t get off to the best of starts losing three quick wickets in the form of Paul Stirling, Kusal Perera and Muhammad Usman. Deccan Gladiators’ chinaman bowler Zahir Khan got his team off to a sensational start picking all the three wickets. Fall of these early wickets halted Bulls’ progress at the very start.
Morgan changes the game on its head
Delhi Bulls captain Eoin Morgan turned the game on its head by smacking 19 runs off Mason Crane’s over and thus, brought down the required run-rate. Morgan led his team from the front scoring a match-winning knock of 52 runs off just 27 balls and helped them chase the target of 103 runs in 9.3 overs. For the Gladiators, Zahir Khan couldn’t get much of support from the rest of the bowlers.
Deccan Gladiators: 102/1 in 10 overs (Shane Watson-57*, Anton Devcich-28*; Dushmantha Chameera 1/19)
Delhi Bulls: 103/3 in 9.3 overs (Eoin Morgan-52*, Angelo Mathews-22*; Zahir Khan 3/17)
Result: Delhi Bulls won the match by 7 wickets