“I knew I had to….” Ishant Sharma Explained His Strategy In The Last Over Against Rahul Tewatia

In the 44th match of IPL 2023, Delhi Capitals defeated Gujarat Titans by five runs. Batting first after winning the toss in the match played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Delhi scored 130 runs losing eight wickets in 20 overs. In response, the Gujarat team could score 125 runs in 20 overs, losing six wickets.

In the last over, Gujarat needed 12 runs to win. Ishant Sharma came to bowl the last over. Tewatia and Hardik at the crease.

Ishant gave two runs on the first ball of the 20th over. Hardik took a single on the second ball. Tewatia could not score any runs on the third ball. On the fourth ball, Ishant got the wicket of Tewatia caught by Riley Rossouw. Rashid Khan could score two runs on the fifth ball. At the same time, Rashid scored a single on the last ball. In this way, Ishant spent only six runs, and Delhi won the match by five runs.

Ishant gave just 6 runs in the last over in front of the two best finishers of the IPL, Hardik and Tewatia. Speaking on this, Ishant Sharma stated that he knows Tewatia very well and knows how to bluff him.

“I played enough cricket with Tewatia and was just having fun with him. I knew I had to double-bluff him; otherwise, we know what he can do with the bat,” Ishant Sharma quoted.

Batting first after winning the toss, Delhi had a very poor start. Delhi Capitals had lost five wickets in the first six overs on just 23 runs. After this, Axar Patel shared a 50-run partnership with Aman Hakim Khan for the sixth wicket. Axar Patel was sent to the pavilion by Mohit Sharma on 27 runs in 30 balls.

After this, Aman shared a 53-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Ripple Patel. Aman scored the first half-century of IPL career in 41 balls. Aman was dismissed after scoring 51 runs in 44 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes. Ripple got out after scoring 23 runs in 13 balls. For Gujarat, Shami took four wickets for 11 runs in four overs. Mohit Sharma took two wickets. At the same time, Rashid Khan took a wicket.

Chasing the target of 131 runs, the start of Gujarat was also poor. The team had lost the first wicket in the form of Wriddhiman Saha at zero. After this, Shubman Gill and Vijay Shankar were dismissed after scoring six runs. David Miller could not even open an account. Hardik Pandya and Abhinav Manohar shared a 62-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Manohar was dismissed after scoring 26 runs, and Tewatia scored 20 runs. Hardik remained unbeaten on 59 off 53 balls with the help of seven fours but could not win his team. Khaleel Ahmed and Ishant Sharma took two wickets each for Delhi. At the same time, Nortje and Kuldeep Yadav got one wicket each.

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