IPL 2024 Super Sunday Highlights: Gujarat win at home, a nostalgic Dhoni-Pant reunion


The double header of the second Super Sunday of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 on March 31 saw Gujarat register their second win of the season by beating Hyderabad at home by 7 wickets. The following clash turned out to be one for nostalgia as it witnessed MS Dhoni and Rishabh Pant showcase some brilliant batting prowess. It was Delhi who ultimately clinched their first points of the season with a 20-run win over Chennai in Vizag.

The first match of the day saw the Pat Cummins-led Hyderabad side fail to repeat their sensational batting prowess from the game against Mumbai. Days after scoring 277 against Mumbai, Hyderabad struggled to get going on a sluggish pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium, managing 162. The Shubman Gill-led Gujarat side made the most of their home advantage on top of a brilliant performance from their veteran pacer Mohit Sharma. On the other hand, the Delhi vs Chennai gave IPL fans plenty to cheer for. The clash initially saw Pant hit his first fifty of his comeback season, which was then followed by MS Dhoni marking an emphatic comeback to the competition, hitting a 16-ball 37.

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GUJARAT VS HYDERABAD: HIGHLIGHTS

  • After winning the toss for Hyderabad, Pat Cummins decided that the side would bat first against Gujarat — a choice that they could not make the most out of.
  • The Hyderabad batting unit walked into the match with high confidence, due to their sensational performance in their last match against Mumbai. However, the big names like Travis Head, Aiden Markram, and Abhishek Sharma, failed to replicate much of their success against the disciplined Gujarat bowling attack.
  • Hyderabad’s danger-man, Henrich Klaasen, did start off with his usual explosiveness, but his innings was cut short when Gujarat’s ace spinner Rashid Khan dismissed the South Africa batter on 24(13).
  • Hyderabad clinched the record for scoring the highest first innings total, with their 277 score against Mumbai in their previous match. However, their batting performances against Gujarat carried no shadow of their past brilliance, which saw them set up a 163-run target.
  • Mohit Sharma was the best bowler for Gujarat with the figures of 25/3. This performance also won the 35-year-old the Player Of The Match award.
  • In their run-chase, Gujarat’s opening pair of captain Shubhman Gill and Wriddhiman Saha gave a rapid start to their side with their 36-run partnership. However, their departure was followed by an even better show from Sai Sudharsan with his 45 (36) knock.
  • Ultimately, it was David Miller, with his unbeaten 44 (27) knock, and some support from Vijay Shankar that saw Gujarat win the match by 7 wickets.

DELHI VS CHENNAI: HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rishabh Pant started off on a positive note after winning the toss for Delhi and deciding that they would bat first against Chennai. His decision found a nail-biting conclusion, which was ultimately in Delhi’s favour.
  • The match marked an IPL return for Delhi’s Prithvi Shaw, who made the most out of his maiden IPL 2024 opportunity by giving his side a rapid start alongside David Warner. The two batters showcased a nostalgic explosiveness on the crease with their 93-run partnership.
  • David Warner secured his 62nd IPL half-century; however, his innings was abruptly halted at 52 runs off 35 balls following a remarkable catch by Matheesha Pathirana. Warner’s dismissal was quickly followed by the wicket of Shaw on 43(27) by Ravindra Jadeja.
  • Upon the dismissals of their opening pair, it was Rishabh Pant who took the complete charge of the run flow for his side during the death overs. A sight that the entire cricket fraternity was waiting for, Pant bagged his first IPL 2024 fifty but couldn’t see through the innings after getting dismissed on 51 (32).
  • Delhi set a 192-run target for Chennai, which ultimately proved too much for the defending champions due to their lacklustre batting performance. Ajinkya Rahane was the only batter in the Chennai top-order, who was able to put in a good shift in the run chase with his 45(30) knock.
  • In the midst of the dismal batting performance of Chennai, the crowd at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium got the chance to witness a vintage MS Dhoni, batting for the first time this season. The former India and Chennai skipper made an explosive return to IPL, showcasing his usual prowess with his unbeaten knock of 37(16).
  • Despite the heroic innings from Dhoni, it was Delhi who picked their first points of the season with their win over Chennai by 20 runs. Delhi’s Khaleel Ahmed won the Player of The Match award for his bowling figures of 21/2.

WHAT THE CAPTAINS SAID

GUJARAT VS HYDERABAD

With two wins in their three IPL 2024 matches so far, Shubman Gill seemed satisfied with his side’s result while reflecting on their performance against Hyderabad.

“To be able to win two matches at home, great. Our next match is also here and then we’ve got a couple of matches on the road. Hopefully by the time we come back, we will have good momentum into this tournament,” Shubman said.

Shubman also heaped praise on the side’s batting performance.

“The way our bowlers bowled in the middle overs, especially Noor … obviously Rashid bhai is a world-class bowler and he’s always coming in and giving his best, but the way Darshan came in and bowled those two crucial overs at the death was very important for us. (On Mohit) He’s such an experienced player, especially on wickets like these. He comes in day in and day out, he practises his skills and he’s so skilled,” Shubman added.

On the other hand, Pat Cummins also shared an insight from his reading of his side’s performance against Gujarat.

“Good game of cricket, was tight in the end, probably we needed 10-15 more runs. I think they bowled well, just losing a couple of wickets, didn’t have that one person who kicked on to get a fifty, that happens. Today it was, we thought the wicket was going to get a bit slow, the off-cutters did grip, we had 8 bowling options in our side,” Cummins said.

DELHI VS CHENNAI

While reflecting on Delhi’s performance in the match, Pant showered some praise on his side’s bowling unit.

“Bowlers have been clinical today. We’ve learnt from our mistake. He’s been working hard from last two weeks (Shaw). We thought it’s time to give him a chance and he flourished. It will depend on match to match, but if Mukesh can bowl at the death it’ll be great,” Pant said.

Speaking on his individual performance, Pant also reflected on the preparation that went into his innings against Chennai.

“As a cricketer I’ve to give my 100 percent. Took some time initially as I haven’t played much cricket in the last 1.5 years. This is something I’ve depended my life on. Always had the self-belief that whatever happens, it’s important to come back to the ground,” Pant added.

Chennai captain Ruturaj Gaikwad also reflected on the performance from his side, while explaining where they went wrong in the match.

“We couldn’t get going in the first three overs and that was the difference. At the halfway stage it was getable… Deepak is always used to bowling 3 overs. Even though the first four overs were good, the last two overs were expensive. After two good games you can expect the third game to go below par and that’s nothing to worry about,” Ruturaj said

Published By:

Debodinna Chakraborty

Published On:

Apr 1, 2024





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