Hardik Pandya’s magnificent unbeaten 59 went in vain as Delhi Capitals stunned the Gujarat Titans by 5 runs at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Delhi got off to a disastrous start as Phil Salt was caught at extra cover by David Miller off Mohammed Shami in the very first delivery for a golden duck.
Skipper David Warner (2) was then run out following a horrible mix up with Priyam Garg, which eventually turned out to be no ball.
Shami then wrecked the middle order by claiming the wickets of Rilee Rossouw (8), Manish Pandey (1) and Garg (10), leaving their side reeling at 23/5.
The pair of Axar Patel and Aman Hakim Khan steadied the ship with a valuable 50 run stand for the sixth wicket before the former miscued a lofted drive off Mohit Sharma to Rashid Khan for 27.
Aman featured in yet another crucial 53 run stand for the sixth wicket alongside Ripal Patel before the former fell to Rashid for a 44 ball-51.
Ripal scored a quickfire 13 ball-23 to take DC to 130/8 in their 20 overs.
Chasing 131, impact player Khaleel Ahmed got Delhi off to a dream start by dismissing Wriddhiman Saha (0) caught behind the stumps in the very first over.
Shubman Gill then sliced a half volley off Anrich Nortje to Manish Pandey at cover for 6.
Ishant Sharma then got into the act by cleaning up Vijay Shankar (6) with a slower one. David Miller (0) was castled by Kuldeep Yadav while attempting a scoop as Gujarat slumped to 32/4.
Hardik Pandya and Abhinav Manohar (26) kept Titans hopes alive with a 62 run for the fifth wicket before the latter (26) miscued a pull off Khaleel.
With 33 requiring off 12 balls, Rahul Tewatia (20 off 7) slammed Nortje for three consecutive sixes to bring the equation to 12 off the final over.
However Ishant Sharma held his nerve by conceding just 6 off the final over as Delhi Capitals stunned Gujarat Titans by 5 runs.
Delhi Capitals 130 for 8 (Aman 51, Shami 4-11, Mohit 2-33) beat Gujarat Titans 125 for 6 (Hardik 59*, Ishant 2-23, Khaleel 2-24) by five runs