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IPL 2016: Gujarat Lions subdue Delhi Daredevils in exciting clash

The Delhi Daredevils (DD) may have lost their match against Gujarat Lions (GL) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday, but all-rounder Chris Morris almost single-handedly pulled off a brilliant win for the team.

Morris, who was roped in by the DD for Rs 7 crore at the auction earlier this year, proved that he was worth every penny spent as he followed his two-wicket haul against GL with an amazing 32-ball 82.

Chasing a competitive total of 173 runs, DD was in a precarious position after Lions' pacer Dhawal Kulkarni ripped through their top-order dismissing Sanju Samson (1), Quinton de Kock (5) and Karun Nair (9) for paltry scores.

DD's Duminy also played a patient knock of 48 runs off 43 balls, hitting 3 boundaries and a six along the way. He was caught and bowled by Dwayne Bravo after playing a poor shot.

Duminy's dismissal was the turning point. Pawan Negi-the most expensive Indian player at the IPL auction-was not able to provide the support to Morris with the hosts needing 29 runs off 17 balls when he came in to bat.

With DD needing 4 runs off the last ball, Bravo came up with a perfect delivery into Morris' blockhole. Morris' hit carried the ball to Ravindra Jadeja at long-on and he could only complete two runs much to the disappointment of the home crowd.

GL rode on quick-fire half-centuries from Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith to post 172/6 in their 20 overs. McCullum scored 60 runs off 36 balls while Smith scored 53 off 30 as the duo put an opening partnership of 112 runs off 63 deliveries.

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir played an important role in the Delhi bowlers' fightback with superb figures of 3/24 in his 4 overs. Duminy (1/4) bagged a wicket in the only over he bowled.