No Warner, no worries for Delhi as Fraser-McGurk shines

Jake Fraser-McGurk, the young hurricane batter tipped to become David Warner's white-ball successor for Australia, gave a brief demonstration why as he stepped in to replace his injured hero with another winning cameo for Delhi Capitals.

The 22-year-old has been the talk of the IPL since blitzing 55 on his debut against the Lucknow Super Giants last week and with Warner's injured finger sidelining him on Wednesday, Fraser-McGurk, promoted to open against Gujarat Titans, delivered another brilliant cameo.

This time, it was a shorter demonstration over just two overs - but it didn't need to be any longer than that after Delhi's bowlers had skittled Gujarat for just 89, their smallest ever total, after putting them in to bat, with only Rashid Khan's 31 bailing them out.

Given licence to enjoy himself on a tricky pitch by coach Ricky Ponting, who's a huge admirer, Fraser-McGurk smacked the first ball he faced - and the second of the entire innings - straight back handsomely for six over the head of Sandeep Warrier and beyond the toblerones.

Third ball, he smashed Warrier for a straight four before turning his attention next over to his Australian compatriot Spencer Johnson, whose first legal delivery was slashed mercilessly over the cover boundary.

Another four followed before Johnson did at least get his revenge, having Fraser-McGurk caught at midwicket at the end of the over.

The mayhem was over - but so effectively was the match, with Fraser-McGurk's 20 of 10 balls having already powered Delhi to over a quarter of the way to their target on 1-25.  

"Tried to get off to a nice start, hopefully get that net run rate going in our favour," smiled Fraser-McGurk afterwards once captain Rishabh Pant, with his 11-ball 16no, had steered his side to a six-wicket win on 4-92 with still over 11 overs remaining.

"When you're riding this wave, you have to ride it as long as you can," added the Box Hill' batter.

Pant had a fine match, having earlier taking a brilliant catch to get rid of David Miller before gambling on introducing the offspin of Tristan Stubbs, which paid off when the South African took two wickets off his one over thanks to the skipper's sharp stumpings. 

Amid Delhi's stroll, Johnson finished with 1-22 off his two overs.

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