IPL M25 : Quick fire from Openers helps GL to clinch a win

A quick fire from the Gujarat Lions openers helped them secure not a convincing victory but simply a victory over the Rising Pune Supergaints. As the match went down the wire but still by chasing a mammoth total of 196 runs. GL finally won the match by 3 wickets. So what a finish that was! RPS dragged themselves back into it, but once again, the Smith-McCullum combo meant GL had just another impetus to get over the line. Once again, a century at this year’s VIVO IPL goes in vain. Let’s check the scorecard for detailed info of the match.

 

 

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Quick Match Summary :

Toss: Won by Gujarat Lions, who chose to field
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association’s International Stadium, Pune
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney, Bruce Oxenford, A Nand Kishore, Virender Sharma
Referee: Chinmay Sharma

Man of the Match : Dwayne Smith (63 runs of 37 balls)

 

Playing XI :

Rising Pune Supergiants :
Ajinkya Rahane, Saurabh Tiwary, Steve Smith, MS Dhoni (C) (W), Thisara Perera, Peter Handscomb,  Albie Morkel, Rajat Bhatia, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Murugan Ashwin

Gujarat Lions :
Dwayne Smith,  Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina (C), Dinesh Karthik (W),  Ravindra Jadeja, Ishan Kishan, Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner, Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shivil Kaushik

 

Detailed Match Summary  of GL vs RPS:

It was a match worth seeing when Gujarat Lions chased down a mammoth total of 196 runs. And that too in the final ball of the 20th overs & that too with three wickets remaining in hand. They made their fans feel special by winning such an important match. It all started with Gujarat Lions winning the toss and choosing to bowl. The match went ahead in the following way….i.e. the scorecard shows all info…

 

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Post Match Talks :

Raina said that”It was a close game. Credit goes to McCullum and Smith. They did the damage in six overs. Jimmy had a very good birthday tonight. Pune is one of the top grounds in India. I think the record shows the last few games have been good for chasing. It’s been good to be the captain. I’ve learned a lot from MS.”

Dhoni said that “I never look at the score. I think something’s not working for us. 60 runs in the first six overs put us under pressure. We have to try our new ball bowling. Injuries are beyond our control. It hurts when players from our first 11 get injured. We have tried several bowling combinations and it hasn’t worked. I like it when there’s not too big a break between matches. We have to sort things out quickly.”

 

Conclusion :

Rising Pune Supergiants’ miserable run in the IPL continues after they lose by 3 wickets to Gujarat Lions in a pulsating finish. Aided by Steve Smith’s maiden T20 hundred, RPS got themselves to 195 to set up a large target. In the second innings, Gujarat Lions were off to a flier with the help of Dwayne Smith (63) and Brendon McCullum (43) but at the end, GL couldn’t control their nerve to lose.

 

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