IPL 2016: Finch-McCullum start made the chase easy for Gujarat Lions, says Ravindra Jadeja - Firstpost
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IPL 2016: Finch-McCullum start made the chase easy for Gujarat Lions, says Ravindra Jadeja


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Rajkot: The purists might be worried about the impact of Twenty 20 on players' technique but Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja feels the format has had no effect of the cricketers' skills as they are well-trained to shift gears whenever required.

"Players adapt to the situation very quickly and I don't think there would be any negative impact on players because of limited-overs cricket," Jadeja said after his team Gujarat Lions' seven-wicket win over Rising Pune Super Giants in Rajkot.

Gujarat Lions Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo is congratulated by Rising Pune Supergiants captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. AFP

Gujarat Lions Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo is congratulated by Rising Pune Supergiants captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. AFP

The Lions' chased down a competitive 164 with Brendon McCullum (49) and Aaron Finch (50) being the star performers with the bat.

"Finch and McCullum are power-hitters and they gave us a flying start by adding 85 runs in less then nine overs that eased the pressure on the middle-order batsmen," Jadeja said.

Finch and McCullum notched up 85 runs for the opening wicket. Finch made 50 off 36 balls with seven fours and two sixes while McCullum scored a 31-ball 49 with three fours and three sixes.

Jadeja said the openers made sure that there was no need to go for big shots.

"After getting a flying start from the openers, there was no need to go for a big shots," Jadeja said.

 

First Published On : Apr 15, 2016 13:53 IST

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