IPL 9, Rising Pune vs Gujarat Lions as it happened: Finch, McCullum power Lions' 7-wicket win

Apr, 14 2016 IST

  • 23:19 (IST)

    Gujarat Lions win by 7 runs, RP Singh bowls a wide to Jadeja with 1 run required and hand sit to the Lions. This has been thoroughly one-sided. Finch hit 50, McCullum 49. Their initial work was helped by Raina's 24 and Bravo's 22

  • 23:13 (IST)

    After 17 overs,Gujarat Lions 150/3 ( Dwayne Bravo 14 , Ravindra Jadeja 1)

    OUT! Raina departs, stumped out by his former CSK captain MS Dhoni. He made 24. Lions, though, are cruising to a very one-sided victory.

  • 23:02 (IST)

    After 16 overs,Gujarat Lions 147/2 ( Suresh Raina (C) 24 , Dwayne Bravo 13)

    Bravo has done it. The match is all but over, 3 back to back fours off Ishant Sharma in the 16th over brings the chase down to 17 off 24 balls. Lions are cruising to a one-sided victory.

  • 22:52 (IST)

    OUT! Brendon McCullum, in typical fashion, goes for a hoick on 49, skies the shot and du Plessis takes the catch. Baz falls one run short of his fifty. But he has done the work. Gujarat Lions need 41 off 39.

  • 22:46 (IST)

    Dhoni has missed a stumping! Brendon McCullum survives

  • 22:38 (IST)

    After 10 overs,Gujarat Lions 93/1 ( Brendon McCullum 32 , Suresh Raina (C) 3)

    After Finch's fireworks it's time for Raina to continue the onslaught. He will be batting with Dhoni behind the stumps. 

  • 22:31 (IST)

    OUT! Finch departs after his fifty, he sweeps Murugan Ashwin but finds Ishant Sharma behind square. His 50 came in 33 balls, with 7 fours and 2 sixes.

  • 22:05 (IST)

    After 3 overs,Gujarat Lions 27/0 ( Aaron Finch 7 , Brendon McCullum 18)

    Baz goes berserk! He tonks RP for a couple of sixes. One on point and the other on long on. 14 runs off the over.

  • 21:55 (IST)

    After 1 overs,Gujarat Lions 7/0 ( Aaron Finch 1 , Brendon McCullum 5)

    McCullum and Finch start for Gujarat Lions, chasing 164. 

  • 21:33 (IST)

    After 20 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 163/5 ( MS Dhoni (C) (W) 22 , Rajat Bhatia 0)

    Dhoni delivers in the final over, 2 fours and a six over wide long on drew 20 runs from that last over by Bravo and takes RPS to 163/5 after 20 overs. Considering how they started, RPS would feel they were about 20 runs short. After KP and du Plessis' dismissal, Pune went into a slump and never really recovered, barring the final over.

  • 21:27 (IST)

    OUT! Mitch Marsh is bowled over by a quicker one from Jadeja. RPS haven't recovered after losing KP and Du Plessis

  • 21:17 (IST)

    After 17 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 136/4 ( MS Dhoni (C) (W) 1 , Mitchell Marsh 1)

    OUT! Steve Smith departs, he reaches out and drives high a wide and full one from Jadeja, but only finds Faulkner near the ropes. He's dismissed on 5. Mitchell Marhs the next batsman in. 

  • 21:14 (IST)

    After 16 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 134/3 ( Steven Smith 5 , MS Dhoni (C) (W) 1)

    OUT! Du Plessis is gone, after hitting a four and six, he is bowled by Tambe on 69 off 43 balls. Five fours and four sixes. Tambe takes his second.

  • 21:12 (IST)

    After 15 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 121/2 ( Faf du Plessis 59 , Steven Smith 3)

    KP has departed but Steve Smith has arrived. Pune have a stunning batting line-up. Dhoni is yet to come. This looks like heading for a big total

  • 21:06 (IST)

    OUT! Kevin Pietersen falls before his fifty, he tries to slog Bravo from wide of off stump, instead finds the bottom edge and the ball goes onto the stumps.

  • 21:04 (IST)

    Du Plessis reaches his 50 off 3 balls, this has been an excellent innings. 4 fours and 3 sixes. 

  • 20:55 (IST)

    After 12 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 100/1 ( Faf du Plessis 44 , Kevin Pietersen 34)

    The partnership now reaches 73 runs, KP shows he's not just all brute strength. He opens up the face of his bat and just eases the ball on its way to the third man fence

  • 20:39 (IST)

    After 9 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 82/1 ( Faf du Plessis 37 , Kevin Pietersen 23)

    RPS going strong even after Rahane's dismissal. Du Plessis and Kevin Pietersen have score 55 runs in just 5.1 overs. Raina's Lions in desparate need of a wicket here. 

  • 20:38 (IST)

    Du Plessis and Pietersen have reached their 50 partnership, 51 off 27 balls. 

  • 20:26 (IST)

    After 5 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 41/1 ( Faf du Plessis 12 , Kevin Pietersen 7)

    Despite Rahane's loss, du Plessis and Pietersen look in the mood to abt for sometime. Both look in good nick and the two fours off the 5th over from Jakati shows their intentions.

  • 20:19 (IST)

    Kevin Pietersen comes in to bat

  • 20:18 (IST)

    OUT! Ajinkya Rahane's excellent start comes to an abrupt end, he's trapped leg-before by Tambe and departs on 21 off 17 balls

  • 20:07 (IST)

    After 1 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 5/0 ( Ajinkya Rahane 5 , Faf du Plessis 0)

    Rahane has had 2 consecutive good t20 innings, his knock against West Indies in the WorldT20 semis and Rising Pune's IPL debut against MI. He shows his class again as he punches Praveen Kumar through the covers.

  • 20:01 (IST)

    Ajinkya Rahane and Faf du Plessis open for Rising Pune, they played an excellent knock against Mumbai Indians in the opener. Praveen Kumar to bowl the first over for Gujarat Lions

  • 19:41 (IST)

    Rising Pune Supergiants have won the toss and skipper MS Dhoni has elected to bat first. Gujarat Lions captain Suresh Raina said he'd have done the same had he been lucky with the coin.

  • 19:30 (IST)

    Welcome to the Live Blog of Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions. It's Dhoni vs Raina as Chennai Super Kings splinters collide. They've played together till now, this IPL they'll be facing off for the first time.

    The two teams are also very familiar with each other, as most of the players are former teammates from CSK. 

Rajkot: After impressive debuts in their respective Indian Premier League (IPL) matches, Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions will face-off at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Thursday.

'Pune outclassed defending champions Mumbai Indians by nine wickets in the season opener while Gujarat defeated Kings XI Punjab by five wickets on Monday.

The two new franchises were added to the IPL family after the suspension of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals.

Ajinkya Rahane of Pune Supergiants plays a shot during match 1 of the Vivo Indian Premier League ( IPL ) 2016 between the Mumbai Indians and the Rising Pune Supergiants held at the Wankhede Stadium. BCCI

Ajinkya Rahane of Pune Supergiants plays a shot during match 1 of IPL 2016 against Rising Pune Supergiants held at the Wankhede Stadium. BCCI

CSK teammates Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina will for the first time face-off in IPL after playing together for eight editions in the cash-rich tournament.

Dhoni-led Pune thrashed Mumbai in all departments of the game and will hope to register their second win. In-form Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis, Kevin Pietersen, Steve Smith and Dhoni make a strong batting unit and the top order showed their class against Mumbai.

In their bowling department, the experience of Ishant Sharma and R.P. Singh will come in useful to strike early against Gujarat like they did in the campaign opener.

Experienced off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin who got to bowl only one over against Mumbai will lead the spin bowling department alongside youngster Murugan Ashwin.

On the other hand, Gujarat also have a formidable top order batting line-up with the likes of in-form Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Raina, Dinesh Karthik and all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and James Faulkner to follow.

Praveen Kumar, Bravo, Faulkner, Pradeep Sangwan and left-arm off-spinner Ravindra Jadeja will form a considerable bowling line-up.

The Squads:
Rising Pune Supergiants: MS Dhoni (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Kevin Pietersen, Faf du Plessis, R Ashwin, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Jaskaran Singh, Steven Smith, M Ashwin, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Rajat Bhatia, RP Singh, Scott Boland, Adam Zampa, Thisara Perera, Ankit Sharma, Ankush Bains, Ashok Dinda, Baba Aparajith, Deepak Chahar.

Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (captain), Sarabjit Ladda, Akshdeep Nath, Amit Mishra, Dwayne Bravo, Paras Dogra, Eklavya Dwivedi, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Dinesh Karthik, Shivil Kaushik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Brendon McCullum, Pradeep Sangwan, Jaydev Shah, Umang Sharma, Dwayne Smith, Dale Steyn, Pravin Tambe, Andrew Tye.