IPL 2016, GL vs RCB as it happened: Karthik fifty helps Gujarat win by six wickets

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Amit Banerjee April 24, 2016 19:39:17 IST
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IPL 2016, GL vs RCB as it happened: Karthik fifty helps Gujarat win by six wickets



Apr 24, 2016 - 20:19 (IST)

OUT! What a ripper of a delivery from Shakib to get rid of the in-form Faf du Plessis. Pitched along off, the ball straightens. Faf fails to pick the line of the ball, as it kisses the off-stump on its way to the keeper! Wicket to end the over, with RPS losing their first with 24 on board, with Faf departing for 4. 

Apr 24, 2016 - 20:12 (IST)

After 3 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 17/0 ( Ajinkya Rahane 14 , Faf du Plessis 3)

Rahane and Faf walk out to bat for Pune, with Morkel bowling the first over of the innings, which is a rather tight one as he concedes just two off it. Meanwhile, the Morkel brothers are playing today, but for opposing sides, with Albie replacing Ishant Sharma in Pune. Four runs off the next over by Andre Russell, with R Sathish pulling off a stunning piece of fielding with an acrobatic dive at backward point to prevent a possible boundary off Rahane's bat. SIX! Rahane flicks a fuller delivery from Morkel towards backward square-leg in the following over to bring up the first boundary of the Pune innings. FOUR! Rahane follows it up with a pull towards midwicket! Good over for RPS, with 11 coming off it. 

Apr 24, 2016 - 19:50 (IST)

That's it from us at Firstpost for the 19th match of IPL 2016 between Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Tune in to our live blog for the next game, which starts almost immediately after the end of this one. Catch the live updates here:

Apr 24, 2016 - 19:46 (IST)

Virat Kohli is the Man of the Match for his 63-ball 100, his first-ever T20 century which ultimately went in vain. Has a disappointed look on his face after the defeat. 

Apr 24, 2016 - 19:33 (IST)

After 20 overs,Gujarat Lions 182/4 ( Dinesh Karthik (W) 50 , Dwayne Bravo 4)

Watson handed the ball for the final over, with Gujarat Lions needing another seven off the final over. Single off the first by Jadeja. NO-BALL! WATSON HAS OVERSTEPPED! And its it s free-hit for Dinesh Karthik, who is batting on 49 off 38 balls. Can he finish it off with one hit, while bringing up his fifty? Well DK gets his fifty alright, but with a single down the ground. Has played a gem of an innings so far. Four needed off five now. Wide! Three needed off five now. OUT! And its all happening here at Rajkot. Jadeja  attempts a late cut and keeper Rahul dives to his left to complete a brilliant catch! Bravo walks in to bat now. 3 needed off 4. FOUR! Bravo hits the winning runs with a slog over long-on that results in a one-bounce four! Gujarat Lions have won by six wickets with three balls to spare! 

Apr 24, 2016 - 19:27 (IST)

After 19 overs,Gujarat Lions 174/3 ( Dinesh Karthik (W) 49 , Ravindra Jadeja 11)

FOUR! What a start to the over! Karthik shuffles to his right, and sweeps the delivery pitched along off-stump over fine-leg for a four! Pressure on RCB now! Singles off the next two, with Karthik back into the strike for the fourth ball. Pushed away towards cow-corner for a couple to keep the strike for the fifth ball. Two off the next ball, with Karthik moving to 45. Final ball of the over. FOUR! Karthik hammers the ball down the ground off a full-toss, with AB failing to stop the boundary! Seven needed off the last over for Kohli's maiden T20 ton to go in vain!

Apr 24, 2016 - 19:21 (IST)

After 18 overs,Gujarat Lions 160/3 ( Dinesh Karthik (W) 36 , Ravindra Jadeja 10)

Chahal into the attack to bowl his final over of the day. Full and wide to start with, and Raina comes down the track, and gets a single to bring up the fifty stand with Karthik. OUT! Chahal gets the breakthrough by dismissing the opposition captain for 28, with Raina getting the toe end of the bat while coming down the track, and attempting to clear the long-off boundary. 

Abdulla takes a simple catch near the boundary as Gujarat lose their third wicket with 140 on board, with Sir Jadeja walking out to bat. SIX! Jadeja fires almost immediately after walking into bat. Pitched up from Abdulla and outside off, Jadeja slogs it over midwicket to take the pressure off Gujarat! Meanwhile, Aaron Finch has finally been spotted in the dugout, and he is all padded up at the moment. 

Richardson into the attack for the 18th over. DROPPED! Slower delivery from Richardson, and Karthik mishits it back to the bowler, who fumbles up and drops what could have redeemed his terrible performance earlier today. Karthik drives in the fourth ball, piercing through extra-cover, with de Villiers saving a couple of runs with some athletic fielding in the deep. Much better over from Aussie pacer, conceding six off it. 

Apr 24, 2016 - 19:10 (IST)

OUT! Raina comes down the track in an attempt to clear the fuller delivery from Chahal over long-off. Gets the toe end of the bat however, as Abdulla takes a simple catch near the boundary to dismiss the Gujarat captain for 28 off 24 balls. The valuable partnership comes to an end, as Jadeja walks out to bat. GL 140/3. 

Apr 24, 2016 - 19:06 (IST)

After 15 overs,Gujarat Lions 136/2 ( Suresh Raina (C) 27 , Dinesh Karthik (W) 25)

Chahal returns to the attack for the 13th over. Good running between the wickets displayed by Raina and Karthik, as the duo get eight runs in the over with the ones and twos. Time for the strategic timeout at the end of the 13th. Watson bowls his third over. Meanwhile, the lights are slowly coming on at the SCA Stadium. FOUR! Flicked a fuller delivery between leg and middle towards deep square-leg! 

Shamsi comes in to bowl his final over of the match, having bowled superbly so far to record figures of 1 for 16 from three overs. Couple of close chances to get a dismissal, including a run-out opportunity, as well as another caught-and-bowler chance that could have seen the back of Karthik. Six runs off the over, with Gujarat Lions moving to 136/2 after 15 overs. Need another 45 to win from 30 balls. 

Apr 24, 2016 - 18:59 (IST)

Just to give you an idea of how much a Superman Kohli has been this year with the bat!

PREVIEW: Gujarat Lions (GL) will aim to bounce back from Thursday's 10-wicket thrashing when they face Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Sunday.

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) halted Gujarat's three-match winning run with a crushing win in which they completely outplayed the hosts.

And the Suresh Raina-led Gujarat Lions believe that was a poor day in the office and they need to come out all guns blazing against a RCB side that is coming off a confident triumph over Rising Pune Supergiants.

IPL 2016 GL vs RCB as it happened Karthik fifty helps Gujarat win by six wickets

File photo of Gujarat Lions all-rounder Dwayne Bravo. Sportzpics/IPL

Despite the loss to Hyderabad, Gujarat are second in the league points table, while Bangalore are one place behind them with two wins from four games.

All eyes will be on in-form Australian opening batsman Aaron Finch, who has has scores of 74, 50 and 67 not out respectively in the three matches so far before a duck against Hyderabad.

His opening partner, retired New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum hasn't really fire yet, barring a 49 against Pune and he will be keen to make an impact as West Indian Dwayne Smith is waiting for his chance.

Gujarat's bowling is also strong and has delivered keeping its reputations in tact, barring the Hyderabad game in which they failed to get rid of opening duo of David Warner and Shihar Dhawan.

Medium pacers Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dale Steyn, Bravo and Faulkner have been complemented well by spinners in the form of Shadab Jakati and Praveen Tambe.

However, they should expect another tough day as they will be up against a RCB side that is full of batting stars. Led by Indian superstar Virat Kohli, who is in his peak form having scored 75, 79, 33 and 80 in the past four matches, RCB boast of an envious line-up.

Even though West Indian power-hitter Chris Gayle is yet to return since leaving for the birth of a baby girl, AB de Villiers is there to entertain the Rajkot fans. The South African maestro is also in form, hitting 82, 55, 29 and 83 in the past four matches respectively.

If you get rid of Kohli and de Villiers, then there are Shane Watson, young Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh and Stuart Binny who are some of the cleanest hitters of the ball.

RCB will need medium pacers Harshal Patel and Kane Richardson to take early wickets, while spinners Iqbal Abdullah and Tabraiz Shamsi will look to contain the batsmen in the middle overs.

South Africa's Chinaman bowler Shamsi, who replaced injured West Indian Samuel Badree in the squad, played his first match against Pune, picking a wicket for 36 runs. The 26-year-old will be looking to improve that show.

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