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IPL 2016, RPS vs GL Live: McCullum, Smith shine as Pune edge Gujarat in thriller

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Jigar Mehta April 29, 2016 23:46:19 IST
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IPL 2016, RPS vs GL Live: McCullum, Smith shine as Pune edge Gujarat in thriller

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Apr 29, 2016 - 23:48 (IST)

Apr 29, 2016 - 23:44 (IST)

Apr 29, 2016 - 23:44 (IST)

That's it! Birthday boy Faulkner takes Gujarat Lions past the finish line. Gujarat Lions win by 3 wickets.

It's was a very close call. Faulkner hit a pull just wide of the diving Smith at short mid-wicket. They run through for a single. What a match!

Apr 29, 2016 - 23:41 (IST)

Scores are level!

Faulkner thumps it to long off and they scamper through for a risky second. Poor throw from the deep fielder, Rahane. 1 needed off 1. 

Apr 29, 2016 - 23:40 (IST)

OUT! A run out now. Ishan Kishan departs. 2 wickets in 2 balls.

Kishan pushes one to mid off and scampers through for a single. Saurabh Tiwary at mid off scores a direct hit as Kishan dives. 

Praveen Kumar is the new batsman. 3 needed off 2 balls.

Apr 29, 2016 - 23:38 (IST)

OUT! It's not over yet. Perera cleans up Raina! SK Raina b Perera 34 (28b 2x4 0x6) 

A yorker outside off, Raina goes for a heave, ends up getting a bottom edge onto the stumps.  

3 needed off 3 balls. Ishan Kishan is the new batsman.

Apr 29, 2016 - 23:33 (IST)

Thisara Perera will bowl the last over. 9 needed.

Apr 29, 2016 - 23:33 (IST)

After 19 overs,Gujarat Lions 187/5 ( Suresh Raina 34 , James Faulkner 1)

Bravo started off with a four. Then there were two wickets and then Raina got a crucial four through fine leg. A ocuple off the last ball brought the equation down to 9 needed off 6 bals.

Apr 29, 2016 - 23:31 (IST)

Double blow for Lions!

OUT! Dinda strikes at a crucial juncture again.

Bravo had sliced the first one, which was a wide one over backward point for four. Dinda sticks to the same line, this time bowls it even wider. Bravo chases and gets an outside edge to the keeper.

OUT! Jadeja is run out!

A very full bal from Dinda, Jadeja misses his flick, it flicks his pads and flies to the keeper. He sets off for a non-existent run. Raina is not interested. Jadeja has reached the non-striker's end. Dhoni runs up to the stumps and clips the bails off calmly. Dinda erupts in celebrations.

Apr 29, 2016 - 23:25 (IST)

After 18 overs,Gujarat Lions 176/3 ( Suresh Raina (C) 28 , Dwayne Bravo 3)

RPS have pulled this back well. Raina and Karthik had hit a couple offours off Perera. Karthik was looking good as he hammered one four off Dinda. But the pacer hit back to scalp the wicket of Karthik. Murugan Ashwin is then brought back and he bowls a frugal over, giving away just 4 runs. 20 needed off 12 now.

PREVIEW: Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) might be on a high after winning their last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), but they will have a mountain to climb as they face an in-form Gujarat Lions in an Indian Premier League (IPL) contest in Pune on Friday.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Pune have had quite a difficult start to the season bagging only two games out of six. They started their campaign with a win over defending champions Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener, but then lost four back to back games before winning against Hyderabad via the Duckworth-Lewis system.

On the other hand, the Lions have lost just one game out of the six they have featured in so far. In the last game against Delhi Daredevils, they survived a scare and got over the line with only a run to spare.

IPL 2016 RPS vs GL Live McCullum Smith shine as Pune edge Gujarat in thriller

RPS skipper MS Dhoni. Sportzpics/IPL

The last time these two sides met, Gujarat had come out on top and this time ideally Dhoni would want revenge.

One of the reasons behind the visitors' success has been their batting top order who have fired on all cylinders from the word go.

Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum and Suresh Raina have ensured brisk starts so far in the league but Finch's fitness is a cause of concern for the Rajkot-based franchise.

Dwayne Smith who came in as replacement for the Australian against the Daredevils’ scored an impressive 30-ball 52 and knit a 112-run partnership with McCullum in just 10.4 overs.

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and Dhawal Kulkarni have been the pick of the bowlers for the Lions and have been ably supported by tweakers Pravin Tambe and Ravindra Jadeja who have bagged five and four wickets, respectively.

For Pune, opener Faf du Plessis and Ajinkya Rahane have done the bulk of the scoring but the likes of Steve Smith and Dhoni need to step up if they are to post a huge score or hunt down one.

All eyes will be on pacer Ashok Dinda who pocketed three wickets in the match against Hyderabad but he would need support from the likes of Thisara Perera and Murugan Ashwin who have had a few good outings with the leather.

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