Gujarat Lions finally showed signs of life in this season's IPL, against Rising Pune Supergiant, with their first win of the 2017 campaign. Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, and Andrew Tye were the stars of the show for Gujarat while MS Dhoni, yet again, failed to contribute to the team.
Rising Pune Supergiants
Ajinkya Rahane - (3/10)
Unlucky day for Jinks, getting tricked by the slight swing of Praveen Kumar, nicking an outside edge to place the ball just within the grasp of Raina at the slips. He must be looking forward to a bit more time at the nets in the next few days.
Rahul Tripathi - (7/10)
Steve Smith - (7/10)
The skipper led from the front yet again as his tremendous form with the bat continued. He announced his presence on the crease by dismissing a swinging Praveen Kumar delivery to the boundary. The Aussie scored at a great pace and scored 30 out of his 43 runs in the form of boundaries. Smith got out playing a bad shot and seemed disappointed with himself. The skipper deserved a half-century.
Ben Stokes - (6/10)
The Englishman played his part with the bat scoring 25 off 18 balls and was the only one who the Gujarat openers struggled to attack. Stokes ended up conceding 18 runs off his three overs, with 10 of these coming in the last one.
Manoj Tiwary - (5/10)
The Bengal lad scored 31 off 27 balls, being dismissed in the last over by Andrew Tye. Starting his innings slow, he probably hoped to pick up some pace in the slog, but when the time came to push the knobs, he let himself down.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni - (3/10)
What has happened to Mahendra Singh Dhoni? Yet again the former Indian captain failed to deliver when it mattered for the team scoring a mere 5 runs off 8 deliveries. He has scored an aggregate of 33 runs in four games so far and if Pune
Ankit Sharma - (5/10)
Ankit Sharma would try and forget this match given his mediocre performance with both the bat and the ball. While he got the momentum with 2 boundaries and a six, he failed to
Shradul Thakur - (7/10)
The pacer did very well with the ball and gave away just 14 runs in 3 overs and managed to pick up an important wicket of Dwayne Smith. Well played mate!
Lockie Ferguson - (4/10)
On his season debut in the IPL, Ferguson gave an abject performance conceding 44 runs in his quota of 4 overs. It is highly unlikely that the Kiwi will be able to hold on to his spot for the Bangalore game on Sunday.
Rahul Chahar - (6/10)
While he did give away 26 runs in three overs, with his incredible dive across the ropes to save a six by McCullum, and then topping it by dismissing the Kiwi swashbuckler in the very next over, Rahul does emerge as a supporting actor worthy of a pat on the back.
Imran Tahir - (3/10)
He was the man that Pune
Dwayne Smith - (9/10)
The top-order batsman had a good all round performance. Giving away just 10 runs in 2 overs while dismissing the indefatigable Steve Smith certainly, deserves credit on its own. The West Indian followed this with
Brendon McCullum - (8/10)
The specialist and
Suresh Raina - (7/10)
The skipper did a decent job and carried his team across the line by scoring 35 runs off just 22 balls. After two back to back losses, the former CSK star would finally be looking forward to a good night’s sleep.
Dinesh Karthik - (5/10)
The wicketkeeper-batsman came in when Gujarat
Aaron Finch - (8/10)
Aaron Finch played
Ishan Kishan - (5/10)
With the top order finishing the job nice and smooth, Ishan didn’t get to play a part in today’s victory. Half of him must be disappointed.
Ravindra Jadeja - (6/10)
Giving away 40 runs in 4 overs was definitely not how Sir Jadeja must have hoped to start off his IPL sojourn. While he did get Dhoni out, that surely doesn’t stand for
Andrew Tye - (9/10)
What a start to the IPL season for the Aussie pacer who was in a league of his own league today. Before the game, all the talk was about Badree’s hat-trick against Mumbai but stole the West Indian’s thunder with a treble of his own and finished with figures of 5/17.
Praveen Kumar - (4/10)
Sending Rahane back to the pavilion on his 3rd delivery of the match must have given the medium pacer from UP some pumped up kicks. Too many we think, given by the end of his 4 overs he had helped the opponents score 51 runs. Not a great day in the office.
21 runs in 3 overs
Shadab Bashir Jakati - (4/10)
The slow-left arm bowler wasn’t shown much mercy, being smacked away for 11 runs in each of his two overs. He was unable to create any pressure on the batsmen and contributed to Pune scoring 171.
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