Gujarat Lions win toss, elect to field against RCB

Wednesday, 19 Apr, 2017

However, Gujarat lost Dwayne Smith early, when he was caught at deep square leg off Chahal's bowling for 1. But the southpaw was foxed by Chahal into playing a false shot and Raina had to depart after scoring 23 runs as Gujarat slumped to 37/2 after four overs. He will also be looking to provide more balance to the side with his lower-order hitting and lift the poor form of the Lions' spinners so far.

Jadeja, while going for 21 runs in his opening over, nearly got rid of Gayle, thanks to a sensational diving catch by McCullum on the boundary line in the eighth over.

Smith and Raina take the Gujarat Lions to 84/1 in ten overs, setting the flawless platform to go six-crazy at the end.

Rising Pune Supergiants produced a top notch bowling performance to outwit Royal Challengers Bangalore by 27 runs to get some breathing space in the Indian Premier League, here tonight.

To keep their campaigns alive, both teams will have to get off the blocks soon.

Probable XI: Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina (capt), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Aaron Finch, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Andrew Tye, Praveen Kumar, Basil Thampi, Munaf Patel/Dhawal Kulkarni.

Barring the win at the toss, nothing clicked for Raina and Co. on the field.

"Samuel Badree reminded me before the game and said "Chris only three more runs to go, make sure you get it" so it was actually playing on my mind a bit", he said of the landmark.

Virat Kohli started with a flicked six off Jaydev Unadkat and a four off Shardul Thakur.

In his hour of glory, Gayle didn't forget to thank everyone who helped him get there.

Both scored at a fair clip, Tripathi especially impressive with hitting three fours and a six against pacers Adam Milne and Sreenath Aravind. Kohli, who had faced 50 balls, struck seven boundaries and a six during his stay in the middle. Meanwhile, the move of not buying one or two gun bowlers in the auction is coming back to haunt Lions and they have little resources to turn things around. Tripathi (31) fell victim to a blinding Kohli catch four balls later and Steven Smith and MS Dhoni then found scoring hard. Kedar Jadhav joined forces with Head as the two carted Gujarat bowlers for 54 runs in last 25 balls, guiding RCB to 213 for 4.

Skipper Virat Kohli, who missed RCB's first two matches due to shoulder injury, showed his class as he scored 62 in his first game of the tournament against KXIP.

A self-confessed cricket freak, Chinmay Jawalekar is a senior Writer with CricketCountry.