2016 Vivo Indian Premier League (IPL 9), match six
Gujarat Lions beat Rising Pune Supergiants by seven wickets at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot
- Aaron Finch hit a 36-ball 50 and Brendon McCullum added 49 as the Lions easily chased down 164 for a second consecutive victory
- Captain Suresh Raina and Dwayne Bravo scored 24 and 22 respectively in winning effort
- The Supergiants finished on 163-5 and were spearheaded by an impressive 69 from Faf du Plessis
- Kevin Pietersen notched 37 and MS Dhoni added an explosive 22 but it was not enough
We resume IPL duties tomorrow, when Kings XI Punjab meet the Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. Bye for now.
A thoroughly comfortable victory for the Lions, who maintain their 100% start to life in the IPL.
They face the defending champion Mumbai Indians on Saturday, while the Supergiants will hope to bounce back a day later as they take on Kings XI Punjab in Mohali.
Gujarat Lions beat Rising Pune Supergiants by seven wickets
19th over - Gujarat Lions 164-3
What an insipid way to lose a T20 match. RP Singh bowls at Jadeja but produces a wide down leg and it's all over in Rajkot with 12 balls remaining.
18th over - Gujarat Lions 163-3
Jadeja takes a single and gets back safely as Marsh struggles to scoop the ball up for a run-out chance. A leg bye and a no ball follow as Bhatia oversteps the mark by a considerable distance. The free hit goes for two and Bravo then moves onto 22 from 10 with a quite excellent shot over cover for six.
Just one more run needed for a comprehensive victory.
17th over - Gujarat Lions 151-3
13 off 18 required. Jadeja joins Bravo at the crease.
No second chances from Dhoni this time as he reacts quickly to stump his fellow captain.
Too little, too late as far as Pune are concerned.
Wicket - Raina (24) st Dhoni b M Ashwin 147-3
16th over - Gujarat Lions 147-2
In a sequence that draws parallels with Smith's shot off Wahab Riaz during the T20 World Cup, Bravo moves well wide of leg-stump. Instead of bowling straight at the wickets to at least give him something to think about, Sharma follows his line and is duly hit through cover for four.
The West Indies star then backs that up by crashing two more boundaries. That's surely it for Pune's hopes of avoiding defeat. Just 17 needed from 24.
15th over - Gujarat Lions 132-2
A couple of reprieves for the sliding Raina, who survives after Rahane fails to register a direct hit. He seems to have hurt himself in his quest to get back to his crease but looks OK to continue after a short break. He recovers to score three more and Bravo gets luck when a big edge fails to carry to the fielder.
14th over - Gujarat Lions 129-2
Bravo comes up the order and replaces Karthik at four. Raina takes three before sauntering down the wicket to blast his first four of the innings. He finishes with a single and it's nine in total from the over.
35 runs needed from 36 now.
Instead of nudging a quick single to bring up his 50, the adventurous McCullum goes for a big pull shot from a shorter ball but instead edges high into the air and Du Plessis gets underneath to take a simple catch.
Wicket - McCullum (49) c Du Plessis b Sharma (Gujarat Lions 120-2)
13th over - Gujarat Lions 120-1
Every delivery of that Bhatia over goes for a single. Gujarat now need 44 from their final 42 balls.
12th over - Gujarat Lions 114-1
Raina snatches a single and only a sprawling stop from Pietersen prevents four more. McCullum drives a full toss beyond the bowler to the boundary rope and then slaps over long-on for six.
Dhoni uncharacteristically misses a stumping and McCullum survives. He kicks the ball against the wickets in acknowledgement that he has botched an important chance.
11th over - Gujarat Lions 101-1
McCullum goes to mid-on for one and Raina runs for two from a shorter delivery. A flurry of singles follow before a missed sweep shot from McCullum turns beyond Dhoni for a couple of byes. The ton is up for Gujurat.
They need 63 from the final nine overs.
10th over - Gujarat Lions - 93-1
Ninth over - Gujarat Lions 87-1
Much better from M Ashwin. Captain Raina, the top run scorer in IPL history, is in to bat for the Lions.
M Ashwin banishes memories of his torrid previous over and makes a crucial breakthrough. Finch has played so well but has to walk after miscuing a sweep to deep square leg, where Sharma takes an assured catch.
Will the match turn on that dismissal?
Wicket - Finch (50) c Sharma b M Ashwin (Gujarat Lions 85-1)
Eighth over - Gujarat Lions 85-0
RP Singh to the rescue for Pune as he produces a cracking dive to stop Finch's latest effort racing away for four through the leg-side. McCullum comes back on strike after a single and edges past third man to the boundary.
A final single from Finch brings up his 50 from just 33 deliveries. Impressive batting from the 29-year-old.
Seventh over - Gujarat Lions 75-0
Bhatia watches on in horror as Finch's powerful shot soars high and into the stands. An over that began with a single from McCullum ends with Finch's second six over long-on. All too easy at the moment for Gujarat Lions and this confident opening partnership.
Sixth over - Gujarat Lions 62-0
A nightmare start for M Ashwin as a leg bye is followed by back-to-back fours from Finch. The Lions go beyond 50 and pick up three wides before yet another short ball to Finch is crashed away past cover fielder Du Plessis for four.
A dot ball provides momentary relief, but Finch responds by hitting his seventh four to deep backward square-leg. A horribly expensive over goes for 20 runs.