Gujarat Lions take on Rising Pune Supergiants in the sixth match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on 14 April.
Where to watch live
Match starts at 3.30pm BST/8pm IST. Live coverage of the game is available on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD in the UK. Set Max, Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD will telecast it live in India. Click here for the live streaming link.
The two new franchises in the 2016 IPL edition – Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions – will look to continue their winning run as they face each other on 14 April at Rajkot. The Pune outfit had a brilliant first game, thrashing the defending champions Mumbai Indians by 9 wickets on 9 April.
What impressed fans and experts was the discipline showed by the Pune bowlers with everyone contributing and playing their part. Mitchell Marsh and Rajat Bhatia performed well in the game. Marsh proved that he can bowl consistently at 140kms, while Bhatia gave fans another glimpse of the variety he possesses in his armoury.
Their batsmen too played their part as Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis and Kevin Pietersen contributing to the scorecard. Skipper MS Dhoni will be looking for a repeat performance after the win against the reigning champions in their opening game.
On the other hand, one of the most balanced squads in the IPL this year, Gujarat Lions cruised past Kings XI Punjab in their first game winning by five wickets. West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo led with the ball, taking four wickets for 22 runs and in the process he became the first bowler to pick up 300 wickets in Twenty20 history.
Chasing a target of 162, Aaron Finch's 47-ball 74 and Dinesh Karthik 's unbeaten 26-ball 47 helped the Lions ease past the total. What will concern skipper Suresh Raina is the form of Kiwi Brendon McCullum. The former New Zealand skipper was out on a duck and with not a lot of cricket behind him, the team management will be hoping he comes into form at the earliest.
Rising Pune Supergiants to win
Betting odds (888sport)
- Gujarat Lions to win: 19/20
- Rising Pune Supergiants to win: 11/13
Possible XI: Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina (C), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Ishan Kishan, James Faulkner, Praveen Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan, Sarabjit Ladda.
Rising Pune Supergiants
Possible XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis, Kevin Pietersen, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Steve Smith, Rajat Bhatia, Mitchell Marsh, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Murugan Ashwin, RP Singh.