Ben Stokes scored his maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) century to guide Rising Pune Supergiant to a five-wicket win over Gujarat Lions in their IPL 2017 encounter. Pradeep Sangwan and Basil Thampi provided a brilliant start to Gujarat Lions with their quick wickets against Rising Pune Supergiant. But, Stokes and MS Dhoni came together to guide RPS home. Earlier, Imran Tahir and Jaydev Unadkat took three wickets each as Gujarat Lions were bowled out for 161 against Rising Pune Supergiant in their IPL 2017 encounter. Shardul Thakur and Dan Christian contributed with one each. Ishan Kishan and Brendon McCullum stitched together a 50-run stand for GL, but no other batsman was able to score big. Follow highlights of Rising Pune Supergiant vs Gujarat Lions, IPL 2017 here. (SCORECARD)
23:48 hrs IST: This was Rising Pune Supergiant’s first win against Gujarat Lions in the IPL.
23:39 hrs IST: After the match, Suresh Raina said, “The last over he did not bowl out. The dew was there when Basil and Jimmy were bowling. Credit to Stokes. We did not much power in the spinning department, but Stokes did well. I would say we were 25-30 runs short. We kept losing wickets and we were all out. Still I think we bowled well in the first six overs. The way Stokes was hitting was the turning point. The way he was hitting, clean strikes. Still we have four games left. Hopefully things will turn out better for us.”
23:32 hrs IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore are now mathematically out of the run for the play-off spots.
23:30 hrs IST: Dan Christian finishes it off for RPS as the hosts win the match by 5 wickets.
23:27 hrs IST: Another boundary for Ben Stokes and he brings up his maiden IPL century. RPS 159/5
23:24 hrs IST: Rising Pune Supergiant need 8 runs to win from the last over. But Ben Stokes looks in discomfort as he is suffering from cramps!
23:23 hrs IST: SIX! Ben Stokes moves on to 97*! RPS 153/5
23:22 hrs IST: Ben Stokes (91*) hits the ball hard but just one run for him. RPS 146/5
23:20 hrs IST: Full toss from Thampi and Ben Stokes hits it for a huge six! RPS 143/5
23:18 hrs IST: Good fielding by Dwayne Smith as he saves two runs for his team. RPS 136/5
23:16 hrs IST: Dan Christian’s shot was in the air for a long time, but it landed in the no-man’s land. RPS 133/5
23:13 hrs IST: A brilliant shot by Ben Stokes as he moves to 77*. RPS 125/5
23:10 hrs IST: OUT! MS Dhoni hits it flat but the ball ends up in the hands of Brendon McCullum as the former RPS skipper falls for 26. RPS 118/5
23:07 hrs IST: Rising Pune Supergiant need 44 runs to win from 24 balls. RPS 118/4
23:05 hrs IST: Fourth six for Ben Stokes! The England international is playing a blinder! RPWS 110/4
23:00 hrs IST: SIX! A huge one from MS Dhoni as the fight back continues from the RPS batsmen. RPS 97/4
22:57 hrs IST: 14 overs gone. RPS need 72 runs to win from 6 overs.
22:55 hrs IST: Uncharacteristic innings by MS Dhoni today as he has scored 15 off 26 balls.
22:50 hrs IST: It has been a cautious innings by Ben Stokes and he will be key for RPS as they need 75 from 42 balls.
22:46 hrs IST: FIFTY! Second half century for Ben Stokes! RPS 73/4
22:42 hrs IST: 10 overs gone. Ben Stokes (46*) have taken RPS to 67/4 in 10 overs.
22:40 hrs IST: Consecutive sixes for Ben Stokes ! RPS 64/4
22:36 hrs IST: Cautious play by Ben Stokes and MS Dhoni. RPS 52/4 after 9 overs.
22:33 hrs IST: First boundary for MS Dhoni! RPS 51/4
22:29 hrs IST: Ankit Soni is the new bowler for Gujarat Lions. RPS 46/4
22:25 hrs IST: 6 overs gone. Rising Pune Supergiant are struggling on 43 for the loss of 4 wickets.
22:23 hrs IST: OUT! Fourth wicket goes down for RPS as Rahul Tripathi is run out for 6. RPS 42/4
22:20 hrs IST: It was short from Sangwan and Rahul Tripathi made no mistake in guiding it to the boundary. RPS 37/3
22:18 hrs IST: SIX! A maximum from Ben Stokes as RPS fight back. RPS 32/3
22:17 hrs IST: 4 overs gone. Rising Pune Supergiant are 25 for the loss of 3 wickets.
22:13 hrs IST: Another boundary for Ben Stokes. RPS 21/3
22:09 hrs IST: Elegant shot by Ben Stokes and he gets a boundary straight down the wicket. RPS 15/3
22:07 hrs IST: Horrible start for Rising Pune Supergiant as they are 11/3 after 2 overs.
22:04 hrs IST: OUT! Manoj TIwary departs for a duck as he was caught LBW by Basil Thampi. RPS 10/3
22:01 hrs IST: OUT! Another wicket for Pradeep Sangwan as RPS lose their skipper Steve Smith. RPS 8/2
22:00 hrs IST: Steve Smith is the new batsman for RPS and he gets a boundary straight away. RPS 8/1
21:58 hrs IST: OUT! Huge wicket for RPS as Pradeep Sangwan traps Rahane LBW for 4. RPS 4/1
21:55 hrs IST: Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi to open the innings for Rising Pune Supergiant.
21:41 hrs IST: OUT! Jaydev Unadkat finishes it off for RPS as he castles Ankit Soni for a duck. GL all out for 161.
21:40 hrs IST: OUT! A direct hit from MS Dhoni and that’s the end of Dinesh Karthik for 29. GL 161/9
21:38 hrs IST: FOUR! A reverse sweep from Dinesh Karthik! GL 160/8
21:35 hrs IST: Finally a boundary for Dinesh Karthik! GL 155/8
21:31 hrs IST: A loose shot from Pradeep Sangwan as he ends up giving an easy catch to Rahul Tripathi. GL 147/8
21:27 hrs IST: A smart catch by Steve Smith and that’s the end of James Faulkner. GL 146/7
21:23 hrs IST: After 17 overs, Gujarat Lions are 146 for the loss of 6 wickets. Good bowling display by the Rising Pune Supergiant bowlers.
21:19 hrs IST: 16 overs gone. Gujarat Lions are 140 for the loss of 6 wickets.
21:15 hrs IST: OUT! Ravindra Jadeja could not handle the short ball and Dan Christian dismisses him for 19. GL 135/6
21:13 hrs IST: Cautious batting by Jadeja and Karthik as they look to rebuild the Gujarat Lions innings. GL 133/5
21:09 hrs IST: Shardul Thakur strays in his line and it’s easy picking on the leg side for Jadeja. GL 128/5
21:06 hrs IST: Another boundary for Ravindra Jadeja as GL are 122 for the loss of 5 wickets.
21:03 hrs IST: With scores of 0,1,5,4,0 in his last 5 T20 innings Dwayne Smith has turned out to be a liability for Gujarat Lions this season. GL 117/5
20:59 hrs IST: OUT! Brendon McCullum looked to play a lofted shot, but was caught in the deep by Ajinkya Rahane for 45. GL 109/5
20:57 hrs IST: A stylish shot from Dinesh Karthik and the ball rushes through the point region for a boundary. GL 108/4
20:53 hrs IST: 100 comes up for Gujarat Lions in the11th over with McCullum batting on 44. GL 100/4
20:49 hrs IST: OUT! Dwayne Smith goes for a sweep but the ball beats his bat and rattles the stumps. GL 94/4
20:47 hrs IST: OUT! Aaron Finch misreads the googly completely and ends up giving an easy catch back to Imran Tahir. GL 94/3
20:45 hrs IST: What a hit from Aaron Finch! The ball travelled miles for his first six of the game. GL 92/2
20:44 hrs IST: A huge six for Brendon McCullum as he moves on to 38. GL 86/1
20:41 hrs IST: A clean hit from Aaron Finch as he gets his first boundary of the game. GL 80/1
20:38 hrs IST: OUT! Suresh Raina goes for a tough second run and a brilliant work from MS Dhoni results in his run out for 8. GL 71/2
20:34 hrs IST: Imran Tahir is currently the second most successful bowler in IPL 2017 with 16 wickets. GL 70/1
20:31 hrs IST: A solid shot from Brendon McCullum and the Kiwi gets his fourth boundary of the match. GL 65/1
20:28 hrs IST: Ishan Kishan was looking quite promising but a loose shot from the youngster and Washington Sundar made no mistake in taking the catch. GL 56/1
20:26 hrs IST: OUT! Big wicket for Rising Pune Supergiant as Ishan Kishan is caught off Imran Tahir for 31. GL 55/1
20:23 hrs IST: 50 comes up for Gujarat Lions in the 6th over with consecutive fours for Ishan Kishan. GL 55/0
20:20 hrs IST: SIX! A huge shot from McCullum and Gujarat Lions are off to a blinder. GL 45/0
20:18 hrs IST: McCullum joins the party as he slams a four through the point region. GL 39/0
20:15 hrs IST: Second six of the match for Ishan Kishan. GL 35/0 after 4 overs.
20:12 hrs IST: Before this match, McCullum had scored just 13 off 21 balls from left-arm quicks: Nehra, McClenaghan and Aravind. GL 24/0
20:09 hrs IST: The batsmen have been quite cautious till now. GL 16/0
20:07 hrs IST: Great start by the youngster as he conceded just one run in the over. GL 12/0
20:05 hrs IST: Washington Sundar to bowl the second over. GL 11/0
20:04 hrs IST: A fine touch by McCullum and the ball rushes to the third-man boundary. GL 11/0
20:03 hrs IST: A cracking shot by Brendon McCullum and he gets the first boundary of the match. GL 5/0
20:01 hrs IST: Jaydev Unadkat to bowl the first over for RPS while Ishan Kishan and Brendon McCullum are the openers for Gujarat Lions. GL 1/0
19:59 hrs IST: The match is underway!
19:54 hrs IST: Here’s the Gujarat Lions XI: I Kishan, B McCullum, S Raina, A Finch, Smith, D Karthik, Faulkner, Jadeja, Soni, Thampi, Sangwan.
19:48 hrs IST: A look at the Rising Pune Supergiant squad - Rahane, Tripathi, Smith, Tiwary, MS Dhoni, Stokes, Christian, W Sundar, Unadkat, S Thakur, Tahir .
19:45 hrs IST: Just one change for Gujarat Lions - Pradeep Sangwan comes in for Irfan Pathan.
19:43 hrs IST: Two changes for Rising Pune Supergiant - Ben Stokes comes in for Lockie Ferguson and Shardul Thakur replaces Deepak Chahar.
19:37 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma scored 56 off 37 balls as Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 wickets in the first match of the day.
19:32 hrs IST: Rising Pune Supergiant opt to field first after winning the toss against Gujarat Lions.
19:30 hrs IST: Time for the toss! Follow live cricket score for this encounter here.
19:24 hrs IST: The first match of the day is going down to the wire as Mumbai Indians need 25 runs to win from 14 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Follow the action here.
19:19 hrs IST: The absence of Andrew Tye will be a big blow for GL in this match as he was the wrecker-in-chief when these two teams met earlier in the competition. The Aussie pacer took five wickets to ensure the victory for Gujarat Lions and his injury could not have come at a worse time for his side.
19:13 hrs IST: Rising Pune Supergiant was quite dominant in their last match as they pummeled Royal Challengers Bangalore by 61 runs. Lockie Ferguson was their hero as he finished with figures of 2/7 from his four overs.
19:07 hrs IST: Gujarat Lions came extremely close to winning their last game against Mumbai Indians on Saturday but a brilliant performance by Jasprit Bumrah in the super over proved to be their downfall.
19:03 hrs IST: Gujarat Lions have a perfect record against Rising Pune Supergiant in the Indian Premier League. GL have won all three encounters between these two teams.
19:01 hrs IST: Welcome to the Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions.
However, RPS will be starting the match as favourites thanks to their impressive form in the tournament. Skipper Steve Smith scored a 41-ball-45 on Saturday as they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 61 runs and that win took them to fourth spot on the points table.
On the other hand, Gujarat Lions have not enjoyed a good run of form in this year’s tournament and have managed to win just 3 out of their 9 matches.
They will also be missing the services of Aussie pacer Andrew Tye who injured his left shoulder while fielding on the boundary during their loss against Mumbai Indians on Saturday. Tye, who claimed a five-wicket haul, including a hattrick, on his IPL debut was the most successful bowler for his side this season.