IPL: Finch, McCullum stand gives Gujarat easy 7-wicket win over Pune

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 14, 2016 23:18 IST
Gujarat Lions’ Dinesh Karthik (front) and Aaron Finch take a single during the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Kings XI Punjab at The Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on April 11, 2016. (AFP)


A wide by RP Singh off the last ball and Gujarat Lions complete a comfortable 7-wicket win over Rising Pune in the ‘CSK vs CSK’ battle.

Over 18: 12 off Bhatia kills the contest. 163/3

Over 17: 4 off M Ashwin and Raina’s wicket. 151/3

16.1 M Ashwin to Raina, OUT

This time, Dhoni doesn’t miss the stumping. This one was bowled flatter, it pitched outside off and straightened after pitching, Raina stepped out and pushed inside the line of the ball, missed it as Dhoni had enough time to whip the bails off. Surely this has come a little too late?

Over 16: Bravo hits Ishant for three consecutive boundaries. 147/2

Over 15: Just 3 from Ashwin. 132/2

Over 14: 9 from Ishant and the wicket of McCullum. 129/2

13.1 Sharma to McCullum, OUT

Is that the break they were looking for? McCullum skipped down three paces, looked to pull but was cramped for room, top-edged it towards Faf who took it easily at cover. After a passage of slow bowling, the change of pace perhaps did McCullum in. End of a fine innings

Over 13: 6 off Bhatia. 120/1

Over 12: A four and six from McCullum off R Ashwin. 114/1

Over 11: 8 from M Ashwin. 101/1

Over 10: 6 runs off R Ashwin. 93/1

Over 9: 2 runs off M Ashwin and the much-needed wicket. 87/1

8.3 M Ashwin to Finch, OUT

The young man has a wicket against the run of play. This one was once again a flatter delivery, but wasn’t all tjat short, Finch went for the sweep, struck it well but picked out Ishant, the lone man at deep square leg. M Ashwin lets out a roar, he was under pressure but has come back well.

Over 8: 10 conceded by Marsh. 85/0

Over 7: Finch hits Bhatia for two sixes. 75/0

Over 6: Four boundaries in M Ashwin’s first over. 62/0

Over 5: Just 4 from Ashwin’s first over. 42/0

Over 4: Finch hits Ishant for two boundaries. 38/0

Over 3: Two McCullum sixes in that over from RP Singh. 27/0

Over 2: A boundary from Finch in that Ishant over. 13/0

Over 1: 7 off RP Singh’s first over, including a McCullum boundary. Gujarat 7/0

Some late hitting from Dhoni helps Rising Pune post a competitive 163/5 after the wickets of well-set du Plessis and Pietersen led to a collapse of sorts. Will it be enough against the likes of McCullum and Co?

Over 19: 2 and the wicket of Marsh. 143/5

18.4 Jadeja to Marsh, OUT

He was struggling and Jadeja’s ensured Marsh’s stint is a short one. Fired into middle from wide of the crease, Marsh looked to swing that over midwicket but was cramped for room, missed it as the ball cannoned into the stumps

Over 18: 5 off Bravo. 141/4

Over 17: 2 off Jadeja and the wicket of Smith. 136/4

16.2 Jadeja to Smith, OUT

Fired full and wide outside off, Smith reaches out for it and swings through, ball finds the centre of the bat but lodges safely in the hands of the man at sweeper cover.

Over 16: 13 off Tambe and the wicket of du Plessis. 134/3

15.4 Tambe to du Plessis, OUT

Reward for Tambe, but has it come too late? This was once again fired in, it slipped under Faf’s eyeline as he looked to launch that over long-on, missed it completely and Dinesh Karthik effected a smart stumping. He would have been slightly blinded by Faf’s march but held his composure and concentration to pull that off.

Over 15: 8 conceded by Faulkner. 121/2

Over 14: Just two and the much-needed breakthrough. 113/2

13.6 Bravo to Pietersen, OUT

He’s got him with that dipping slower delivery once again. KP didn’t look comfortable with that delivery, was deceived as the ball dipped under his eyes, was through with the stroke early as the bottom edge deflected onto the stumps. DJ is back and is dancing to his own tunes

Over 13: Two boundaries in Jakati’s over. 111/1

Over 12: 7 from Faulkner. 100/1

Over 11: 6 off Jakati. 93/1

Over 10: 5 conceded by Tambe. 87/1

Over 9: 6 runs conceded by Jadeja. 82/1

Over 8: 10 off Tambe. 76/1

Over 7: A six from du Plessis off Jadeja’s first over. 66/1

Over 6: Expensive first over from Bravo, two sixes off it. 57/1

Over 5: A six and four comes off Jakati. 41/1

Over 4: 5 from Tambe and the wicket of in-form Ajinkya Rahane. 28/1

3.5 Tambe to Rahane, OUT

He’s got his man. The wily old fox has dismissed his younger Mumbai teammate. This one was pushed through quicker on middle, not much turn, Rahane plays across the line, and is hit on the pad. Umpire Nandan didn’t hesitate to raise his finger, and he was right. That would have hit middle.

Over 3: Du Plessis with a boundary off Kumar. 23/0

Over 2: Rahane hits consecutive boundaries off Jakati. 16/0

Over 1: 5 runs off the first over from Praveen Kumar. Rising Pune 5/0

Rising Pune Supergiants captain MS Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat first against Gujarat Lions in the IPL match at Rajkot on Thursday.

Dhoni’s Gujarat counterpart Suresh Raina said he too would have wanted to bat first.


Rising Pune Supergiants

F du Plessis, A Rahane, K Pietersen, S Smith, MS Dhoni, M Marsh, R Bhatia, R Ashwin, M Ashwin, I Sharma, RP Singh

Gujarat Lions

A Finch, B McCullum, S Raina, D Karthik, DJ Bravo, R Jadeja, J Faulkner, A Nath, P Kumar, S Jakati, P Tambe

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