It was like old college buddies had been reunited but still there was an important cricket match that had to be won. They were probably two of the most close knits units in Indian Premier League before they got separated for a fault that was not theirs. Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings players were auctioned as they observed helplessly their single team split into two.
Friends thus ended up foes. Teammates became opponents to each other and competed in Rajkot on 14th of April. It was Rising Pune Super Giants VS Gujarat Lions. Or we can say Ajinkya Rahane VS James Faulkner. You may as well like Ravichandran Ashwin VS Ravindra Jadeja.
Suresh Raina’s side drew the first blood to defeat Rising Pune Supergiants by 7 wickets and get a second win in the 2016 IPL.
Brendon McCullum and Ravindra played their parts to get the victory for their side while Finch went on with his impressive form. Gujarat Lions were boosted by a fantastic 85-run opening stand off just 8.3 overs and that laid the platform for the victory.
It was vital that Gujarat Lions make good use of the hard new ball after seeing the manner in which their opponents struggle in the second half of the innings when the field began to hold up. McCullum and Finch made sure exactly that happened.
Finch slammed Ishant Sharmafor two fours while McCullum slammed RP Singh for two sixes after there was a quiet two first overs. Ashwin Murugan was introduced into the attack in the final over of the powerplay.
Finch went on with his big hitting and got a second consecutive fifty.
A slip in momentum became costly for Dhoni’s side.
In brief, the scores were as follows: Gujarat Lions got 164/3 in 18 overs win against Rising Pune Supergiants 163/5 in 20 overs.