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IPL 2016 Match 6: Gujarat Lions beat Rising Pune Supergiants by 7 wickets

Updated: 14 April 2016 23:40 IST - Published: 14 April 2016 00:09 IST
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That's it from us today! Fabulous win for Gujarat today. We shall be back tomorrow LIVE for the 7th game of the IPL between the Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. Till then, goodnight!
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MOTM Aaron Finch said, "It's obviously nice to contribute to winning the first two games. Started off scratch and got a bit lucky. It was great batting with Baz. Baz is a special player and I'm very happy he's in our team. It's a great start to the tournament, against Pune, ably led by MS Dhoni. Would love to get some more wickets in the first six overs."
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Man of the match - Aaron Finch.
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Winning captain Suresh Raina said, "First game at home, we played very good cricket today. When you have Faulkner and Bravo, the game is never over. Hence, I decided to play 3 spinners as it's such a big ground. Credit to Tambe and Jadeja for bowling well. Bravo was the main player for us and we wanted to give him a chance to bat today. Finch and Baz set the tone for us. Captain is such a name for me but there are so many leaders in the squad so we just share the thoughts in the dressing room."
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It always seemed like it was going to be a bit short. But it depended on whether the bowlers could put in a strong performance and make it difficult for the batsmen. And they didn't. Add that to the fact that they were bowling at Finch and McCullum in good form and it was easy work for Gujarat. They will also be glad that Bravo clicked with the bat, impressing with a cameo.
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It's back to the drawing board for Dhoni and the RPSG. They got off to a wonderful start with Faf and KP laying the perfect foundation. However, once those two batsmen got out, it was a bit of a collapse. They should have ended up with a score of 180+ but only managed 163/5 after Dhoni took Bravo for 20 in the final over.
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Losing captain MS Dhoni, "I think it was a good score. On this wicket, it's important how you bowl in the first six. We conceded 60, which was not good enough. I didn't want to bowl M Ashwin so early but I was forced since the seamers were poor. I think we need to fix our compisition, there are a few areas where we need to decide who is the best player in each position. We're a new franchise and don't have the luxury of too many all rounders."
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OH come on! There is no way the game ended like that. Jadeja was ready to send it into the stands, he was ready, RP Singh charges in and bowls a WIDE! Sad, sad finish. Where is our poster finish? But nonetheless, great win for the Gujarat Lions! They have romped home to victory in the first game at the SCA Stadium, Rajkot by 7 wickets with 12 balls to spare.
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18.1 Singh to Jadeja, 1 WIDE, such a sad way to end the game, bangs the ball in and it sails over Jadeja down the leg side. Solid performance from the home team.
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RP Singh to bowl.
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Just 1 to win now, all the attention shifts to Jadeja. What a moment for him as he gets to hit the winning runs in his home ground. Does he do it in style? How inspired is he by MSD? We shall see.
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17.6 Bhatia to Bravo, SIX, backs away and lofts a full ball inside half over covers for a typical Bravo maximum. All grace and poise from Bravo.
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17.5 Bhatia to Bravo, 2 runs, full ball and not timed well to long on and Smith fumbles and they cross over for a brace.
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17.5 Bhatia to Jadeja, 1 NO BALL, tapped to long on, FREE HIT time for the DJ!
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Dhoni must be disappointed with his team's bowling performance today. Much was made of Pune's bowling line up prior to the tournament. Many people felt it wasn't good enough but they responded superbly in the game against Mumbai. Today, however, has been a sterner test, and they have come up short.
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17.4 Bhatia to Jadeja, no run, slower ball on a length and tapped to short cover.
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17.3 Bhatia to Bravo, 1 LEG BYE, kisses the pads, past Dhoni for a single.
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17.2 Bhatia to Jadeja, 1 run, tapped to Marsh at short mid-wicket and they rush across for a quick single.
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17.1 Bhatia to Jadeja, no run, straight ball patted to short mid-wicket.
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Rajat Bhatia to bowl.
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Great stuff from M Ashwin, well rewarded with the wickets of Raina & Finch. We'll see more of him this IPL.
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16.6 M Ashwin to Jadeja, 1 run, off the back-foot played to Pietersen at deep mid-wicket.
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16.5 M Ashwin to Jadeja, no run, played to short mid-wicket with the turn and he taken off, sent back, they go up for the decision, he is safe there Jadeja.
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16.4 M Ashwin to Bravo, 1 run, another loopy ball and driven uppishly to Ishant.