Gujarat got off the mark with a comprehensive win against Pune
Chasing a target of 172 in their first game at home, Gujarat Lions cruised home despite a little hick-up midway.
Cricingif takes a look at some of the talking points of the game.
RPS had looked an ordinary side in the absence of their skipper in the last game. He returned in this game and provided a solid start to his side with 43 off 28 balls. But regular strikes following his departure and an onslaught from Gujarat batsmen meant RPS couldn’t turn up.
Smith’s wrist work on show
Smith goes over long on
Pune’s former skipper’s rough patch with the bat continued as he could only manage 5 off 8 balls. Dhoni has scored 33 runs at an average of 11 in four games this season.
Dhoni had another ordinary outing with the bat
In search for their first win of the season, Gujarat’s openers blazed away right from the start. Brandon McCullum and DR Smith combined to add 94 for the first wicket partnership.
Smith goes over midwicket
McCullum goes flat over cover
Even Tahir couldn’t manage the onslaught
McCullum launches Tahir downtown
Andrew Tye was the highlight of the day who got a five-for on his debut, including a hat-trick of the last ball of the innings. He ended with the figures of 5/17.
Ankit Sharma became the first wicket of the hat-trick
Manoj Tiwary followed Ankit next ball
Shardul Thakur’s wicket gave Tye his hat-trick and five-for