After losing the opening two matches in IPL season 10, Gujarat Lions will want to open their account against Rising Pune Superjount on Friday. Both teams will be face-to-face in the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium. Gujarat had to face defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Kolkata defeated Gujarat Lions by 10 wickets in the first match, while Sunrisers defeated them by nine wickets in the second match. For Gujarat, however, the biggest relief in this match is the return of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. Jadeja’s return will give the team new strength The BCCI’s health team had advised Jadeja to rest for two weeks.
Captain Raina and Karthik (47 and 30) only took responsibility in the middle order, Raina scored an unbeaten 68 against KKR on home ground. The West Indies’ Dwayne Smith can be aggressive with the bat, but the main problem in Gujarat is lack of experience and sharpness in his bowling unit. In the first two matches, Gujarat Lions bowlers got only one wicket .
Joining of Jadeja and veteran Munaf Patel in the last eleven will surely strengthen the team’s bowling attack.
Gujrat Lions Vs Rising Pune Supergiants Streaming , Score & Team Details
Match : Gujrat Lions Vs Rising Pune Supergiants
Vanue : Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
Time : 08:00 PM
Pune started this edition with victory, but after that he had to face defeat in the next two games. In the remaining two matches, Pune had defeated by Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils. Manoj Tiwary, who is not part of the team after skipper Steven Smith, who missed the match due to stomach upset in the last match and his father’s death, can return to the team in this match.
Pune had bought England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes at the highest price, but he has not yet performed as expected. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir has bowled well for Pune and has emerged as the main bowler. Both teams need to win in the tournament , this match will be crucial for both.
Rising Pune Supergaints Team : Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, Manoj Tiwary, Ben Stokes, MS Dhoni, Rahul Tripathi, Lucky Ferguson, Ankit Sharma, Rahul Chahar, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur.
Gujarat Lions Team : Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Smith, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Andrew Ti, Shadab Jakati, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Basil Thampi