Gujarat Lions have finally won their first match in the IPL 2017. They were playing their third game and were under huge pressure after losing two games back to back. But, they have finally turned the things around in this match as they played well in all departments to outperform Pune side. On the other hand is this third consecutive loss for Pune side which puts them under lots of pressure. Get GL vs RPS highlights of IPL 2017 Match 13 here.
Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) have not managed to perform well in any of the games except the first one where they beat Mumbai Indians. In this match also their bowling led them down. They did make some changes to their bowling attack but still, they were smashed to all parts of the ground. They will soon need to find a good bowler that could give them wickets.
The match started with Suresh Raina winning the toss and deciding to field first. It was a very wise decision considering the fact that Gujarat has the quality batsman in their lineup. The match started perfectly for Gujarat team as they got the wicket of dangerous Rahane very quickly. But, after that Smith and Rahul Tripathi formed a good partnership and did not allow any bowler to settle. They smashed the ball to all part of the ground. Smith got out on 43 while Rahul made 33 of 17 balls.
As soon as these two batsmen were dismissed, Pune went under lots of pressure and kept losing wickets on the regular interval. The credit must go to Andre Tye, the Australian t20 specialist bowler who made this match his by picking up 5 wickets in the game which also included a brilliant hat-trick. He should have got 6 but Jadeja dropped the catch on the final bowl on the inning. Pune finished them in at 171/8.
In reply, Gujarat started the inning with Smith and Brendon. They almost made the mockery of the bowling attack. They smoked the ball to all part and did not spare any bowlers. Imran Tahir who was in great form and other batsman were struggling to pick in earlier matches also went the distance. They ensured that Gujarat got the start they needed to chase down the total. Bredon got out for 49 and smith was dismissed for 47.
The match was finished by Raina and Finch who added 35 and 33 respectively. It was the brilliant performance by Gujarat in both bowling and batting department. Yes, they did start the match shaky but did well to restrict Pune to the low score.
The star of the match was Andre Tye who picked 5 wickets. This was the best performance by any bowler on debut. After this win surely Gujarat will have got their confidence back and would love to continue this winning form.