Player of the Match
Player of the Match

18 | 21 Runs | GL: 172/3 | RR: 9.55

  • AJ Finch33 (19b)
  • SK Raina35 (22b)
  • LH Ferguson4-0-44-0
  • SN Thakur3-0-14-1

That does it for this game. What a Friday this has been. Low-scoring thriller, high-scoring scorcher, and of course, highlight of the day - and who would have thought this would happen- two hat-tricks in a day. We hope you enjoyed all of it, as well as our coverage. Double-header again tomorrow and it promises plenty of action. Come back then to join us. For now, goodbye from all of us here. Thank you for joining us.

"It's a good format of cricket, but traditionally, I would still love to play Test cricket. The slower ball worked very well for me", says Andrew Tye, Man of the Match. "Every wicket is different around the world, so you have to assess conditions to find out which ball works where."

"I think when we lost two games, it was difficult for us to come back strongly", says Lions captain Suresh Raina. "I thought AJ bowled brilliantly. He is a very smart cricketer who varies his pace, especially in the death overs. Jason Roy missed out today, but then Baz and Smith did it for us. They have done it for CSK and they did it again today."

Aditi: "Cricket has become so brutal. Fun but alien. And there are kids watching for whom this is how it's played."

11.16pm That was some display of power hitting. Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum, how many times they have done this? It was an opening burst that simply razed Supergiant and they never quite recovered from that despite a few wickets in the middle overs. Lions win with two overs to spare and this will come in handy for their poor net run rate.

Abdullah: "Today, I felt that the young local fast bowlers, Basil Thampi and Shardul Thakur did pretty well, but they go unnoticed due to other dominant performances, am I right Akshay?" Absolutely. Thakur, especially. And his change-ups in pace in his final over were pretty impressive.

gulzar: "What a fantastic bowling both by s badree and andrew tye"

Akshay: "I still wonder why GL tried different combination than last year in few matches, this team looks strong. Just missing Bravo"

"I don't think that wicket really changed over the course of 40 overs," says Supergiant captain Steven Smith. "It was a pretty good wicket. We got ourselves into a good position but lost a few wickets in clumps and we weren't good enough tonight. The surface played better than we thought it would. When Dwayne and McCullum get going, it's hard to stop them and we could not come back after that. One of the disadvantages of being a new team, Gujarat are on the same boat, we are still trying to find out our best XI. A few guys put their hands up tonight, which was good."

Ferguson to Finch, SIX runs, and this time he targets long-on. Uses the depth of the crease and shifts back in the crease. Lofted off the pads with a straight bat and he pummels it clean and straight over the boundary. Seals the game with back-to-back sixes.
Ferguson to Finch, SIX runs, that's a biggie. Powerful wrists. Angling in at pace, 145 kph, on the pads and Finch flicks it off the pads, a long way into the stands over deep square leg
Ferguson to Finch, 2 runs, too full, drilled hard past midwicket who runs to his left but fails to get down completely
Ferguson to Raina, 1 run, full, outside off, pushed down to mid-off for a single
Ferguson to Finch, 1 run, full, pushed to mid-on for a single
Ferguson to Finch, FOUR runs, dropped. Imran Tahir with a shoddy effort at deep backward square leg. Fullish length, angling in, flicked off the pads uppishly and Tahir is slightly late in reacting to it. Puts it down and to his horror, watches the ball go past the boundary

Sashi Kurucheti: "Finally some redemption for Andrew Tye.. Remember him bowling the 20th over in IndvAus 3rd t20 last year and one other match too, and being at the receiving end on both occasions unable to defend some big runs.."

Ferguson to Finch, 1 wide, short, angling down leg, Finch tries to pull and misses

17 | 5 Runs | GL: 151/3 (21 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.88, RRR: 7.00)

  • SK Raina34 (21b)
  • AJ Finch14 (14b)
  • SN Thakur3-0-14-1
  • Imran Tahir4-0-53-1
Thakur to Raina, no run, short ball, goes over leg stump, ducked under
Thakur to Raina, no run, short of a length at 119kph, knocked back to the bowler
Thakur to Finch, 1 run, slower short ball, good change in pace, Finch picks it, waits for it and watchfully pulls it away to deep midwicket
Thakur to Raina, 1 run, low full toss outside off, flicked out to deep midwicket
Thakur to Raina, 2 runs, full, wide, driven superbly off the front foot to the left of sweeper for a couple

The 10 boundaries conceded by Imran Tahir are his most in an innings in T20Is and IPL.

Tahir's worst


Boundaries (fours and sixes) conceded by Imran Tahir against Gujarat Lions, the most he has conceded in the IPL or T20Is

Hat-trick Friday


Previous instances of two hat-tricks on the same day of the IPL. Andrew Tye's followed Samuel Badree's hat-trick against Mumbai Indians in the day's first match.

Debutant's high


Number of wickets taken by Andrew Tye while giving away 17 runs - the best figures by an IPL debutant as well as his T20 career best.

Messy Praveen


Number of runs conceded by Praveen Kumar in the fifth over of the innings - the joint-most Rising Pune have scored in one over of the IPL against any team.



No. of balls taken for Rising Pune to get fifty in this match - their quickest in the IPL