It was once again the Smith-McCullum show at the top of the order for Gujarat Lions, which helped them defeat the clueless unit of Rising Pune Supergiants. The opening duo of the Lions was at its destructive best, as the target of 196 was made to look peanuts when the two were on song. However, some senseless and brainless batting from the Lions later on, meant that the game was stretched till the very last ball.
Ultimately, it was Gujarat Lions who won the game and cemented their position in the top rung of the table. For Pune, their bowling looks utterly bleak and directionless. The new ball bowlers have failed to strike barring the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, and with few games to go now, the bowlers must step up.
In the post-match presentation, MS Dhoni stated that his bowlers had let him down yet again. “I think bowling isn’t clicking for us. First 6 overs, 60 runs – It’s not quite working for us. We definitely need to improve our new ball bowling. We need to crack the code quickly; else we will be on the receiving end. Injuries are something beyond our control. We have lost a few players in the batting department but the new ball bowling is something have struggled consistently,” said Dhoni.
“There are still some areas where the players can step up. I like it when there is not much break between the 2 games. Yes! We need to sort out a few things before the next game,” added Dhoni. The Supergiants next square off against Mumbai Indians at Pune on the 1st of May.
Dwayne Smith was named the Man of the Match and he looked pleased with his contribution. “I always love opening, especially opening with Baz. Hope we continue doing the same. They strated well; but as soon we smashed a few off the middle, they went on the back foot. The guys are really up for it and we have a good coach. Also awesome background staff, hope we continue winning,” said Smith.