This game will be remembered as most changes made by the sides, as a total of nine changes were made in totality. Gujarat Lions made four changes to the side, whereas, Pune replaced five players.
Suresh Raina led Gujarat Lions won the toss and decided to bowl first against Rising Pune Supergiant with a totally rejigged side. Skipper Raina made a total of four changes to the side.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja returned to the eleven to strengthen the depleted Lions, whereas, Andrew Tye, Ishan Kishan and Shadab Jakati were the other additions. On the other hand, Shivil Kaushik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jason Roy and Tejas Baroka made way for the above-mentioned players.
For the oppositions, Steven Smith returned to lead the Rising Pune side with five changes. Manoj Tiwary, who skipped the last game due to a demise of his father also made a comeback in place of an underperforming Mayank Agarwal.
Skipper Smith went ahead with a spin-heavy attack, as Rahul Chahar again replaced his brother Deepak Chahar, whereas, spinner Ankit Sharma was also included.
Shardul Thakur will be playing just his second IPL game on Friday. This will be his first game for Rising Pune franchise. New Zealand’s Lockie Ferguson will be playing his first game in IPL also.
Thakur came in place of Ashok Dinda, whereas, Rajat Bhatia was dropped for Ankit Sharma. as Ferguson replaced Adam Zampa.
Here is playing XI of both the sides –
Gujarat Lions (Playing XI): Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Suresh Raina(c), Dwayne Smith, Ishan Kishan(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Andrew Tye, Shadab Bashir Jakati, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Basil Thampi.
Rising Pune Supergiant (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith(c), Manoj Tiwary, Ben Stokes, MS Dhoni(w), Rahul Tripathi, Lockie Ferguson, Ankit Sharma, Rahul Chahar, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur.
Here is what captains said at the toss –
“I would have probably bowled first as well; keeping with the trend at the moment. We got Ankit coming in for this game, Rahul and Tahir as well. I am feeling much better. Went down for a couple of days and it wasn’t much fun, nice to be back and will try and contribute tonight. We have to learn from mistakes and need to do things that we have done well. Hopefully, we keep learning right throughout the IPL.”
“We want to bowl first. The wicket gets better and if you see the last two games we haven’t bowled well while bowling defend. We will try to bowl well and restrict them. We have changed four players. It was crucial to win the toss and hopefully, we will do well later on. He’s (Jadeja) done really well and he is playing today. He’s been bowling really and hitting it well. When Bravo comes back we will be sorted. Hopefully, he can be a match-winner for us.”