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IPL 2017 Match 42: Delhi Daredevils Vs Gujarat Lions – DD Predicted XI

Thanks to a fine batting performance against Sunrisers Hyderabad, the Delhi Daredevils have kept their campaign alive in the tournament. Up next, they are pitted against a side that hasn’t looked impressive at all this season and languishes in the bottom half of the points tally – Gujarat Lions.


The previous game was just an example of why Karun Nair is rated so highly by everyone around him. Thanks to his superlative start where he blazed his way to 39 off just 20 deliveries, the Daredevils found the much-needed kick and were put on course to win the game. Sanju Samson must also be credited for finally living up to the expectations and doing well as an opener.


Another win here for the Daredevils and they could enter the mid-table and if the Rising Pune Supergiant loses to the Knight Riders at Kolkata, then they will find themselves in an even better position. All in all, Delhi cannot afford any goof ups at this stage now.



The two sides are yet to face off this season, and their previous clash was witnessed on the 3rd of May 2016 at Rajkot. It was a game best remembered for the heroics of Rishab Pant, who while opening the innings, rocketed his team in a moderate run chase.


Needing just 150 to win on a batting paradise, the Daredevils were off and running right away thanks to Pant’s aggressive start at the top. The southpaw scored 69 off just 40 deliveries as he made full use of the powerplay. The Daredevils eventually won with more than 2 overs to spare and Pant was duly named the Man of the Match.


Recent form this season:

DD: W, L, L, L, L

GL: L, L, W, L, W


Talkint Points:

In Zaheer Khan’s absence, Mohammad Shami led the bowling unit excellently as he was named the Man of the Match in the side’s victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Shami’s yorker to send back danger man David Warner was the perfect execution of bowling a yorker. High of confidence, Shami will be eager to replicate his heroics against the batting heavy Gujarat Lions.


Kagiso Rabada endured a horror game where Yuvraj Singh tonked him to all parts of the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. Conceding 59 runs in 4 overs, Rabada was definitely not at his best. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he was axed for Pat Cummins.


DD Predicted XI:

  1. S. Samson 2. K. Nair (c) 3. S. Iyer 4. R. Pant 5. C. Anderson 6. A. Mathews 7. C. Morris 8. P. Cummins 9. A. Mishra 10. M. Shami 11. S. Nadeem



Pune and Gujarat Will Not Play IPL Next Season, Confirms Gujarat’s Owner

Indian Premier League’s newest teams Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant will not be part of next year’s edition as they are set to be replaced by old franchises Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, confirmed Gujarat Lions owner Keshav Bansal.

Earlier there has been suggestions that the cash-rich league could be extended to ten teams but with the suspension of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals coming to an end by next year, the IPL governing council is keen to stick to an eight-franchise league.

“As we speak today, the contract states that the two new teams Pune and Gujarat will go out, so that’s the fact of the matter,” Bansal told Cricbuzz on Wednesday (May 3).

“When we bought the team, it was very clear that we will be buying it only for two years and after two years, these two teams will go out and the other two will come back, so that’s the way it is.”

However, Keshav Bansal has insisted that there are keen to prolong their association with Indian Premier League.

“For sure, the intention is there,” he said. “When we bought the team it was a different scenario, today it’s a different scenario, I’m quite attached to IPL personally and professionally both so I think the economics and all the other factors should be feasible, so given a chance we would love to (continue),” he added.

Both Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant have managed to get a good fan base over the course of the two years. Gujarat Lions have managed to reach the playoffs in the first season but Rising Pune Supergiant had a forgettable last season.

However, the men from Pune are turning tables well this season as they are looking favourites to qualify for playoffs this season. Meanwhile, Gujarat Lions have failed to deliver consistent performances this season as their chances to qualify for playoffs look slim.

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IPL 2017: Delhi Daredevils v Gujarat Lions – Predicted XI Of Gujarat Lions

Gujarat Lions’ dismal show this season which reads as only 3 wins 7 matches now means that they are out of the tournament. This is quite strange as the same unit made it to the playoffs with elan in their debut season last year.

However, a string pf poor performances and injury troubles to key players meant that they ended up underperforming very badly. Their only good performance in recent times came against the already struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore who they beat by 7 wickets a week ago.

Previous Encounter:

Both teams are meeting pretty late in the tournament and are meeting for the first time. As far as the previous meetings are concerned the two side have met twice in the previous season and have a 1-1 head to head record.

Lions’ previous encounter with Daredevils was on their home turf in Rajkot. It was a dismal show as the visitors registered a simple 8 wicket win. The loss could be credited to the batting failure which saw them post only 149/7 after being put to bat by the opposition.

The pitch wasn’t tricky, at least it didn’t look like when Dinesh Kartik and Ravindra Jadeja were rescuing Lions or at the time DD was chasing the target. The star trio of McCullum, Smith and Finch failed to leave Lions at 24/3.

Raina also achieved a start before losing his wicket at a crucial junction. However, Kartik and Jadeja got into repair work and stabilised the innings, ensuring the team reached a defendable total.

However, the young duo of Quinton de Kock and Rishabh Pant wasted no time and threw Lions out of the contest quickly as they added 115 for the first wicket. Their assault laid the platform for the chase to be done with ease without any drama.

Win/Loss record:

L L W L W (Most recent first)

Talking Points:

All of Suresh Raina’ experiments have earned him little success so far. It has been the bowling department that has caused him problems and he has never looked to have found a solution. The injury to their top performer Andrew Tye only worsened the problem.

Basil Thampi seems like the only bowler who appears to have gained something from this edition and helped his team. Jadeja and Praveen Kumar could not live up to his standards, Shivil Kaushik was a huge disappointment.

Irfan Pathan could not match the hype while others like left-arm seamer Pradeep Sangwan, leg-spinner Ankit Soni and left arm orthodox Shadab Jakati have got only limited opportunities to show their worth.

Predicted XI:

Nathu Singh may get a look in place of Pradeep Sangwan of Raina opt for a more quick bowler to compliment Thampi and James Faulkner.

Here is the XI: Ishan Kishan, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Aaron Finch, Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Kartik, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Pradeep Sangwan, Basil Thampi, Ankit Soni.


IPL 2017: Jason Roy’s IPL Stint Comes To An End

Gujarat Lions will miss the service of Jason Roy for the remainder of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) as the England opener has left India to play for Surrey in two Royal London One-Day Cup fixtures later this month, following the completion of this week’s two-match ODI series against Ireland which will commence on May 5.

The England batsman, who was playing his maiden IPL this season, had originally been expected to return to play in the closing stages of the tournament following the completion of the second ODI at Lord’s on Sunday (May 7). However, the right-handed batsman, who has played just three games for the Lions, had previously expressed his desire of playing some county cricket before the all-important ICC Champions Trophy and the ECB has now released the Surrey start to play in two matches against Essex on May 12 and Hampshire on May 14.

“It’s definitely difficult getting into a different mindset. It’s not really a technical thing; it’s more a mindset thing. Especially going from red ball to white ball. T20 and 50-over cricket can be quite similar. So just playing white-ball cricket would be beneficial coming into the Champions Trophy,” Roy was quoted by the as saying when asked about his eagerness to prepare for the 50-over tournament.

Roy took to Twitter to thank his team for the support.

“Thanks @TheGujaratLions for having me this @IPL. Absolutely love playing cricket here in India and thanks for all the support,” he tweeted.

Roy’s absence, meanwhile, is unlikely to cause a lot of problems for the Lions. The 26-year old had managed to score just 59 runs in 3 outings with the highest score of 31. With just 3 wins in 10 games, the Lions have been struggling this season but Roy could not manage to cement his spot in the team and is now fully concentrating on the games in England to prepare for the Champions Trophy.

England skipper Eoin Morgan (Kings XI Punjab) and Sam Billings (Delhi Daredevils) have also left for England but there is no news on their availability after the Ireland series.

Meanwhile, Ben Stokes (Rising Pune Supergiant), Jos Buttler (Mumbai Indians) and Chris Woakes (Kolkata Knight Riders) have been allowed to miss the ODI series.



IPL 2017: Match Stats – Rising Pune Supergiant vs Gujarat Lions

On Monday night, Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) clinched an important victory against Gujarat Lions (GL) at Pune. RPS decided to field first after winning the toss. GL were bowled out for 161 runs in 19.5 overs.

In reply, despite RPS losing their top order batsmen in an early stage, they still reached the target in 19.5 overs after losing 5 wickets. RPS won this match by 5 wickets with just 1 ball to spare.

Brief Scores: Gujarat Lions (GL) – 161 in 19.5 overs (Brendon McCullum 45, Ishan Kishan 31, Imran Tahir 3/27)

Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) – 167/5 in 19.5 overs (Ben Stokes 103*, MS Dhoni 26, Basil Thampi 2/35)

Result – RPS won by 5 wickets

Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match

  1. GL were bowled out for 161 runs in 19.5 overs. It is the first time when RPS bundled out their opponent team.


  1. RPS left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat bowled very well in this match as his bowling figure was 3.5-0-29-3. It is the best bowling figure by an RPS pacer at their main home ground, Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (Pune). The previous best bowling figure for an RPS pacer at this venue was 3/34 by Thisara Perera against RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) on 22nd April 2016.


  1. RPS batsman Ben Stokes scored a brilliant match-winning century as he remained unbeaten on 103*. Here are some important stats of this brilliant knock:

i) Stokes became the second RPS batsman to score a century. Steven Smith (101) was the first RPS batsman to score a century and that was also against GL at Pune on 29th April 2016.

ii) It is the fourth century in IPL 2017. However, it is the first century in IPL 2017 during a chase.

iii) Ben Stokes scored this century after coming to bat at no.5. Stokes became the third batsman in IPL history who scored a century after coming to bat at no.5. The first two batsmen were: RR batsman Yusuf Pathan (100 against Mumbai Indians at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai on 13th March 2010) and KXIP batsman David Miller (101* against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mohali on 6th May 2013)


  1. RPS batsmen Ben Stokes and MS Dhoni put a brilliant 76 runs partnership for the 5th wicket. Here are some important stats of this partnership:

i) It is RPS’ joint highest partnership for any wicket in IPL 2017. Previously, Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi had put a 76-run partnership for the opening wicket against MI (Mumbai Indians) at Mumbai on 24th April 2017.

ii) Also, it is RPS’ highest runs partnership for 5th wicket. The previous record was 61 runs partnership (for the 5th wicket) between Ben Stokes and Manoj Tiwary against KXIP (Kings XI Punjab) at Indore on 8th April 2017.

Irfan Pathan

IPL 2017: Is This Why Gujarat Lions Dropped Irfan Pathan For The Game Against Rising Pune Supergiant!

Irfan Pathan, who had played just 4 matches last season, is once again looking set to spend majority of the time on the bench of the ongoing Indian Premier League after his poor performance against Mumbai Indians forced Gujarat Lions to replace him with Pradeep Sangwan in their match against Rising Pune Supergiant on Monday (May 1).

The discarded India pacer’s maiden Indian Premier League game this season was a forgettable one. The left-arm pacer had gone unsold in the players’ auction this year but got a chance to showcase his potential when Gujarat Lions secured his services after losing Dwayne Bravo for the whole season. The West Indies star had come in the tournament with a hamstring injury and was expected to recover from it in the second half of the season but he could not and was consequently ruled out.

And with their season in danger of coming to a premature end after managing just a couple of wins in the first seven matches, the Lions went for the experienced Pathan. However, they would not be too pleased with the player’s performance.

Playing his first match this season which was against Mumbai Indians last Saturday ( April 29), Pathan came a cropper with the bat, scoring 2 off 3 balls. But he had the chance to make amends for it with a good show with the ball. However, the left-arm pacer disappointed once again. In his very first over, he was clobbered by 16 runs before conceding 10 runs in the final over which helped the Lions to tie the game which was once looking out of their reach.

Mumbai Indians needed 11 off the final over and Pathan made the worst possible start as he was hit for a six by Krunal Pandya on the very first ball. The experienced then made a comeback, conceding just four runs of his final 5 deliveries but his performance failed to impress the Lions’ team-management and they could not take the risk of including him in the game against Rising Pune Supergiant on Monday (May 1). And it is quite likely that the Lions will persist with Pradeep Sangwan who had claimed two wickets in his very first over to leave the Supergiant reeling at 8 for 2 when they were chasing 161.

With 3 wins in 10 matches, the Lions need to win all their games to have any possibility of making it to the last four this season and they will surely play their strongest eleven in the remaining games. In such a scenario, it looks unlikely that Pathan will get another chance after his dismal outing against Mumbai Indians.


IPL: Rising Pune Supergiant vs Gujarat Lions Scoreboard

Pune, May 2 (IANS) Following is the scoreboard of the Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Monday:

Gujarat Lions

Ishan Kishan c Washington Sundar b Imran Tahir 31
Brendon McCullum c Rahane b Thakur 45
Suresh Raina run out (Rahane/Dhoni) 8
Aaron Finch c & b Imran Tahir 13
Dwayne Smith b Imran Tahir 0
Dinesh Karthik run out (Dhoni) 29
Ravindra Jadeja c Unadkat b Christian 19
James Faulkner c Tiwary b Unadkat 6
Pradeep Sangwan c Tripathi b Unadkat 1
Basil Thampi not out 2
Ankit Soni b Unadkat 0

Extras (lb 5, w 2) 7
Total (all out; 19.5 overs) 161

Fall of wickets: 1-55 (Ishan Kishan, 5.6 overs), 2-71 (Raina, 7.6), 3-94 (Finch, 9.5), 4-94 (Smith, 9.6), 5-109 (McCullum, 11.5), 6-135 (Jadeja, 14.6), 7-146 (Faulkner, 17.2), 8-148 (Sangwan, 17.5), 9-161 (Karthik, 19.4), 10-161 (Ankit Soni, 19.5).


Jaydev Unadkat 3.5-0-29-3
Washington Sundar 2-0-12
Ben Stokes 4-0-36-0
Imran Tahir 4-0-27-3
Shardul Thakur 3-0-25-1
Daniel Christian 3-0-27-1

Rising Pune Supergiant:

Ajinkya Rahane lbw b Sangwan 4
Rahul Tripathi run out 6
Steven Smith c Ankit Soni b Sangwan 4
Manoj Tiwary lbw b Basil Thampi 0
Ben Stokes not out 103
Mahendra Singh Dhoni c McCullum b Thampi 26
Daniel Christian not out 17

Extras: (lb 3, w 4) 7
Total: (in 19.5 overs) 167/5

Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Rahane, 0.4 overs), 2-8 (Smith, 0.6), 3-10 (Tiwary, 1.3), 4-42 (Tripathi, 5.3), 5-118 (Dhoni, 16.1)


Pradeep Sangwan 4-0-38-2
Basil Thampi 4-0-35-2
James Faulkner 2.5-0-30-0
Ankit Soni 4-0-16-0
Ravindra Jadeja 2-0-19-0
Dwayne Smith 3-0-26-0A

Gujarat Lions captain Suresh Raina has scored a total of 28 fifties in the history of IPL.

IPL 2017 – Suresh Raina Still Hopeful Despite Back To Back Narrow Losses

If you are a Gujarat Lions fan, then the probability of something disastrous happening to you is just due to a minor error, is very high indeed.

That has been the precise tale of the Suresh Raina-led outfit, as two narrow losses have been witnessed by the team. A couple of days after the team stood second in the super over against Mumbai Indians, another heart-breaking loss awaited the side in Pune.

Defending a moderate total of 162, the Lions were well over the Supergiant at one stage after the hosts were reduced to 10-3. At 42-4, Ben Stokes and MS Dhoni collaborated for what turned out to be the most resilient stand of the tournament so far.

The English all-rounder eventually got his team to victory in the final over and brought up a mighty fine century. Post the loss, Lions skipper Suresh Raina wasn’t too pessimistic and hoped for a quick turnaround.

“We played really well,” Raina said. “Last over we did not bowl well. Probably the dew was there. Credit goes to Stokes, he batted really well. He took his chances and played really well. He knew that we did not have power in the spin department. We were 25-30 runs short, still, we played well. We kept losing wickets and did not have wickets in the end. We were all out in 19.3 overs,” said Raina.

“Sangwan and Basil set up the game for us up front. Stokes was hitting well. He was hitting clean and all those big sixes. We were only one wicket away there. We have got 4 games to go. We are putting our effort in the bowling and fielding department after 6-7 games. Still, we need to take responsibility in the batting department too. Hopefully, things will turn our way,” Raina added.



IPL 2017 Preview: Confident Pune Face Inconsistent Gujarat

Pune, April 30 (IANS) Rising Pune Supergiant will aim to take two crucial points in their bid to push for the Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs as they face an inconsistent Gujarat Lions at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Monday.

Pune have 10 points from nine matches and have gained momentum, having won three of their last four matches. They are coming off a comprehensive 61-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday.

And at home and going by how Pune have peaked lately, they will be expected to have another successful outing against a side which won their first duel of the edition in Rajkot.

Pune will bank on their in-form opening duo of Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi to give the team a great start. The middle order comprising the likes of captain Steven Smith, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Manoj Tiwary has the experience to take the opposition bowlers to the cleaners at ease. With all-rounders Daniel Christian and Rajat Bhatia, the lower order batting can come in handy if needed.

It is not clear whether English star all-rounder Ben Stokes has overcome a shoulder injury. In his absence, Christian has proved to be an able replacement as far as bowling is concerned, but his batting under pressure remains a question.

In the bowling department, the young Indian pace duo of Jaydev Unadkat and Shardul Thakur has impressed both in the opening and death overs while seasoned leg-spinner Imran Tahir, Christian and rookie tweaker Washington Sundar can provide the breakthroughs as well as stop the flow of runs in the middle overs.

Gujarat, who lost to Mumbai Indians in a match decided by super over, are sixth on the points table with three wins from nine games. Their batsmen and bowlers are not clicking at the same match — a problem they must solve as the race for playoffs is hotting up. They need to start firing on all cyclinders in order to get some wins under their belt to join the race for the playoffs.

Gujarat have several destructive batsmen in Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Aaron Finch and Dinesh Karthik and they will hold the key.

Their bowlers, always under the blame, however, have vastly improved. Even though Gujarat lost the game to Mumbai, the way they defended a target of 154, it must give them a lot of confidence going forward.

Australian medium pacer Andrew Tye has been their leading light. With 12 scalps from six games, he is the third highest wicket-taker of this edition so far. Along with him, youngsters Basil Thampi and Nathu Singh are improving, keeping veteran Praveen Kumar on the bench.

A lot will depend on the performances of all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner and Irfan Pathan.


IPL 2017: Gujarat Lions Andrew Tye Ruled Out Of IPL Owning To Shoulder Dislocation

Australian recruit Andrew Tye on Sunday has been ruled out of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) following dislocated shoulder to pile up the miseries for struggling Gujarat Lions.

“Unfortunately this is the end of the tournament for me. As heartbreaking as it is, I have enjoyed my time here. The people at Gujarat Lions have looked after me well. The fans have been unbelievable,” Tye was quoted as saying by

However, Lions management is yet to decide on a replacement for the right-arm fast bowler, who also played the cameo of 25 against Mumbai Indians on Saturday (April 29).

The fast bowler Tye, who has been a revelation with the ball, was stretchered off the ground in Rajkot when he tried to stop the ball during the fielding against Mumbai Indians before injuring his left shoulder.

Tye stated he has not been known how much till it will take to heal while talking about his injury.

“The shoulder popped out of the socket and remained out for a while. They put it back in at the hospital. The extent of the damage is still unknown,” Tye revealed.

Andrew Tye, who has claimed 12 wickets in six games, is set to fly home for the rehabilitation process before adding that he is expecting to recover soon to return to the field.

“I will be flying home in the next couple of days to figure that out. And as for the recovery time, I am not too sure at the moment, but hopefully it’s not too long,” Tye concluded.

The 30-year-old Tye has also registered the hat-trick against Rising Pune Supergiant on his debut before claiming the splendid figures of five for 17 in his four overs.

The Perth-born Tye has played 57 Twenty20’s in which he has claimed 74 wickets at an average of 21.54 with the economy of 7.64.

For Australia, Tye has featured in five Twenty20 Internationals in which he claimed five wickets.

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