2017 IPL 13th Match Highlights: Gujarat Lions VS. Rising Pune Supergiant
Watching two strongest teams battling is definitely fun but watching two stooges is even more enthralling. Such a match took place on 14 April at 20:00 as per IST and 02:30 according to GMT. The match was played between Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant in Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot- the home ground of the Lions. Both the teams were placed on the last spots of the points tables, so predicting who will win was a challenge. Consequently, Gujarat Lions emerged as the winners, defeating Rising Pune Supergiant by a good margin of 7 wickets. What exactly happened in the match? Let’s find it out right here.
Recapitulating the Match: Battle of the Weaker Parties
As to what people was expecting, nothing actually happened. The 13th match of the IPL was full of excitement. Playing on their home ground, Gujarat Lions won the match and elected to bowl. Rising Pune Supergiant came into bat and scored a total of 171 runs with a fall of 8 wickets in total 20 overs. Captain Steven Smith scored the highest runs, i.e. 43 runs on 28 balls with amazing net run rate of 153.47. Andrew Tye of Gujarat Lions portrayed a different level of bowling taking 5 wickets at an economy rate of only 4.25. Then came the turn of Gujarat Lions to bat. Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum gave an amazing opening to the team, both scoring 47 runs and 49 runs respectively. As a result, Lions easily scored 172 runs in 18 overs with a fall of 3 wickets. Hence, Gujarat Lions defeated Rising Pune Supergiant by 7 wickets.
The Rise of the Underdogs
Gujarat Lions stood on the first spot on the standings in the previous season of the IPL. But this time, Lions failed to prove themselves. However, this match played an important role in helping Gujarat Lions to get their lost form back. With a team effort of batsmen, and bowlers Gujarat Lions won this match. Andrew Tye who took 5 wickets in the match was given the player of the match title.