today 14 April 2019 Winless Gujarat Lions receive ipl 10 t20 feed
WF IPL T20 Asiasat5 100.5E TP:3893 H 9599
Cw Feed:BB C1 CC 48 D2 DD A4 53
IPL 10 WF 2019 AsiaSat 100.5E TP:3737 V 9600
CW Feed: AD F4 52 F3 73 92 DA DF
In a Twenty20 game, bowling is as crucial to a team’s success as batting, but Gujarat Lions’ ploy of covering their weak bowling department by adding more muscle in their batting department has clearly not worked.
After two games and two losses, Gujarat Lions have surely understood that a mediocre bowling line-up isn’t going to carry them into the play-offs. In an era of big bats, flying balls, short boundaries and innovative strokeplay, how often do you see an opposition being batted out of the contest? Surely there are instances that spring to mind – the Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Lions clash in Bengaluru where centurions AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli ensured they shut the door on the visitors. And then there was the T20I between India and West Indies in Florida where the former almost chased down 245.
Needless to say, a good bowling unit is a must. Even before the start of the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League, the Lions bowling line-up looked thin and they are missing a gun bowler. In addition to that, the decision to go in with four overseas batsmen hasn’t worked either. In the first game at home, on a placid wicket where a par score of 200 would have given the Lions a chance, they could only muster 183. In the second game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, they were restricted to 135.
Back in Rajkot, Lions will take on Rising Pune Supergiant and will be forced to make changes. They will need to drop one of the overseas batsmen and bring in a bowler. While Praveen Kumar, with all his street smartness, has been economical, Dhawal Kulkarni, Manpreet Gony, Tejas Baroka, Basil Thampi and Shivil Kaushik have struggled thus far.
The Lions think-tank will be a tad worried about their batting line-up as well. If Suresh Raina’s chancy half-century lifted the team to a fighting total, they were sent searching for answers by Rashid Khan in Hyderabad. Jason Roy’s weakness against spinners has been exposed significantly, making him a potential candidate to be left out of the upcoming clash.
Supergiant too, to some extent, are suffering from the same problem. It was Steve Smith’s batting masterclass that saved them the blushes against Mumbai Indians but their bowlers had very little to offer in their massive losses against Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab.
Ashok Dinda, Deepak Chahar, Adam Zampa haven’t inspired the same confidence that Imran Tahir has, while Ben Stokes too has failed to set the stage on fire. It’ll be interesting to see which bowling unit bounces back on a venue that’s full of runs.
History: Lions have won both their contests against Supergiant in the last season. While they won by seven wickets at home, they sealed a three-wicket win in the away fixture.
When: Gujarat Lions vs Rising Pune Supergiant, April 14, 0800 IST
Where: Saurashtra Cricket Association Ground, Rajkot
What to expect: Players, fans and others involved, can expect a hot evening with the temperatures in the high 30s. Like in the first game, the track will offer little assistance to the bowlers. So, one can expect a batting shootout.
Gujarat Lions: Dwayne Bravo had his first full net session earlier this week but he’s still going to miss a few matches. Lions will welcome Ravindra Jadeja, who has joined the squad after recovering from a problem on his spinning finger. James Faulkner or Andrew Tye are in line to take Jason Roy’s spot in the playing XI. If they do decide to go in with both, then Aaron Finch too could miss the clash.
Probable XI: Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina (c), Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner/Andrew Tye, Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shivil Kaushik/Tejas Baroka, Basil Thampi/Manpreet Gony.
Rising Pune Supergiant: Having recovered from the stomach bug, Steve Smith is set to return to the playing XI in place of Faf du Plessis. Considering the track, they can look to bring in Daniel Christian in place of Adam Zampa.
Probable XI: Mayank Agarwal, Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith (capt), Rahul Tripathi/Manoj Tiwary, Ben Stokes, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Adam Zampa/Daniel Christian, Ashok Dinda, Imran Tahir.
What they said:
“I think we need to analyse a few areas of our game. I think we need to improve and understand that, ‘look your last year was a great season and it is going to take some hard work and effort to repeat that.'” – Brad Hodge.
“I am not bothered about his (Dhoni’s) form. He is a class player, and we have just played three games, so he will be fine (with the bat) in the tournament.” – Steve Smith
Did you know?
Since his last IPL fifty in 2019 season, Mayank Agarwal has scored only 64 runs from eight innings.
RPS have conceded 182 runs off their 14 overs at the death (overs 16-20), at a rate of 13 runs per over. They have gone for 53 runs in their 20th over in two matches.
Suresh Raina is set to become the first player to feature in 150 matches in IPL. He was also the first to make 50 (18 April, 2011) and 100 (18 April, 2014) appearances in IPL.