Ajinkya Rahane got out soon after reaching his fifty © AFP (File Photo)
Ajinkya Rahane got out soon after reaching his fifty © AFP (File Photo)

Ajinkya Rahane and Steven Smith cracked fifties in their the 25th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016. However, Rahane was unfortunate to get run out after reaching his fifty. Playing for Rising Pune Supergiants, both Rahane and Smith played a mix of attacking and moderate cricket. They latched on lose deliveries and capitalised on hitting big shots when the situation demanded. However, at the same time they rotated the strike pretty well. GL had tried six bowlers till the 13th over mark. These bowlers were Parveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ravindra Jadeja, Shivil Kaushik, James Faulkner and Dwayne Bravo.  The first to fall was of Saurabh Tiwary who was also run out like Rahne. MS Dhoni then came on the crease. After 14 overs,  RPS reached 126 for 2 with Smith batting on 66 having faced just 37 balls. He had hit six boundaries and two sixes in his innings. Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants vs Gujarat Lions, IPL 2016, MATCH 25

Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo were bowling at that moment. Jadeja had given just 12 runs in his first two overs. Dhoni, in his usual fashion tired to take a few singles before getting into the groove of hitting some big shots. Jadeja was smacked for a six by Smith off the third ball of the 15th over. Smith got below the ball and hit it hard over long-off. Live Blog: Rising Pune Supergiants vs Gujarat Lions, IPL 2016, MATCH 25

After the end of 15 overs, RPS were batting on 135 having lost two wickets. Smith had reached 72 off just 41 balls, and Dhoni was batting on a run-a-ball 4.