Brendon McCullum (right) was dismissed for a mere single by skipper Zaheer Khan © AFP
Brendon McCullum (right) was dismissed for a mere single by skipper Zaheer Khan © AFP

New franchise and hosts Gujarat Lions (GL) batsmen in the form of openers Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith, along with Aaron Finch were dismissed within the opening five overs, against visitors Delhi Daredevils (DD), in Match 31 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 at the Saurshtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Tuesday. While McCullum was dismissed for a mere single by skipper ZaheerKhan, Aarn Finch fell for mere 12 to Shabaz Nadeem, along with Smith on for 15 to the same man. Currently, GL are 39 for the loss of three wickets in seven overs, with skipper Suresh Raina on 12, and Dinesh Karthik on three. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Gujarat Lions vs Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2016, Match 31 at Rajkot

Gujarat Lions (GL) take on Delhi Daredevils (DD) in match No. 31 of the Indian Premier League 2016. This match between table topper GL and mid-table DD will take place at Saurashtra Cricket Association in Rajkot. GL are coming from an emphatic defeat by the hands of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) where Akshar Patel spun their batsmen out of misery to achieve 23-run victory over them. DD on the other hand having beaten Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 27 runs look more dangerous than ever. A win in this match will take GL to 14 points almost assuring them to a play-offs birth, where as win for DD will take them to No. 2 in the table. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Gujarat Lions vs Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2016, Match 31 at Rajkot

GL against KXIP showed how vulnerable their middle order is. It was only James Faulkner and Ishan Kishan that provided some saving face for them. DD much like GL were rescued by Karun Nair and Sam Billings in their last match against  Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) along with three-batsmen back in the pavilion only in the 5th over.