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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and update post for the sixth match in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016, between the Gujarat Lions (GL) and the Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS). This is Devarchit Varma, and I will be bringing you the live cricket scores and updates of the game between the two new teams of IPL. While Gujarat Lions (GL) have Suresh Raina as their captain, the Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) will be captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The two teams are coming off impressive wins in their opening games, and tonight, both Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) and Gujarat Lions (GL) will leave no stone unturned to make sure their good form stays for long. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS), IPL 2016, Match 6 at Rajkot

Aaron Finch wins the Man of the Match for the second time in this tournament, and Gujarat Lions go at the top of the points table in IPL 9.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 164/3 in Overs 18: No need to put the bat on the ball, RP Singh bowls a wide. Gujarat win by 7 wickets. BATTING: Dwayne Bravo 22 (10), Ravindra Jadeja 4 (8)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 163/3 in Overs 18: Bhatia comes on. Another very, very risky single taken. Gujarat Lions getting nervous here. A ball down the leg, brushes Bravo’s pads. Leg-bye. And now a FREE HIT! Bhatia oversteps! Bravo hits down the ground, gets 2 runs. SIX! Inside out from Bravo, over cover! Gujarat need one more to win.  BATTING: Dwayne Bravo 22 (10), Ravindra Jadeja 4 (8)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 151/3 in Overs 17: GONE! MS Dhoni misses stumping once, not twice. Raina falls! Jadeja and Bravo take Gujarat past 150, but not without nervous running between the wickets. Gujarat need 13 more to win. BATTING: Dwayne Bravo 14 (7), Ravindra Jadeja 2 (4)

OUT! Suresh Raina st MS Dhoni b Murugan Ashwin 24 (24)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 147/2 in Overs 16:  Single to Raina on the first ball by Ishant at deep fine leg. Dhoni needs to find a way to dismiss his IPL mates here. Bravo gets going, makes room to clear cover fielders for a boundary! FOUR again! Bravo hits inside out again, much square this time around, over the in field, WOW! Another! Bravo hits it simply over cover, beats the man in the deep. These are all excellent cricketing strokes! Raina keeps the strike, it is time for the second break. BATTING:  Suresh Raina 24 (23), Dwayne Bravo 13 (6)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 132/2 in Overs 15:  Nearly a played-on! Raina survives as he is lucky to not have the ball crashing into his wickets after a poor late-cut. A risky single on cards, but Raina turns back to make a dive and hurts his finger in the process. Excellent running as Raina nurdles one to the leg side and returns for a quick second run. A single off the fifth ball. Lucky! A leading edge off Bravo’s bat falls short of Mitch Marsh at extra cover! . BATTING:  Suresh Raina 22 (21), Dwayne Bravo 0 (2)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 129/2 in Overs 14:  OUT! McCullum mistimes one high in the air and Faf du Plessis does not drop these. Baz misses out on a deserving half-century! DJ Bravo comes out. FOUR! Raina makes room, and clobbers Ishant over extra cover for a FOUR! Splendid strike! A single to end the over, Gujarat need 36 off as many balls to win. BATTING:  Suresh Raina 19 (16), Dwayne Bravo 0 (1)

OUT! Brendon McCullum c Faf du Plessis b Ishant Sharma 49 (31)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 120/1 in Overs 13: Two runs off the first two balls off Bhatia. McCullum gets a slow ball outside leg, but he hits it straight to deep midwicket. Six runs added to the total.   BATTING:  Brendon McCullum 49 (30), Suresh Raina 11 (12)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 114/1 in Overs 12: Pietersen makes a dive to save a boundary with just one hand, plucks the ball out of the ground. McCullum breaks the shackles with a FOUR straight down the ground on the fourth ball, making it a full toss coming down the track. SIX! McCullum dances down again, this time dispatches it over long on! MISSED! Dhoni has a rare miss behind the wickets as he fails to stump Baz when the batsman was way down the pitch. Angry Dhoni tries to kick the ball on the wickets. Sigh. Gujarat need 50 off 48 balls! BATTING:  Brendon McCullum 46 (27), Suresh Raina 8 (9)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 101/1 in Overs 11: McCullum takes a sharp single on leg side off M Ashwin. Raina gets width, hits past point to take 2 runs. Gujarat dealing in singles against Pune’s spin at the moment, but still they are keeping up with the asking rate, which is hovering around 7. They need 63 off 54.  BATTING:  Brendon McCullum 34 (22), Suresh Raina 7 (8)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 93/1 in Overs 10: McCullum looking to attack. R Ashwin bowling now. A mishit lands short of man at deep point. Raina takes two off Ashwin on the third ball, guides it well towards deep fine leg. A wide down the leg, Gujarat run for an extra. Ashwin is bowling another tight over here. Only six runs off it.  BATTING:  Brendon McCullum 32 (19), Suresh Raina 3 (5)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 87/1 in Overs 9: Murugan Ashwin comes back. Two strokes by Finch straight to point. WICKET! Finch has been caught by Ishant Sharma at deep square leg, he fails to keep the ball down and hits it straight to the fielder! Suresh Raina is away with a single. McCullum went quiet after Finch opened up, perhaps now it is the time for him to resume. Gujarat need 77 off 77 balls. BATTING:  Brendon McCullum 30 (16), Suresh Raina 1 (2)

OUT! Aaron Finch c Ishant Sharma b Murugan Ashwin 50 (36)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 85/0 in Overs 8:  Poor bowling this is. Mitchell Marsh bowls on pads, it is short and RP Singh puts in a dive to prevent it from touching the ropes. Gujarat are running away with this game, Pune need wickets. An easy single to short fine leg. FOUR! McCullum swings the bat wild, gets a thick edge and ball races away for a FOUR. Finch brings up his second fifty in a row, he’s making most of what he missed out in the World T20! BATTING: Aaron Finch 50 (33), Brendon McCullum 29 (15)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 75/0 in Overs 7: A single off Rajat Bhatia’s first ball by McCullum. Finch hits the second ball straight to short midwicket. Poor ball, no pace, and full pitched. Smashed over long on for a SIX! The next two balls are dot with Finch hitting both to the extra cover. SIX again! Just over long on, another full ball. BATTING: Aaron Finch 46 (30), Brendon McCullum 26 (12)

The first strategic break is being taken right now. Gujarat Lions are right there in command of this chase, need another 102 off 84 balls, 10 wickets in hand!

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 62/0 in Overs 6: It’s the other Ashwin into the attack now. First ball is way outside leg, McCullum is hit on the pads as he tries to swat. Finch makes room, hits a FOUR on deep midwicket! And follows it up with a sweep shot towards backward square leg. Bad bowling, Finch makes room, Murugan follows him down leg. The ball beats Dhoni, and Gujarat batsmen scramble for 2 more runs. FOUR! A misfield at the edge of the ring by Faf gets another boundary! Another sweep, another FOUR! 20 runs off the over!  BATTING: Aaron Finch 34 (25), Brendon McCullum 22 (11)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 42/0 in Overs 5: Ravichandran Ashwin comes on to stem the flow of runs. McCullum plays the ball well towards backward square leg. The other Ashwin chases the ball to pull it back inside the field. Almost a wicket! Finch has his backfoot grounded while he tried to swat, well done! Two dots on the trot to Finch. Make it three! Only 4 off the over, Gujarat need 122 off 90 balls. BATTING: Aaron Finch 18 (20), Brendon McCullum 22 (10)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 38/0 in Overs 4: Finch hits a FOUR over point off Ishant on the first ball, and then takes a single on the second. McCullum takes a single too, on the third ball. Very good shot! Like an upper cut, Finch flicks it in the air over backward point, brings up his 1,000 runs in IPL. Takes a single on the last ball towards mid on. BATTING: Aaron Finch 17 (15), Brendon McCullum 19 (9)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 27/0 in Overs 3: SIX! McCullum slams one short over cover off RP Singh, who provides a short ball with enough width for Baz to attack! WOW! Another short ball, and McCullum rams it over deep midwicket for a SIX with all fancy fielding being set on the off side. Baz gets off the strike with an easy single. Finch makes room, but RP stops in his bowling stride. Finch makes room again, only gets a single. BATTING: Aaron Finch 7 (10), Brendon McCullum 18 (8)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 13/0 in Overs 2: Ishant starts with a gift on Finch’s pads, and the batsman whips it on leg side for a FOUR! Finch makes room but gets an inside edge on to his pads. Gujarat looking for quick runs here, not a bad strategy at all. Third ball is a dot to Finch. An easy single on the leg side on the fourth ball. A leg-bye on the fifth ball, and a dot to end the over. BATTING: Aaron Finch 6 (9), Brendon McCullum 5 (3)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 7/0 in Overs 1: WOW! Finch offers no shot on the first ball, is hit on the pads in the line of the wickets. But he was standing out of the crease, hence height became an issue. Swing for RP Singh with the new ball on this green-top wicket, finally something that we see is normal. A leg-bye. And runs! McCullum dances down, whacks one short towards deep midwicket for FOUR! A sharp run with Smith being tested at point. BATTING: Aaron Finch 1 (4), Brendon McCullum 5 (2)

We will be back with the chase shortly. Meanwhile, here is Pramod Ananth’s report of the innings: Faf du Plessis’ half-century propels Rising Pune Supergiants 163-5 against Gujarat Lions in IPL 2016, Match 6

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Rising Pune Supergiants 163/5 in Overs 20:  A thick edge off Dhon’s bat beats the wicketkeeper and gets him a boundary. Dhoni then takes two towards long off, and Bhatia has no idea his captain wanted another run. Might have been a run out there. Two more runs, this time to long on and Bhatia knows what he has to do now. SIX! Dhoni connects on one, sends it flying over long on! No, you cannot run out Dhoni! Jadeja is quick with his throw, but for the third time Karthik fails to collect! FOUR! What a player! Hits between backward point and short third man Dhoni’s 10-ball 20 has pushed RPS past 160!  BATTING: MS Dhoni 22 (10), Rajat Bhatia 0 (2)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Rising Pune Supergiants 143/5 in Overs 19:  Jadeja cleans up Marsh who was looking for a big hit on the fourth ball! RPS have lost the plot here completely, they were looking set for a massive total at one point of time. Jadeja nearly has another wicket, Rajat Bhatia plays one directly towards him that bounces short. Two runs and a wicket for the left-arm spinner! BATTING: MS Dhoni 2 (4), Rajat Bhatia 0 (2)

OUT! Mitchell Starc b Ravindra Jadeja 7 (11)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Rising Pune Supergiants 141/4 in Overs 18:  Dwayne Bravo comes on for his third over. RPS have lost momentum with the fall of quick wickets there. Boundaries have dried up, and once again Gujarat have pulled things back in control. Five runs off the over. BATTING: MS Dhoni 2 (4), Mitchell Starc 5 (7)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Rising Pune Supergiants 136/4 in Overs 17:  WICKET! Steven Smith is caught at deep cover! A single off a leg-bye and then Mitchell Marsh is off the mark on the second ball he faces. BATTING: MS Dhoni 1 (3), Mitchell Starc 1 (2)

OUT! Steven Smith c James Faulkner b Ravindra Jadeja 5 (5)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Rising Pune Supergiants 134/3 in Overs 16: Tambe comes on for his final over. Du Plessis makes room on the second ball, hits over extra cover for a FOUR. SIX! Du Plessis manages to clear a diving McCullum at long off for a maximum! WICKET! Du Plessis is stumped! MS Dhoni is off the mark with a single straight away. Another single to end the over. BATTING:  Steven Smith 5 (4), MS Dhoni 1 (1)

OUT! Faf du Plessis st Dinesh Karthik b Pravin Tambe 69 (43)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Rising Pune Supergiants 121/2 in Overs 15: Faulkner comes on, du Plessis takes a single on the second ball. Steven Smith is away with two quick runs on the leg side, makes a dive to save himself from being run out. The next ball is short, Smith hits to deep midwicket for a single. Karthik misses collecting the ball and running the batsman OUT twice in the over.  BATTING: Faf du Plessis 59 (40), Steven Smith 3 (2)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Rising Pune Supergiants 113/2 in Overs 14: Bravo comes back on. The Caribbean all-rounder is splendid in this over with his slow balls, not allowing the Gujarat batsmen to make runs off him at all. And a WICKET! Pietersen’s middle stump is knocked down as the batsman gets an inside edge while trying to whack it on the leg side on a slow full toss!  BATTING: Faf du Plessis 54 (36),

OUT! Kevin Pietersen b Dwayne Bravo 37 ( 31)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Rising Pune Supergiants 111/1 in Overs 13: Pietersen works first ball on leg side for a single, following which du Plessis rams one straight down the ground for a FOUR! A few more singles in the over, and another FOUR! du Plessis is batting brilliantly here, raises his fifty as well! 11 off the over. BATTING: Faf du Plessis 53 (33), Kevin Pietersen 36 (28)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Rising Pune Supergiants 100/1 in Overs 12: FOUR! Faulker comes around the wicket for his first ball in the game, and Pietersen guides it past short third man! KP takes a single to short fine leg. Nearly a wicket! Faulkner fools KP on a slow ball off which the batsman hits in the air past Raina at extra cover. Seven runs off the over, 100 up for Rising Pune. BATTING: Faf du Plessis 44 (30), Kevin Pietersen 34 (25)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Rising Pune Supergiants 93/1 in Overs 11: Du Plessis slams straight down the ground, and James Faulkner prevents a boundary off Jakati. KP and Faf continue to milk singles off Jakati. Six runs off the over. BATTING: Faf du Plessis 43 (28), Kevin Pietersen 28 (21)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Rising Pune Supergiants 87/1 in Overs 10: Du Plessis hits first ball from Tambe to Raina at extra cover. Follows that with a single to long on. KP and du Plessis dealing in singles for now. Five runs off the over. BATTING: Faf du Plessis 39 (24), Kevin Pietersen 26 (19)

Time for the strategic break

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Rising Pune Supergiants 82/1 in Overs 9: Jadeja comes on. KP takes two working the ball on the leg side. McCullum does well at backward point to save a certain FOUR, after KP had cut the second ball well. Du Plessis hits between deep midwicket and long on, and gets two runs. Du Plessis and Pietersen have completed their 50-run stand!  BATTING: Faf du Plessis 37 (21), Kevin Pietersen 23 (15)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Rising Pune Supergiants 76/1 in Overs 8: Tambe continues. RPS dealing in singles against the veteran bowler. But their scoring rate has been close to 10 an over. There is protection in deep cover, which does well to cut off runs and even a boundary. Du Plessis hits the final ball in the gap between long off and deep cover, and despite a dive Finch is not able to stop a boundary!  BATTING: Faf du Plessis 34 (19), Kevin Pietersen 20 (12)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Rising Pune Supergiants 66/1 in Overs 7: Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack, and starts with giving away a single and then a dot. Pietersen is off the strike with a single to deep cover. SIX! Shot! Du Plessis comes down and hits right over the bowler’s head!  BATTING: Faf du Plessis 28 (16), Kevin Pietersen 16 (9)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Rising Pune Supergiants 57/1 in Overs 6: SIX! Bravo bowls  a short ball on leg stump and Pietersen sends it over the ropes and the short fine leg fielder! KP misses out the second time, gets an inside edge onto his pads off a full toss. A single to du Plessis on a slow full toss outside off. A sharp single gets Lions’ 50 on the scoreboard. SIX! Du Plessis in the act again, just lifts it over long ff, an effortless strike! Expensive over again, Gujarat add 16 runs off it. BATTING: Faf du Plessis 20 (12), Kevin Pietersen 15 (7)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Rising Pune Supergiants 41/1 in Overs 5: Jakati comes back. Pietersen is off the strike with another single, to long off. SIX! Du Plessis comes down the wicket, hits between long on and deep midwicket. A single to  Faf and Pietersen then gets a boundary on the leg side, and RPS manage 13 runs off the over.  BATTING: Faf du Plessis 12 (9), Kevin Pietersen 7 (4)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Rising Pune Supergiants 28/1 in Overs 4: The right-arm bowler starts with two good dots, but Rahane hits the third ball over mid on coming down the track to make up for it. And there it is! Rahane trapped in front of the wickets on a ball that moved into him! Dinesh Karthik came almost in front of the batsman to show the umpire it was OUT! The ball skidded without any turn after hitting the thick green patch! BATTING: Faf du Plessis 6 (6), Kevin Pietersen 1 (1)

OUT! Ajinkya Rahane lbw Pravin Tambe 21 (17)

Raina is adamant to get a wicket from one of his spinners on a green-top wicket. Here comes Pravin Tambe…

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Rising Pune Supergiants 23/0 in Overs 3: Praveen comes on. Rahane is beaten on the first ball as he tries to work it on leg side while walking down the wicket. The second ball is a dot too. Third ball is slow, Rahane guides it to third man in the deep with soft hands for a single. And a FOUR! Du Plessis hits past extra cover, gets his first boundary. A single to du Plessis on the fifth ball. SIngle to end the over. BATTING: Ajinkya Rahane 17 (12), Faf du Plessis 6 (6)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Rising Pune Supergiants 16/0 in Overs 2:  Jakati meanwhile makes a decent start, RPS not looking for big strokes. However, Rahane puts the fourth ball straight down the ground for his second boundary! And another! Jakati bowls one very short, and Rahane whips it towards deep midwicket. 11 runs off that over from the left-arm spinner.  BATTING: Ajinkya Rahane 15 (8), Faf du Plessis 1 (4)

This pitch has lot of grass over it, but Suresh Raina has summoned his spinner Shadab Jakati to bowl the second over with the new ball. I do not understand this, if you do, kindly tell.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Rising Pune Supergiants 5/0 in Overs 1: Praveen Kumar gets hit for a boundary on the second ball by Rahane, who hits between point and cover! A single brings Faf du Plessis on the strike, who begins with a solid front-foot defense. Du Plessis is careful early on, plays 3 dots on the trot.  BATTING: Ajinkya Rahane 5 (3), Faf du Plessis 0 (3)

TOSS: Rising Pune Supergiants win toss, elect to bat first! Pune have not changed their side, says MS Dhoni. Gujarat have made 3 changes: Akshdeep Nath, Praveen Tambe and Shadab Jakati come in their side.

TEAMS:

Gujarat Lions: Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Suresh Raina(c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Akshdeep Nath, Raivndra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Praveen Kumar, Shadab Jakati, Pravin Tambe.

Rising Pune Supergiants: Faf du Plessis, Ajinkya Rahane, Kevin Pietersen, Steven Smith, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Mitchell Marsh, Rajat Bhatia, Ravichandran Ashwin, Murugan Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, RP Singh

In their opening games, both Gujarat Lions (GL) and Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) played all-round and dominant cricket to thump the other experienced sides. The Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) began IPL 9 with a bang when they defeated Mumbai Indians (MI) by 9 wickets, the Gujarat Lions (GL) were no less when they trumped Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 5 wickets.

Both Gujarat Lions (GL) and Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) have enough firepower in their ranks to tame the best on their day, but the question as always will rely on their abilities to execute their plans.

Talking a little more about their previous games, while Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) were totally dominant against the Mumbai Indians (MI), Gujarat Lions (GL) picked up pretty late in the game to make their presence felt. Of the two teams, it can be safely asserted that Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) look more confident and assured side as of now.

Squads:

Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner, Brendon McCullum, Praveen Kumar, Dale Steyn, Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Smith, Dhawal Kulkarni, Aaron Finch, Eklavya Dwivedi, Andrew Tye, Ishan Kishan, Jaydev Shah, Shadab Jakati, Pravin Tambe, Pradeep Sangwan, Amit Mishra, Shivil Kaushik, Aksh Deep Nath, Sarabjeet Ladda, Umang Sharma, Paras Dogra.

Rising Pune Supergiants: MS Dhoni (c), Steven Smith, Faf du Plessis, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mitchell Marsh, Ashwin Murugan, Ishant Sharma, Kevin Pietersen, Irfan Pathan, Thisara Perera, Rajat Bhatia, Ashoke Dinda, Scott Boland, Peter Handscomb, RP Singh, Adam Zampa, Ishwar Pandey, Deepak Chahar, Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Ankit Sharma.

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD & BALL-BY-BALL COMMENTARY: Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS), IPL 2016, Match 6 at Rajkot