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  • 11:18 PM IST

    GL 172/3 in 18 overs, Target 172: Ferguson to bowl the penultimate over. FOUR! Tahir drops a sitter at fine leg and the ball trickles over the fence. Not a good start to the over. Couple of sixes from Finch brings an end to the match. A big win for GL, their first one of IPL 2017. They have beaten RPS by 7 wickets, with 2 overs to spare. that will do their net run-rate a world of good.

  • 11:11 PM IST

    Not a good reading for Tahir

  • 11:10 PM IST

    GL 151/3 in 17 overs: Shardul Thakur back into the attack. He has bowled incredibly well so far. Can he get a wicket or two in this over? However, Raina too has played some exquisite shots today. He will be keen on finishing this match off for his side. 150 up for GL and they are just cruising to a win now. Just 5 off this over.

  • 11:04 PM IST

    GL 146/3 in 16 overs, Target 172: Tahir bowls his final over. FOUR! Full outside off and Finch creams it to the cover boundary. Magnificent shot that. Sensibly takes a single off the next one to put Raina back on strike. FOUR! Raina goes over covers this time. He has played some excellent shots today. FOUR! Raina sweeps this time. Tahir finishes with 1 for 52 from his 4 overs. Time for the strategic time-out!

  • 11:01 PM IST

    GL 130/3 in 15 overs: Stokes back into the attack. FOUR! Raina goes inside out and the balls hits the cover fence. Raina beginning to play his shots more freely now. FOUR to end the over. Raina just checks his shot, but fortunately for him it has come off the middle and the balls goes through to the cover boundary. 10 off that over.

  • 10:56 PM IST

    GL 123/3 in 14 overs, Target 172: Rahul Chahar continues. FOUR! Finch scoops it away very fine. The fielder has no chance. SIX! Was turning out to be a good over, but Raina dispatched the final ball of the over into the stands. 11 off it eventually.

  • 10:52 PM IST

    GL 112/3 in 13 overs, Target 172: Tahir is back into the attack. It most certainly has not been his day today. BOWLED HIM! Is this the opening RPS need? Karthik goes for a cut, but chops it back onto his stumps for 3 off 5. Finally something to celebrate for Tahir. Aaron Finch is the new batsman. Just 5 runs and a wicket off that over.

  • 10:49 PM IST

    Great stuff from the youngster

  • 10:47 PM IST

    GL 107/2 in 12 overs, Target 172: Rahul Chahar into the attack. OUT! McCullum looks to charge and cut the ball, misses and Dhoni does the rest behind the wickets. Baz misses out on a fifty by a run, making 49 off 32. Dinesh Karthik is the new batsman. Dhoni once again knocks the bails off and appeals. Third umpire called in, but Karthik is in. 5 runs and a wicket off that over.

  • 10:42 PM IST

    GL 102/1 in 11 overs, Target 172: Ben Stokes back into the attack. WOW! What a shot from Baz! Plays a scoop over his head and Chahar at the boundary grabs the ball and throws it back on to the field. Incredible stuff. Saves 4 runs for his side. 100 up for GL. Good over from Stokes just 6 off it.

  • 10:37 PM IST

    GL 96/1 in 10 overs: Ferguson is back into the attack. Once again, bowling at some serious pace. McCullum as a result fails to make a decent contact. Once again no boundaries in this over. Two good overs back-to-back here. They still need a wicket or two to breathe easily. Just 2 off this over though.

  • 10:32 PM IST

    GL 94/1 in 9 overs, Target 172: Shardul Thakur is back into the attack. He has been one of the better bowlers for RPS, in just his second match in the IPL, but has loads of experience in domestic cricket. He bowls another good over. The batsmen look to go after him, but fail to middle it. In the end he picks up RPS’ first wicket. Smith looks to cut a slow ball, but finds the third man fielder. Much needed wicket for RPS this. Smith has to depart for 47 off 30. Suresh Raina is the new batsman. 3 runs and a wicket off that over.

  • 10:26 PM IST

    GL 91/0 in 8 overs, Target 172: Tahir continues. FOUR! McCullum sweeps and it goes into the vacant mid-wicket fence. FOUR! This time McCullum drags it from outside off and smashes it to long on, where Stokes is unable to cut that off. SIX! McCullum charges and goes straight. McCullum and Smith seem to be in a hurry at the moment. Also, both batsmen are inching closer to their fifties. Who will get there first? FOUR! Smith this time uses his wrist and goes dead straight. Long on not quick enough to cut that off. 20 runs off that over!

  • 10:22 PM IST

    GL 71/0 in 7 overs, Target 172: Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar into the attack. With the powerplay out of the way, Steven Smith can afford to have more men at the boundary. FOUR! A bit short and Dwayne Smith cuts with ease. FOUR MORE! Short again, but this time Smith goes through mid-wicket. 10 off that over.

  • 10:17 PM IST

    GL 61/0 in 6 overs, Target 172: Imran Tahir into the attack. He has been in excellent form in IPL 2017 so far. FOUR! flighted delivery outside off and McCullum hits it over the mid-off fielder. 50 up for GL. FOUR MORE! McCullum charges and hits it all along the ground past mid-off again. SIX! This time McCullum goes over long off. He is certainly not intimidated by Tahir at the moment. 15 off Tahir’s first over. Time for the strategic time-out.

  • 10:13 PM IST

    GL 46/0 in 5 overs, Target 172: Ben Stokes into the attack. Stokes mixes it up well. A short ball, a slow ball and his stock delivery, keeping the batsmen guessing. An excellent over in the end for RPS, just 2 off it. But, GL are still on top.

  • 10:10 PM IST

    GL 44/0 in 4 overs: Ferguson continues. FOUR! Good pace from Ferguson, but Smith slashes at a ball full and outside off. Takes the outside edge and into the fence. Ferguson bowling at a serious pace indeed. FOUR MORE! Full on middle and leg and Smith just works it past mid on. 11 off that over.

  • 10:04 PM IST

    GL 33/0 in 3 overs, Target 172: Shardul Thakur into the attack. This is just his second match in the IPL. FOUR! McCullum pulls a short ball to the mid-wicket boundary. Smith and McCullum are looking in the zone today. DROPPED! McCullum smashes the ball back to Shardul, who drops the catch. A tough chance though. Just 6 off that over. Good one for RPS.

  • 10:00 PM IST

    GL 27/0 in 2 overs, Target 172: Lockie Ferguson into the attack. SIX! Short ball and a bit on the slow side, McCullum slams it over the cover fence. Incredible shot! FOUR! Short this time from Ferguson and Smith rocks back and pulls it to mid-wicket.

  • 9:55 PM IST

    GL 16/0 in 1 over, Target 172: Ankit Sharma to bowl the first over. Dwayne Smith takes guard. Brendon McCullum at the other end. FOUR! Smith starts off with a boundary through square leg. SIX! Smith this time connects beautifully and the ball sails over deep mid-wicket. FOUR! Smith this time punches the ball of the back foot through covers. Excellent start for GL.

  • 9:52 PM IST

    Here is Kaustubh Mayekar’s innings report: IPL 2017: Tye’s hat-trick helps GL limit RPS to 171/8

  • 9:37 PM IST

    RPS 171/8 in 20 overs: Tye to bowl the final over. OUT! Ankit smashes the ball in the air, but Brendon McCullum takes a brilliant catch at long on to give Tye his third wicket of the match. Ankit goes for a well made 25 off 15. OUT! Tiwary too looks to clear the fence, but could only find Kishan at deep square leg. Tye is now on a hat-trick. We saw Badree get a hat-trick earlier today against MI, will we see another hat-trick today? WE WILL! Five wickets for Tye and yes, we have another hat-trick today. Shardul completely misses the ball and it crashes into this wickets. RPS will feel that they are about 10-15 runs short in this match. Tye finishes with figures of 5 for 17.

  • 9:30 PM IST

    RPS 167/5 in 19 overs: Praveen Kumar into the attack. He starts off with a wide down leg side. SIX! This time Ankit Sharma smashes the slow ball over the long off fence. WOAH! A yorker, Tiwary digs it out but his bat is broken into half. The batsmen scamper for a couple though. 12 off it and Praveen finishes with 1 for 51 from his 4 overs.

  • 9:23 PM IST

    RPS 155/5 in 18 overs: Tye back into the attack. He has bowled extremely well today.150 up for RPS and they will look to get somewhere close to 180 from here. However, Tye gives away just 6 runs in this over, which is nothing short of commendable at this stage.

  • 9:18 PM IST

    RPS 149/5 in 17 overs: Jadeja contiues: DROPPED! Tiwary smashes the ball back to him, bu he is not able to hold on to it. Just gets one hand to it though. FOUR! Ankit whacks it to the long on fence. Good shot from the youngster. SIX! Tiwary goes straight and clears the boundary. A clean hit by the Bengal skipper.

  • 9:15 PM IST

    RPS 135/5 in 16 overs: Thampi into the attack. FOUR! Short and wide and Tiwary cuts the ball into the fence. He is too good to miss out on such opportunities. Slow ball almost finds the fielder at deep mid-wicket, just falls short of Kishan, who does well. 9 off that over.

  • 9:10 PM IST

    RPS 126/5 in 15 overs: Jadeja back into the attack. GONE! Dhoni is wrapped on the pads and the finder goes up immediately. Dhoni has been dismissed for just 5 off 8. A huge wicket at this stage. He could have taken the match away from GL in the last 3-4 overs. FOUR! New batsman Ankit Sharma just guides the ball to the third man fence to get off the mark. 6 runs and a wicket from that over from Jadeja.

  • 9:06 PM IST

    RPS 120/4 in 14 overs: Jakati into the attack. FOUR! Tiwary pulls a short ball to the mid-wicket fence. The batsmen are happy to take ones and twos after the first ball went for a boundary. Sensible batting. 10 off that over with minimal risk.

  • 9:00 PM IST

    RPS 110/4 in 13 overs: Tye into the attack. BOWLED HIM! Slow delivery, slight movement and Stokes is beaten and the ball crashes into Stokes’ wickets. there have been a slight inside edge on that as well. Stokes’ innings comes to an end for 25 off 18. MS Dhoni is the new batsman. He really needs to step up for RPS today. Another food over from Tye. Just 4 runs and a wicket off it. With that, it’s time for the strategic time-out.

  • 8:55 PM IST

    RPS 106/3 in 12 overs: Dwayne Smith continues. FOUR! Short on Smith’s leg stump and he pulls the ball into the fine leg fence. Despite conceding that boundary, Smith keeps it under control. Just 5 runs off it. Smith has chipped in with 2 excellent overs already.

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Hello, good evening and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates’ post for the 13th match in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, between Gujarat Lions (GL) and Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) at Rajkot. This is Pramod Ananth, and I will be bringing you the live cricket scores and updates of the clash which will be played at the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) Stadium in Rajkot. Both Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant are languishing at the bottom of the IPL 2017 points table, having made an ordinary start to the tournament and will be taking the second game on Friday as a must-win contest. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD:  Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), IPL 2017 Match 13

With two defeats and one victory in the three matches played so far, Rising Pune Supergiant are at the seventh spot in the IPL 2017 points table. The Steven Smith-led side has lost two games after winning the opening clash, and have a Net Run Rate of -1.718 and 2 points. On the other hand, the Suresh Raina-led Gujarat Lions have been at their worst, losing both the matches by heavy margins and not have a NRR of -2.731. It is amply clear that both Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant need victories by huge margins to improve their NRR.

The two teams will be bolstered with the return of their key players. Gujarat Lions would be relieved to have Ravindra Jadeja back after a short break, whereas Rising Pune Supergiant will have the run-machine in Smith returning to the playing XI, after missing the previous contest due to an upset stomach.

The biggest worry for Gujarat Lions heading into this clash is their bowling. The bowlers have not been able to make an impact whatsoever, with the Gujarat Lions crashing to a 10-wicket defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), while against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), they lost by 9 wickets.

On the other hand, after starting off impressively with a 7-wicket victory in the first match, RPS have also suffered two defeats. RPS lost to Kings XI Punjab by 6 wickets, and were mauled by Delhi Daredevils (DD) by a heavy margin of 97 runs.

Squads:

Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Praveen Kumar, Manpreet Gony, Dhawal Kulkarni, Aaron Finch, Shadab Bashir Jakati, Jason Roy, Shivil Kaushik, Dwayne Bravo, Munaf Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Jaydev Shah, Pradeep Sangwan, James Faulkner, Akshdeep Nath, Andrew Tye, Chirag Suri, Basil Thampi, Ishan Kishan, Nathu Singh, Shubham Agarwal, Tejas Baroka, Pratham Singh, Shelley Shaurya.

Rising Pune Supergiant: MS Dhoni (wk), Manoj Tiwary, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Dinda, Rajat Bhatia, Mayank Agarwal, Steven Smith (c), Ben Stokes, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Adam Zampa, Daniel Christian, Jaydev Unadkat, Usman Khawaja, Ankit Sharma, Faf du Plessis, Baba Aparajith, Ishwar Pandey, Shardul Thakur, Rahul Tripathi, Ankush Bains, Saurabh Kumar, Lockie Ferguson, Jaskaran Singh, Milind Tandon, Rahul Chahar.

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD:  Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), IPL 2017 Match 13