Another Aaron Finch half-century, and his 85-run opening partnership with Brendon McCullum, who chipped in with a 31-ball 49, helped the Gujarat Lions register their second win in Season 9 of the Indian Premier League, beating fellow newbies Rising Pune Supergiants by 7 wickets in yet another comfortable chase this season.
The Supergiants won the toss and elected to bat first as Rajkot played host to an IPL game for the first time this season. Pune got off to a good start with South African skipper Faf du Plessis leading the way with an excellent 69 from just 43 balls. His innings was etched with 5 boundaries and 4 sixes. Du Plessis got good support from Ajinkya Rahane (21) and Kevin Pietersen (37), though in hind sight both batsmen should ideally have made better use of good batting conditions and scored at a brisker pace.