One of the new IPL 2016 teams, the Gujarat Lions, have won their first match in the Indian Premier League. The Gujarat Lions have beaten the Kings XI Punjab team by five wickets at the match played in Mohali.
The Gujarat Lions are certainly off to a great start in this year’s edition of the IPL. The team won the toss and elected to start off bowling. Bowling first was clearly a good decision, and took the team on to win the game. The Pune bowlers did a good job, and the team is considered to be one of the most balanced of the Indian Premier League teams.
It appears that the Gujarat Lions have the potential to be good contenders in the IPL 2016. Dwayne Bravo reached a record during the match, becoming the first bowler to pass the 300 wicket mark in the history of Twenty20 games. Bravo is clearly the team’s top bowler, and reached his record while he bowled 4/22. His quality bowling went a long way towards the team winning its first match.
The Gujarat Lions will be playing against the other newcomer, Rising Pune Supergiants, in their next match. Many have predicted that Rising Pune Supergiants will win the match, but only time will tell if the Gujarat Lions can win their second match or not. The game will take place on April 14th, 2016.
Rising Pune Supergiants beat Mumbai Indians, the defending champions in their opening match on April 9th. The new team, under the guidance of skipper MS Dhoni, won by nine wickets.
The IPL 2016 has gotten off to a somewhat slot start. When comparing the current cricket tournament to the recent ICC World Twenty20, where the drama was of a high level, it is clear that the IPL still has a way to go when it comes to excitement. No doubt, the IPL 2016 will get there soon after the first few matches are over.