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IPL 2017: Knuckle ball a powerful weapon for bowlers in this tournament, believes Aaron Finch

IPL 2017: Knuckle ball a powerful weapon for bowlers in this tournament, believes Aaron Finch

"It is a very good ball, it's something the fast bowlers have started to develop a lot," Finch said when asked about the knuckle ball.

IPL 2017: Gujarat Lions confident of winning five of next six matches, says Aaron Finch

IPL 2017: Gujarat Lions confident of winning five of next six matches, says Aaron Finch

Finch also said he and Suresh Raina were trying to get ahead of the run-rate so that in an eventuality of losing wickets, the remaining firepower of batting in the form of Dinesh Karthik and James Faulkner, could take charge get the winning runs.

IPL 2017: Aaron Finch demoralises Samuel Badree with 105m long six — WATCH

IPL 2017: Aaron Finch demoralises Samuel Badree with 105m long six — WATCH

His 72 off 34 balls helped the Lions chased down RCB's 134 with relative ease, winning the match by seven wickets.

IPL 2017, Match 31: Gujarat Lions steamroll Royal Challengers Bangalore, compound Virat Kohli's woes

IPL 2017, Match 31: Gujarat Lions steamroll Royal Challengers Bangalore, compound Virat Kohli's woes

Chasing 135 to win, Gujarat lost both openers -- Ishan Kishan (16) and Brendon McCullum (3) -- to be reduced to 23-2 but Finch blasted 5 fours and 6 sixes in his scintillating 34 -ball 72-run innings as the visitors romped home with 6.1 overs to spare.

IPL 2017, Match 23: Brilliant Suresh Raina helps struggling Gujarat Lions beat Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets

IPL 2017, Match 23: Brilliant Suresh Raina helps struggling Gujarat Lions beat Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets

This is Gujarat's second win of the season which pushed Rising Pune Supergiant to bottom as five teams now are on four points.

IPL 2017: Aaron Finch misses crucial match against Mumbai Indians as his kit bag didn't arrive in time

IPL 2017: Aaron Finch misses crucial match against Mumbai Indians as his kit bag didn't arrive in time

Finch has reportedly left his kit bag in Rajkot and when it didn't turn up in time, the 30-year-old was replaced in the squad by Englishman Jason Roy.

IPL 2017, Match 13: Gujarat Lions vs Rising Pune Supergiant — As it happened...

IPL 2017, Match 13: Gujarat Lions vs Rising Pune Supergiant — As it happened...

Gujarat Lions finally register their first victory this season in IPL, courtesy Andrew Tye's five-wicket haul and controlled batting performance.

 

IPL 2017: Afghan wonder boy Rashid Khan BAMBOOZLES Suresh Raina's Gujarat Lions — WATCH

IPL 2017: Afghan wonder boy Rashid Khan BAMBOOZLES Suresh Raina's Gujarat Lions — WATCH

His figures of 4-0-19-3 helped Sunrisers Hyderabad restrict to 135.

Gujarat Lions – Suresh Raina & Co's star-studded batting line-up is a nightmare for any opposition

Gujarat Lions – Suresh Raina & Co's star-studded batting line-up is a nightmare for any opposition

With Champions Trophy scheduled to begin in June, the IPL 10 is a make or break situation for Suresh Raina, who has been out of the Indian team for quite some time.

Sri Lanka beat Australia by 5 wickets in a last bowler thriller in first T20I

Sri Lanka beat Australia by 5 wickets in a last bowler thriller in first T20I

Lasith Malinga played his first international match in 12 months and claimed two wickets in two balls and took a couple of catches 

Indian Premier League 2017: Gujarat Lions rope in Mohammad Kaif as assistant coach

Indian Premier League 2017: Gujarat Lions rope in Mohammad Kaif as assistant coach

Kaif had a great stint with both the Indian U-19 and the senior team. He is the first U-19 Indian captain to win the World Cup

WATCH: Lasith Malinga destroys Aussie batsman's stumps on T20 comeback with unplayable ball

WATCH: Lasith Malinga destroys Aussie batsman's stumps on T20 comeback with unplayable ball

Malinga played his last international match in June 2016 in an Asia Cup match against UAE in which he injured his knee.

NZ vs AUS, 3rd ODI: Ross Taylor, Trent Boult guide Kiwis to 24-run victory as black-caps clinch series 2-0

NZ vs AUS, 3rd ODI: Ross Taylor, Trent Boult guide Kiwis to 24-run victory as black-caps clinch series 2-0

New Zealand wrapped up an eighth consecutive bilateral one-day series win at home, and move up the third spot on the ICC ODI Rankings.

ICC Rankings: Indian Captain Virat Kohli maintains top slot of batsman; India move to second spot in T20Is

ICC Rankings: Indian Captain Virat Kohli maintains top slot of batsman; India move to second spot in T20Is

Yuzvendra Chahal, who took six for 25 in the series decider, has rocketed 92 places to claim 86th position.

New Zealand vs Australia: Matthew Wade ruled out of ODI series due to injury, Aaron Finch to lead against Kiwis

New Zealand vs Australia: Matthew Wade ruled out of ODI series due to injury, Aaron Finch to lead against Kiwis

Wade hurt his back preparing for the opening match in Auckland on Monday and missed the six-run loss.

Australia vs Sri Lanka: Chris Lynn makes comeback as Aussies announce T20I squad for series against Sri Lanka

Australia vs Sri Lanka: Chris Lynn makes comeback as Aussies announce T20I squad for series against Sri Lanka

Aaron Finch leads the squad as they look to improve Australia`s current Twenty20 ranking of sixth in the world.

Aaron Finch named Australia's T20I captain for three-match series against Sri Lanka

Aaron Finch named Australia's T20I captain for three-match series against Sri Lanka

Wade, who recently hit his maiden ODI hundred, was named Australia’s captain late last week in the wake of an ankle injury to full-time skipper Steve Smith in the last VB Series ODI against Pakistan in Adelaide last Thursday.

Australia rest David Warner, recall Aaron Finch for upcoming ODI series against New Zealand

Australia rest David Warner, recall Aaron Finch for upcoming ODI series against New Zealand

Western Australian batsman Shaun Marsh is the only other change to the one-day side that have already won the current one-day series against Pakistan 3-1 with a match left to play in Adelaide on Wednesday.

Aus vs Pak: Chris Lynn, Billy Stanlake to make ODI debuts at Brisbane as hosts look to continue winning streak

Aus vs Pak: Chris Lynn, Billy Stanlake to make ODI debuts at Brisbane as hosts look to continue winning streak

Smith said he expected right-hander Lynn to play with the same freedom he has shown in Twenty20 Big Bash League.

Aus vs Pak: Chris Lynn, Billy Stanlake picked in ODI squad, Aaron Finch, George Bailey out

Aus vs Pak: Chris Lynn, Billy Stanlake picked in ODI squad, Aaron Finch, George Bailey out

Lynn has been in sensational form in the ongoing season of Big Bash League (BBL), while Queensland paceman Billy Stanlake was picked despite playing just two first-class appearances and four List A matches.