Gujarat Lions rode on some powerful batting to defeat Kings XI Punjab by six wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Mohali on Sunday evening.

Chasing a challenging target of 190 runs, Gujarat romped home with two deliveries to spare.

Gujarat now have eight points from 12 matches, while Punjab remain on 10 points from 11 matches.

Dwayne Smith played a starring role for Gujarat, smashing 74 runs off a mere 39 deliveries, hitting eight boundaries and four towering sixes along the way.

Smith and fellow Ishan Kishan gave Gujarat’s chase a rocking start, producing a opening partnership of 91 runs in just 9.2 overs before Punjab pacer Thangarasu Natarajan ended it as Kishan hit a full length delivery into the hands of David Miller at deep midwicket.

Smith followed him back to the pavilion a couple of overs later when he was dismissed by Glenn Maxwell.

Skipper Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthick then helped Gujarat get near the target with a 42-run stand which came off 35 balls before the former was caught by Gurkeerat Singh wide of deep midwicket while trying to smash a Sandeep Sharma delivery out of the park.

Aaron Finch was also dismissed later in the same over when he offerred an edge to Punjab wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha while attempting to pull a bouncer.

But Karthick and Ravindra Jadeja ensured that Gujarat achieved in the last over.

Earlier, a century from Hashim Amla and a half-century by Shaun Marsh helped Kings XI Punjab post 189/3.

Amla plundered 104 runs off 60 balls with eight boundaries and five sixes before being trapped lbw by an accurate yorker from Gujarat pacer Basil Thampi on the penultimate ball of the innings.

This was his second hundred in the IPL.

Amla was also involved two crucial partnerships with Marsh and Maxwell.

Marsh made 58 runs with six boundaries studding his 43-ball knock.

Gujarat pacers Thampi, Pradeep Sangwan and Dhawal Kulkarni picked up a wicket each.

Asked to bat first, Punjab were off to a slow start as Gujarat pacers Sangwan and Kulkarni maintained a tight line.

Sangwan struck in the very first over with a chest high-short ball to Gujarat opener Martin Guptill on the off stump line. The Kiwi star tried to hook the ball but only managed to offer a top edge to Thampi at long leg.

However, Amla and Marsh helped the hosts shake off the early jitters and steadied the innings with a 125-run partnership in 89-balls.

Amla batted well, showcasing his impeccable technique to find the gaps at regular intervals.

Kulkarni finally brought the stand to an end, dismissing Marsh with a slower delivery. The Australian was outfoxed by the change of pace and miscued his shot with Aaron Finch doing the honours at long on.

Marsh’s departure prompted Amla to go on the offensive and the South African star hit two sixes off consecutive overs.

Known for his classical technical batting, Amla also showcased his ability to improvise.

Thanks to big hitting Amla and excellent support from the other end by Maxwell, the Punjab run rate showed no signs of slowing down.

The duo added 50 runs between them off 25 balls with Amla doing most of the scoring.

The 34-year-old reached his century in style, smashing Thampi for a six over the cover boundary.

However, Thampi made a superb comeback, pitching an accurate yorker right in the block hole to trap Amla leg before.

Maxwell remained unbeaten on 20 runs off 11 deliveries which included two sixes. (IANS Match Report)

 

Ball-by-ball highlight of the match between Kings XI Punjab vs Gujarat Lions 

 

11: 33 PM IST | GL 192/4. Gujarat Lions beat Kings XI Punjab by 6 wickets

 

19.4: FOUR! Karthik plays inside out to sweeper cover; Gujarat wins the match with 2 deliveries to spare in the match

19.3: Karthik plays a dot ball; Gujarat Lions need 2 runs in 3 balls

19.2: Jadeja takes a single to long on

19.2: WIDE! Two in a row for Natarajan; free runs for Gujarat Lions

19.2: WIDE! Natarajan drifts to leg side

19.1: Natarajan to bowl the last over, begins with a couple to Karthik to backward point + 1 overthrow. 3 runs for Gujarat Lions

11: 26 PM IST | 19 overs bowled, GL 182/4. Gujarat Lions need 8 runs in 06 balls

18.6: Jadeja plays to mid wicket for a couple

18.5: Jadeja gets a couple to point

18.4: Karthik plays to long off for a single

18.3: FOUR! Karthik makes a little room and plays late to deep backward point boundary

18.2: SIX! Karthik pulls the short ball, takes a top edge and the ball flies over fine leg

18.1: Aaron into the attack, starts with a single to sweeper cover for Jadeja

11: 21 PM IST | 18 overs bowled, GL 166/4. Gujarat Lions need 24 runs in 12 balls

17.6: Jadeja gets off with a single 

17.5: Ravindra Jadeja starts with a dot ball

17.4: WICKET! Finch departs trying to pull the off cutter from Sandeep; good catch behind the stumps by Saha; GL 165/4

17.3: Aaron Finch is the new batsman, gets off the mark with a couple to mid wicket

17.2: Karthik takes a single to short mid on

17.1: Sandeep into the attack, starts with the big WICKET of Suresh Raina 39(25) caught at long on by Gurkeerat Singh; GL 162/3

11: 12 PM IST | 17 overs bowled, GL 162/2. Gujarat Lions need 28 runs in 18 balls

16.6: Raina takes a single to mid wicket

16.5: Raina plays a dot

16.4: DROPPED! Raina plays inside out in the air and Gurukeerat misses a sitter; 2 runs to Raina to long off

16.3: Karthik opens the face of the bat and takes a single to first slip; very good over so far by Aaron

16.2: Karthik tries to play upper cut, misses to make the contact with the ball; another dot ball

16.1: Varun Aaron into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Karthik

11: 05 PM IST | 16 overs bowled, GL 158/2. Gujarat Lions need 32 runs in 24 balls

15.6: SIX! Raina finishes the ball over long on for a maximum

15.5: Karthik plays on the rise to long off for a single

15.4: Raina plays to deep mid wicket for a single

15.3: Raina plays a dot; good change of pace by Mohit Sharma

15.2: Karthik plays to long on for a single

15.1: Mohit Sharma into the attack, starts with a dipping full length ball. 1 run to Raina to long on

11: 00 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, GL 147/2. Gujarat Lions need 42 runs in 30 balls

14.6: Raina takes a single to long on off the last ball

14.5: Karthik comes down the track and drives to sweeper cover for a single

14.4: Karthik pushes the ball to sweeper cover for a couple

14.3: Karthik plays to deep square leg for a couple

14.2: Raina takes a single to third man

14.1: Raina welcomes Natarajan with a FOUR to deep point

10: 54 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, GL 137/2

13.6: Raina takes a single off the lastball

13.5: Karthik plays off the backfoot to long on for a single

13.4: Raina flicks off the pads to mid wicket for a single

13.3: Karthik pulls the wide delivery by Mohit to deep mid wicket for a single

13.2: Raina plays down the wicket for a single

13.1: Mohit Sharma into the attack, starts with a single to Karthik between extra cover and long off

10: 50 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, GL 130/2

12.6: Karthik gets a single to third man

12.5: Karthik takes a couple to sweeper cover

12.4: Raina gets to the pitch of the ball and flicks to backward square leg for a single

12.3: Karthik plays to mid wicket for a single

12.2: Raina takes a single to mid wicket

12.1: Axar Patel into the attack, starts with a a couple to Raine to third man

10: 46 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, GL 123/2

11.6: Karthik plays a dot off the last ball

11.5: Raina plays to long on for a single

11.4: Dinesh Karthik is the new batsman, gets off the mark with a single to backward square leg

11.3: Raina plays to long off for a single

11.2: WICKET! Dwyane Smith 74(39) tries to go for another maximum against Maxwell, hands an easy catch to Guptill at mid wicket; GL 120/2

11.1: Maxwell into the attack, Smith welcomes him with a SIX over straight boundary

10: 41 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, GL 114/1

10.6: FOUR! Raina flicks to fine leg boundary

10.5: FOUR! Raina makes room and pulls the short ball from Aaron to deep mid wicket boundary

10.4: Raina plays a dot

10.3: Smith takes a single to cover

10.2: Raina flicks to square leg for a single

10.1: Varun Aaron into the attack, Leg byes (1 run); Smith off the strike

10: 36 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, GL 103/1

9.6: FOUR! Raina flicks the low full toss by Natarajan to square leg boundary

9.5: Smith picks a single to mid wicket

9.4: SIX! Smith picks the off cutter from Natarajan and plays over long on for a maximum

9.3: Suresh Raina gets off the mark with a single to fine leg

9.2: WICKET! Ishan Kishan 29(24) goes for a big shot, ball goes straight to David Miller at mid wicket; GL 91/1, breakthrough for Kinga XI Punjab

9.1: Natarajan into the attack. starts with a dot ball to Kishan

10: 31 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, GL 91/0

8.6: Smith plays a dot the last ball

8.5: Kishan pulls to long on for a single

8.4: Smith cuts to sweeper cover for a single

8.3: Kishan takes a single to long on; Smith back in the strike

8.2: Smith takes a single to sweeper cover

8.1: Axar Patel continues, Smith get enough for a SIX over long on

10: 28 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, GL 81/0

7.6: Smith takes a single off the last ball

7.5: DROPPED! Smith pulls to long on for 1 run, difficult chance for the fielder

7.4: Kishan takes a single to long off

7.3: FOUR! Kishan waits for the wide and short ball from Marwell and cuts to backward point boundary

7.2: Kishan plays a dot

7.1: Glenn Maxwell into the attack, Kishan welcomes with a FOUR between deep mid wicket and long on

10: 22 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, GL 69/0

6.6: SIX! Smith picks the tossed up ball and sends the ball over straight boundary; FIFTY for Dwayne Smith

6.5: Kishan takes a single to long on

6.4: Smith takes an easy single to long on

6.3: Kishan pulls the ball to mid wicket for a single

6.2: Smith flicks to backward square leg for a single

6.1: Axar Patel into the attack, Kishan cuts to point for a single

10: 18 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, GL 58/0. End of Power Play

5.6: Kishan takes a single to mid wicket

5.5: Kishan flicks the ball to backward square leg for 2 runs

5.4: DROPPED! Smith launches the slow delivery by Mohit into the orbit; David Miller drops a sitter at cover. 1 run to Smith

5.3: FOUR! Smith picks the fuller delivery from Mohit and plays in the air to deep mid wicket boundary

5.2: Smith plays a dot

5.1: Mohit Sharma into the attack, starts with a quick single to Kishan to short mid off; FIFTY for Gujarat

10: 12 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, GL 49/0

4.6: FOUR! Smith plays a half volley to long on

4.5: FREE-HIT! Kishan plays to long on for a single

4.5: Kishan plays a dot; umpire says NO ball. Sandeep is having a little confrontation with the umpire 

4.4: Leg-byes (1 run); Kishan comes to the strike

4.3: FOUR! Smith plays over bowlers head and to straight boundary; that was a short pitch delivery by Sandeep

4.2: Kishan plays to third man for a single

4.1: Sandeep continues, starts with a single to Smith to mid on

10: 07 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, GL 35/0

3.6: Smith plays another dot

3.5: Smith plays a dot

3.4: FOUR! Smith gets an edge and gets a boundary to wide of third man

3.3: FOUR! Smith cuts to backward point boundary

3.2: Smith places the ball to deep mid wicket for 2 runs

3.1: Varun Aaron into the attack, smith drives to mid on for a couple

10: 03 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, GL 23/0

2.6: Smith drives to short cover for a single off the last ball

2.5: Smith pushes the ball back to the bowler, another dot ball

2.4: Smith plays a dot ball

2.3: FOUR! Smith plays on the rise and shows a backfoot drive to sweeper cover

2.2: Smith pushes the ball back to the bowler; no run 

2.1: Sandeep continues, Kishan pulls to mid wicket for a single

09: 58 PM IST | 2 overs bowled, GL 17/0

1.6: Kishan pulls to deep mid wicket for a single

1.5: Kishan plays a dot

1.4: Smith takes a single to mid wicket

1.3: FOUR! Smith picks the slow fuller length delivery and drives between extra cover and long off

1.2: Smith plays a dot; well directed short bouncer by Mohit Sharma

1.1: Mohit Sharma into the attack, Smith welcomes with a FOUR to backward square leg

09: 54 PM IST | 1 over bowled, GL 7/0

0.6: Kishan plays a dot ball

0.5: Smith takes a single to mid wicket

0.4: Smith plays a dot ball to cover

0.3: Kishan takes a single to mid on

0.2: FOUR! Sandeep drifts to the pads, Kishan gets off the mark with a boundary to backward square leg

0.1: Sandeep Sharma to start the bowling attack for Kings XI Punjab, begins with a single to Smith

09: 48 PM IST | The Chase Begins! Gujarat Lions openers Dwayne Smith and  Ishan Kishan in the middle to start the proccedings

09: 33 PM IST | 20 overs bowled, KXIP 189/3

19.6: Two runs off the last ball off Thampi

19.5: WICKET! Amla is given Lbw; end of a yet another great inning by Hashim Amla 104(60)

19.4: SIX! Amla reaches to his second HUNDRED of this IPL season

19.3: Maxwell takes a single to long on; Amla back in the strike

19.2: Amla pulls to deep square leg for a single

19.1: Thampi to bowl the last over and Amla welcomes with a FOUR to deep extra cover

09: 27 PM IST | 19 overs bowled, KXIP 175/2

18.6: Maxwell plays a dot off the last ball

18.5: SIX! Maxwell moves towards leg side and lofts the ball over long on; two in a row for Maxwell

18.4: SIX! Maxwell picks the short ball and launches the ball over deep mid wicket boundary for maximum

18.3: Amla plays to long off for a single; good over so far for Gujarat

18.2: Maxwell takes a single over bowlers head; Amla back on strike

18.1: Sangwan into the attack, maxwell takes a couple to long off

09: 22 PM IST | 18 overs bowled, KXIP 159/2

17.6: Amla takes 2 runs to deep point

17.5: Maxwell takes a single to long on

17.4: Amla takes a single to long on

17.3: FOUR! Amla hammers the length ball from Faulkner to straight boundary

17.2: Maxwell takes a single to long on

17.1: Faulkner in the attack, starts with a yorker to Maxwell; no run

09: 18 PM IST | 17 overs bowled, KXIP 150/2

16.6: FOUR! Amla opens the blade and slices the ball to square third man

16.5: FOUR! Amla reverse scoops over short third man for a boundary

16.4: Maxwell takes a single to point

16.3: Amla plays to long on for a single; Maxwell gets to the strike

16.2: SIX! Thampi bowls slow and short, Amla pulls the ball over deep mid wicket

16.1: Thampi into the attack, Glenn Maxwell gets off the mark with a single to point

09: 13 PM IST | 16 overs bowled, KXIP 133/2

15.6: Amla plays a dot of the last ball

15.5: SIX! Amla picks the slow ball and lofts it over straight boundary

15.4: WICKET! Shaun Marsh 58(43) goes for a big hit, Kulkarni changes the pace of the ball and the ball goes straight to long off fielder Finch

15.3: Amla drives the ball to sweeper cover for a single; good variations by Kulkarni

15.2: Amla pulls the ball between midwicket and long on for 2 runs

15.1: Kulkarni into the attack, starts with a single to Marsh to short cover

09: 08 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, KXIP 123/1

14.6: Marsh takes a single to extra cover

14.5: Amla tries to reverse scoop, gets thick outside edge. 1 run to short third man

14.4: Marsh plays to backward point for a single

14.3: Amla takes a single to backward square leg; that was a low full toss

14.2: Marsh takes a quick single to short fine leg

14.1: Thampi into the attack, Marsh cuts it to square of the wicket for FOUR

09: 03 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, KXIP 114/1

13.6: Amla plays a dot off the last ball

13.5: Amla takes a couple to square leg

13.4: Amla plays a dot

13.3: Marsh plays to point for a single; FIFTY for Shaun Marsh

13.2: Amla flicks off the pads to backward square leg for a single

13.1: Kulkarni into the attack, Marsh takes a single to backward point 

08: 57 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, KXIP 109/1

12.6: SIX! Amla plays on the up and lifts the ball over straight boundary

12.5: Amla goes for a big hit, misses to connect; turn and  bounce for Soni

12.4: Amla cuts to point for no run

12.3: Marsh sweeps to short fine leg for a single

12.2: Amla takes a single to long on; FIFTY for Hashim Amla

12.1: Soni into the attack, Amla gets a leading edge and the ball goes to cover point; 2 runs for Amla. Hundred up for KXIP

08: 53 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, KXIP 99/1

11.6: Amla plays to deep mid wicket for a single; will retain strike

11.5: Marsh takes a single to mid on

11.4: Amla takes a single to mid wicket; easy picking for Amla

11.3: Marsh flicks to long on for a single

11.2: Marsh takes a couple to deep mid wicket

11.1: Faulkner offers width outside off stump, Marsh welcomes him with a FOUR to third man

08: 49 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, KXIP 89/1

10.6: Amla takes a couple to cover off the last ball

10.5: Marsh plays to long on for a single

10.4: Amla drives to long off for a single; good flight by Soni

10.3: Amla plays over the point fielder for 2 runs

10.2: Marsh plays towards long on for a single

10.1: Soni into the attack, Amla flicks the ball to mid wicket for a single

08: 45 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, KXIP 81/1

9.6: FOUR! Faulkner bowls to the pads on leg side, Marsh flicks to fine leg boundary

9.5: Amla pushes the low full toss to long on for a single

9.4: Marsh opens the blade of bat and guides the ball to short third man for a quick single

9.3: Amla punches to sweeper cover for a single

9.2: Amla flicks off the pads to backward square leg for 2 runs

9.1: Faulkner into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Amla

08: 40 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, KXIP 72/1

8.6: Amla punches the ball to sweeper cover for a single

8.5: Marsh takes a single to backward square leg

8.4: Amla flicks the ball to deep mid wicket

8.3: Marsh punches the ball to backward square leg for a single

8.3: WIDE!

8.2: Marsh plays a dot ball to short fine leg 

8.1: Jadeja continues, Marsh flicks to backward square leg for FOUR

08: 37 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, KXIP 63/1

7.6: Marsh finishes the over with a single to long on 

7.5: FOUR! Marsh belts the ball to deep mid wicket boundary

7.4: Amla takes a single to long on

7.3: Marsh plays to long on for a single

7.2: Marsh plays a dot

7.1: Soni into the attack, starts with a couple to marsh between midwicket and long on

08: 32 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, KXIP 54/1

6.6: Marsh takes a single off the last ball to mid wicket

6.5: Marsh pulls the short ball from Jadeja to deep mid wicket; FIFTY up for KXIP

6.4: Marsh plays a dot

6.3: Amla takes a single to backward square leg

6.2: Marsh takes a couple to off side

6.1: Ravindra Jadeja into the attack, starts with a single to Amla to short cover

08: 29 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, KXIP 44/1. End of Power Play

5.6: Amla takes a quick single to silly point

5.5: FOUR! Amla picks the fuller ball and flicks off the pads to mid wicket boundaryy

5.4: Marsh takes a single to mid on; good change of pace by Faulkner

5.3: Marsh takes a couple to cover

5.2: Amla takes a single to short fine leg for a single

5.1: Amla welcomes Faulkner with a handsome SIX over extra cover

08: 24 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, KXIP 29/1

4.6: Amla takes a quick single to cover point

4.5: FOUR! Amla plays inside outside to sweeper cover boundary

4.4: Marsh takes a single to mid on 

4.3: Amla takes a single to point

4.2: Marsh takes a single to third man

4.1: Basil Thampi into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Marsh

08: 20 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, KXIP 21/1

3.6: Marsh takes a single off the last ball

3.6: WIDE! Second of the over for Kulkarni

3.5: Amla takes a single off the last ball to mid on

3.5: WIDE!

3.4: Marsh takes a single to silly point

3.3: Amla takes a single to extra cover

3.2: Marsh flicks to deep mid wicket for a single

3.1: Kulkarni continues, starts with a quick single to Amla to mid off

08: 13 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, KXIP 13/1

2.6: Amla takes a single to mid on off the last ball

2.5: FOUR! Amla goes back in the crease and punches the ball to sweeper cover; two boundaries in a row for Amla

2.4: FOUR! Hasim Amla plays off the pads to mid wicket boundary; Amla gets off the mark is style

2.3: Amla drives to cover point, can’t find the gap; no run

2.2: Marsh plays down the ground to mid off for a single

2.1: Sangwan continues, starts with a dot ball to Marsh to point 

08: 09 PM IST | 2 overs bowled, KXIP 3/1

1.6: Amla ends the over with a dot

1.5: Amla plays down the ground to short cover, no run

1.4: Amla plays a dot

1.3: Marsh gets off the mark with a single to third man

1.2: Marsh plays a dot to point

1.1: Dhawal Kulkarni into the attack, starts with a dot ball to new batsman Shaun Marsh

08: 04 PM IST | 1 over bowled, KXIP 2/1

0.6: Dot to finish the over for Amla

0.5: WICKET! Guptill tries to pull the short bouncer, gets a top edge and ball goes straight to Basil Thampi at fine leg. KXIP 2/1

0.4: Guptill plays another dot

0.3: Guptill plays down the ground o short cover; no run

0.2: Guptill plays a dot ball

0.1: Pradeep Sangwan to start the bowling attack for Gujarat Lions, begins with a couple to Martin Guptill; First runs on board for KXIP and Guptill

07: 58 PM IST | The Match Begins! Kings XI Punjab openers Hashim Amla and Martin Guptill are in the middle

07: 55 PM IST | Here is the final playing XI for Kings XI Punjab and Gujarat Lions

Team Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (c), Hashim Amla, Martin Guptill, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha (w), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan

Team Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (c)Dinesh Karthik (w), Dwayne Smith, Ishan Kishan, Aaron Finch, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pradeep Sangwan, Basil Thampi, Ankit Soni

07: 40 PM IST | OVERVIEW!

Skipper Glenn Maxwell is due for a big score after getting under 200 runs in 10 matches, with an unbeaten 44 being his highest score this season.

Lions have also suffered a body blow losing their opener Brendon McCullum, who will miss the remaining matches after suffering a hamstring strain.

07: 35 PM IST | TOSS TIME! Gujarat Lions Captain Suresh Raina has won the toss and decided to bowl first against Kings XI Punjab

 

First Published | 7 May 2017 7:30 PM
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