Gujarat Lions has chase down 190 comfortably to defeat host Kings XI Punjab by 6 wickets as Amla’s ton goes in vain. Played at IS Bindra Stadium, the host were eyeing for playoffs berth.
Gujarat Lions captain Suresh Raina won the toss and elected to field first. Left arm seamer, Pradeep Sangwan strucked early to remove dangerous Martin Guptill. Hashim Amla and Shaun Marsh then added 125 runs off 89 balls for the second wicket as pair punished Gujarat bowlers. While Shaun Marsh went past another fifty, 58 off 43 balls, it was Hashim Amla who lead the charge, brought up his second century this IPL season. He scored 104 off 60 balls and was involved in 60 run partnership with Maxwell to take Kings XI Punjab inning to a total of 189 for 3 on the scoreboard.
The stage was set for an easy win in the chase by Ishan Kishan and Dwayne Smith as the opening pair put 91 in 9.2 overs before Ishan Kishan was caught off Natarajan bowling. It was Dwayne Smith who hammered Kings XI Punjab bowlers everywhere as he scored 74 off 39 balls. With valuable contribution from captain Suresh Raina, 39 off 25 balls and Dinesh Karthik, Gujarat was looking forward to a comfortable win.
Gujarat was on driver seat till the 17th over with 28 required off 18 balls and 8 wickets in hand. It was Sandeep Sharma’s 18th over which showed some hope for KXIP and swung the match in Kings XI favor as he got rid of inform Suresh Raina and Aaron Finch. He leaked just 4 runs in that over as Gujarat required 24 off two overs.
It was Varun Aaron who leaked 16 runs in the penultimate over which brought the equation to 8 required off the final over. It was a calk-walk for Dinesh Karthik(35 not out of 23 balls) and Ravindra Jadeja as Gujarat won by 6 wickets with 2 balls to spare.
While Gujarat Lions is already out of the race for playoffs, Kings XI Punjab still have a chance – if they win all their remaining three matches or atleast win two games and hope Sunrisers loses their remaining two games.
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