The Gujarat Lions had a tough task at hand with a competitive target of 189 but they fell short by 26 runs. Kings XI Punjab put up a total of 188/7 thanks to Hashim Amla’s half-century and cameos from Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell and Axar Patel. In reply, the Gujarat Lions could only manage 162/7 from their 20 overs. Though Dinesh Karthik top scored with an unbeaten 58, the wicketkeeper-batsman kept losing partners at the other end. With this win, Kings XI Punjab have stopped their losing streak in the cash-rich Twenty20 league. This was Punjab’s third victory in seven matches in the 10th edition of the IPL and first in five matches. Get highlights of Gujarat Lions vs Kings XI Punjab here (SCORECARD | LIVE STREAMING | IPL 2017 COVERAGE)
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19:32 hrs IST: The Kings XI have defeated Lions by 26 runs
19:30 hrs IST: And Kings XI win it! It is their first win in five outings in the IPL!
19:24 hrs IST: Can Basil Thampi do a Yuvraj Singh? GL need 36 off 6!
19:21 hrs IST: Only a miraculous innings can save GL now
19:19 hrs IST: It is a very difficult task now for the Gujarat Lions, they need 41 off the last 12 balls. Very difficult indeed
19:15 hrs IST: Dinesh Karthik brings up his half-century, his 13th in the IPL!
19:14 hrs IST: 47 needed from 18 balls!
19:10 hrs IST: OUT! Andrew Tye walks back to the pavilion after scoring 22
19:07 hrs IST: 61 are needed of the last 24 balls for Gujarat
19:05 hrs IST: 30 balls remain and 68 to get with four wickets in hand. Match headed for a tense finish!
19:02 hrs IST: Axar Patel will remember this day, won’t he?
19:00 hrs IST: After 14 overs, Gujarat Lions are 106/6
18:57 hrs IST: OUT! That is another one for Cariappa and he is on a hat-trick! Akshdeep went back to the pavilion for a golden duck!
18:55 hrs IST: And he is out too! Smith walks back to the pavilion after only hitting a boundary! Axar Patel picks up his 2nd wicket!
18:52 hrs IST: Dwayne Smith walks in for GL
18:50 hrs IST: OUT! Jadeja is caught and bowled by Cariappa!
18:47 hrs IST: GL need 107 off 60 balls with Dinesh Karthik and Ravindra Jadeja at the crease
18:45 hrs IST: After 10 overs, GL are 82/3
18:42 hrs IST: OUT! Raina is gone! The prized wicket!
18:38 hrs IST: GL are 63/2 after 8 overs
18:37 hrs IST: Raina has to come good this evening if Gujarat are to win this win this match
18:35 hrs IST: The hosts need another 131 runs to win in 13 overs, just above 10 runs per over.
18:33 hrs IST: GL are 58/2 after 7 overs
18:30 hrs IST: Too optimistic or are they really?
18:27 hrs IST: Dinesh Karthik has walked out in the middle to replace Finch
18:24 hrs IST: OUT! Finch is gone for 13 and this is a big blow for the Gujarat Lions
18:20 hrs IST: Mohit Sharma has been brought into the attack. He could be the key for the visiting team.
18:15 hrs IST: Finch had hit a lovely six on the last ball of the fourth over, the first of the GL innings
18:13 hrs IST: Glenn Maxwell brings in spinner Cariappa into the attack
18:10 hrs IST: Gujarat Lions are 36/1 after four overs.
18:05 hrs IST: Two attacking shots from Suresh Raina. The captain certainly looks in attacking mode at Rajot on Sunday
18:00 hrs IST: After 2 overs, Gujarat Lions are 14/1
17:58 hrs IST: Suresh Raina has come in to bat
17:54 hrs IST: OUT! McCullum is gone, that too in the first over of the second innings. GL are 6/1 after the 1st over!
17:52 hrs IST: Brendom McCullum and Aaron Finch are opening for Gujarat Lions and Sandeep Sharma has the ball in his hand
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17:40 hrs IST: Are they up for it?
17:35 hrs IST: At one point it was looking as if they will score much more than 200 when Amla was batting with Marsh and Maxwell but even then, this total is quite a challenging target for the home team.
17:30 hrs IST: And the Kings XI Punjab have ended at 188/7
17:25 hrs IST: Just one over to go!
17:22 hrs IST: OUT! Axar Patel departs after a well made 34! That was quite a blitz from the southpaw
17:20 hrs IST: Wriddhiman Saha comes out with 13 balls to go
17:19 hrs IST: Kings XI Punjab are five wickets down now
17:17 hrs IST: Andrew Tye has become the first bowler in the match to pick up two wickets and the Australian has removed Marcus Stoinis
17:13 hrs IST: After 17 overs, KXIP are 152/4
17:10 hrs IST: The Kings XI Punjab innings has slowed down after the wickets of Amla, Marsh and Maxwell
17:05 hrs IST: After 15 overs, KXIP are 135/4 with Axar Patel and Marcus Stoinis at the crease
17:02 hrs IST: OUT! Maxwell departs for 31
17:00 hrs IST: After 14 overs, Kings XI Punjab are 128/3
16:56 hrs IST: Agarwal has bagged the prized wicket of Amla! The South African walks back to the pavilion for a well made 65.
16:53 hrs IST: Time out!
16:51 hrs IST: Amla had also scored a hundred against Mumbai Indians on April 20. The South African is in form
16:50 hrs IST: Hashim Amla has just scored the third half-century in IPL. Brilliant batting from the South African.
16:47 hrs IST: Stat attack: With Vohra’s wicket, Dinesh Karthik has become the first wicketkeeper in the IPL to have 100 dismissals
16:46 hrs IST: In comes captain Glenn Maxwell
16:45 hrs IST: STAT ATTACK: Shaun Marsh and Andrew Tye play for the same Big Bash League team Perth Scorchers and this was the first time they faced against each other in competitive T20 cricket.
16:41 hrs IST: OUT! Tye has got the wicket of compatriot Marsh, who has to go back to the pavilion for a cameo of 30
16:38 hrs IST: After 9 overs, Kings XI Punjab are 80/1 after 9 overs
16:34 hrs IST: BANG! That is beautiful six over extra cover from the willow of Amla. Bowler Ravindra Jadeja does not look pleased!
16:32 hrs IST: Both Marsh and Amla have entered the 30s
16:27 hrs IST: Not a good welcome for Tye as he goes for 14 runs in his first over!
16:25 hrs IST: Hat-trick man Andrew Tye comes in to roll his arm over
16:22 hrs IST: Basil Thampi’s over gave away 11 runs with two boundaries from the willow of Shaun Marsh
16:18 hrs IST: After four overs, Kings XI are 25/1
16:17 hrs IST: Decent over from Raina, only six runs from it.
16:15 hrs IST: This is some bowling attack from Suresh Raina, three new bowlers bowling the first three overs of the match
16:14 hrs IST: And it is Suresh Raina, the captain, who comes in to roll over his arm
16:12 hrs IST: After two overs, KXIP are 16/1
16:10 hrs IST: Shaun Marsh has come out to bat in place of Vohra
16:08 hrs IST: Both Nathu Singh and Shubham Agarwal are playing their first games of IPL 2017
16:06 hrs IST: OUT! The first wicket falls and it is Manan Vohra who has to walk back to the pavilion for 2
16:03 hrs IST: The first over and two boundaries in it. Good start for the visiting team
16:01 hrs IST Shubham Agarwal opens for the hosts
16:00 hrs IST: Manan Vohra and Hashim Amla are opening the batting for Kings XI
15:57 hrs IST: We are only moments away from the start of the match
15:52 hrs IST: Gujarat Lions had won their previous match but also had lost two before that game
15:45 hrs IST: These are the changes to the Kings XI side for the match against GL
15:40 hrs IST: Kings XI are desperate for a win. They have lost all four previous games in the IPL
15:34 hrs IST: This is how the Gujarat Lions are gearing up for the encounter
15:31 hrs IST: Gujarat Lions have won the toss and opted to bowl against Kings XI Punjab in Rajkot
15:29 hrs IST: And this is big news that is coming in from Rajkot. Dwayne Bravo has been ruled out of IPL 2017
Going to miss this Champion! Unfortunately he has been ruled out this season due to injury! I wish him all the best for a speedy recovery! pic.twitter.com/XkKiMN9ojt— Keshav Bansal (@KeshavBansal08) April 23, 2017
15:27 hrs IST: Both the teams need wins to better their chances for qualifying for the playoffs. While Gujarat Lions languish in eighth position, Kings XI Punjab are sixth. Interestingly, both teams have only two wins from six outings.
15:25 hrs IST: Both the teams spent quite some time out in the field practising ahead of the game
15:21 hrs IST: We are only about 40 minutes away from the start of play
15:18 hrs IST: Here is how the standings look currently
15:15 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the Indian Premier League match between Gujarat Lions and Kings XI Punjab to be played at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot
KXIP are placed sixth with four points while GL are last with the same number of points. (IPL 2017 STANDINGS)
But the Gujarat Lions will take a lot of heart from their win against the formidable Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens with skipper Raina finally showing why he is rated high in the shortest format.
His 46-ball-84 against a potent KKR attack will certainly bolster their confidence after a string of defeats.