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IPL 2017: Kings XI Punjab Thump Gujarat Lions By 26 Runs In Rajkot 

IPL 2017: Kings XI Punjab Thump Gujarat Lions By 26 Runs In Rajkot

Kings XI Punjab’s all round performance has helped the side to beat Gujarat Lions convincingly by 26 runs, in the match number 26 in Rajkot, as the hosts kept losing wickets at the regular intervals.

Wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik (58* off 44 balls) fought bravely and kept the scorecard ticking from the other end, as he scored a splendid half-century after Kings XI spinners KC Carriapa and Axar Patel claimed two wickets each to halt the hosts’ run chase alongside fast bowler Sandeep Sharma (2 for 40) in four overs.

Lions were able to post 162 on the board, as Basil Thampi was another batsman, who remained unbeaten on 10 off 11 balls.

Andrew Tye (22 off 12 balls), who tried to heave the ball over long on, was clean bowled by Sandeep Sharma in the 17th over on a peach of a delivery which reverses into the right-handed batsman before cannoning into the stumps.

In 12th over, KC Cariappa claimed a simple catch of Ravindra Jadeja (9 off seven balls) on his follow-through, as went on to claim two wickets in two balls when he caught Akshdeep Nath (0 off 1 ball) plumb in front, on the very first ball of 14th over.

Dwayne Smith (4 off 4 balls) was caught by Stonis in the deep on the bowling of Axar Patel. Lions skipper Suresh Raina, who looked in all sort of control to anchor the innings was sent back to the pavilion by left-arm orthodox spinner Patel when Glenn Maxwell jumped to perfect at the boundary line to claim a brilliant catch – to see Lions 70 for three in nine overs. Raina scored 24-ball 32 which included four boundaries.

In sixth over, Lions lost Aaron Finch when he was caught at the edge of the circle by Marcus Stoinis, as he held onto the catch just inches from the ground.

Moreover, there was bit of a drama taking place, as Finch was sure that catch wasn’t clean and marked his guard after on-field umpire Anil Chaudhary’s soft dismissal was out while going upstairs in the sixth over when Lions posted 46 on the scoreboard

On the bowling of Mohit Sharma, Finch was declared out by third umpire Shamsuddin after replays suggested Stonis has completed a clean catch. While chasing the target of 188 runs, Gujarat Lions opener Brendon McCullum (6 off 6 balls), who has been among the runs was dismissed by fast bowler Sandeep Sharma, in the very first over of the second innings after a low full toss wrapped on his pad before Marais Erasmus made his easiest decision.

Earlier, Gujarat Lions skipper Suresh Raina elected to field first against struggling Kings XI Punjab side, which lost four games on the trot after winning first two matches of this season, as individual performance didn’t make much difference to the team, in the first six games.

While riding on the back of in-form Hashim Amla, who scored 65 off 40 balls to become leading run scorer (299) in the season, before being caught and bowled by leg-spinner Shubham Agarwal, Kings XI posted 187 on board for the loss of seven wickets. Moreover, Mohit Sharma remained not out on four off three balls.

The middle-order batsmen contributed and knitted crucial partnership for the visitors, as they provided the Mohali-based bowlers with a total to defend for. Axar Patel played a significant cameo off 17-ball 34 to provide late order blitz at the strike-rate of 200.

After smashing three boundaries and two sixes, Patel was caught by Aaron Finch on the bowling of Dwayne Smith.

The 21-year-old right-arm fast bowler Nathu Singh bagged a wicket alongside Shubham Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Smith, who was taken to the cleaners in his only over as he gave away 18 runs.

For Gujarat Lions, the pick of the bowler was Andrew Tye, who claimed two wickets after conceding 35 runs in four overs. Wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha scored 10 off five balls before Basil Thampi ran him out.

All-rounder Marcus Stoinis was dismissed cheaply by Andrew Tye when Brendon completed a running catch in the deep. Stoinis scored seven off nine balls.

Shaun Marsh, who is playing his second game of this season, scored 24-ball 30 before being dismissed by countryman Andrew Tye when latter was caught by Suresh Raina. The left-handed batsman Marsh posted 70 runs for the second wicket alongside Amla.

In the 15th over, Skipper Glenn Maxwell, who was going well, was caught plumb in front by Ravindra Jadeja when he was batting on 31 off 18 balls which further was laced with three sixes and a boundary.

Kings XI lost its first wicket in the second over when Manan Vohra was dismissed by Nathu Singh after being caught by wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik.

The 23-year-old Vohra was inducted into the Playing XI after recovering from illness and returned to the pavilion after scoring just two of four balls.

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