Indian Premier League 2016, Match 3: Kings XI Punjab vs Gujarat Lions - As it happened...
In the 3rd match of IPL's ninth edition, Gujarat Lions crush listless Kings XI Punjab at PCA stadium, Mohali.
Gujarat Lions Innings
Over 17.3 || Score 162/5 (Bravo 2, Karthik 41)
Mohit to bowl the over. After three singles off the first three balls, Karthik pulled the bowler towards mid-wicket to finish off the game. And with the new franchise Gujarat Lions beat Kings XI Punjab by five wickets in their season opener.
Over 17 || Score 155/5 (Bravo 0, Karthik 36)
Johnson with his last over. Karthik charged down the wicket to hit the pacer over extra covers for a boundary. Kishan then slogged the bowler towards square leg for a boundary. Kishan Out! Bravo is the new man in. Well set batsman Karthik played an excellent straight drive to get a boundary. Gujarat need 7 runs from 18 balls.
Over 16 || Score 142/4 (Kishan 7, Karthik 27)
Sahu to bowl his last over. Four runs came off the first five balls. Off the last came a boundary from Kishan's willow. Gujarat need 20 runs from 24 balls.
Over 15 || Score 134/4 (Kishan 1, Karthik 26)
Bowling spearhead of KXIP Johnson into the attack. Jadeja RUN OUT! Smart footwork by the pacer. India's U-19 World Cup skipper Ishan Kishan joined Karthik in the middle. Gujarat need 28 runs from 30 balls.
RA Jadeja run out 8 (12b)
Over 14 || Score 130/3 (Jadeja 7, Karthik 26)
Sahu with his 3rd over. Nine came from the over as Karthik hit a boundary off the last ball. Gujarat need 32 runs from 36 balls.
Over 13 || Score 121/3 (Jadeja 3, Karthik 21)
Mohit is back to bowl his 2nd over. Tight over by the seamer. But home side need wicket to win the match. Gujarat need 41 runs from 42 balls.
Over 12 || Score 117/3 (Jadeja 0, Karthik 20)
Spinner Sahu finally foxed dangerous Finch and got his wicket. A big wicket for KXIP. Ten runs came in the over along with the all-important wicket. Jadeja walked into the crease.
AJ Finch st Saha b Sahu 74 (47b)
Over 11 || Score 107/2 (Finch 69, Karthik 15)
Sandeep Sharma back into attack. But there is no stopping opener Finch from hitting boundaries at regular intervals. In the fourth ball he played an upper cut to score another boundary. It seems that KXIP have thrown in the towel way too early in the match.
Over 10 || Score 98/2 (Finch 61, Karthik 14)
Pardeep Sahu set to bowl the over. Third ball was played towards deep mid-wicket by Finch as he hit his 10th boundary. Nine came from the over. Gujarat need 64 off 60 balls.
Over 9 || Score 89/2 (Finch 54, Karthik 12)
Patel in his 2nd over gave mere six runs to put some brake on the run flow.
Over 8 || Score 83/2 (Finch 51, Karthik 10)
Stoinis to continue. Finch is looking in a hurry to finish off the game as soon as possible. He hit the bowler for two boundaries and with that completed his fifty in style. And then off the last ball, Karthik too smashed a boundary as the bowler leaked 15 in the over.
Over 7 || Score 68/2 (Finch 41, Karthik 5)
Axar Patel to bowl his opening over. Karthik and Finch both collected a boundary each to add 11 more runs in their total.
Over 6 || Score 57/2 (Finch 35, Karthik 0)
Marcus Stoinis, who contributed well with the bat in set to bowl his opening over. Raina Out! After hitting the bowler for six, Raina went for another big shot, but time he couldn't read the slower one and gave catch to Johnson at mid-wicket. DK is the new man in.
SK Raina c Johnson b Stoinis 20 (9b)
Over 5 || Score 45/1 (Finch 29, Raina 14)
Johnson back into the attack after a small breather. But Finch is looking unstoppable at the moment. He guide the 2nd ball towards fine third man to hit his fifth boundary. Nine from the over.
Over 4 || Score 36/1 (Finch 23, Raina 13)
Bowling change, Mohit Sharma into the attack. Finch is looking dangerous at the moment as he is smacking the ball hard. He whacked the bowler for two boundaries off the first two balls. Then Raina collected a another boundary in the last ball as the bowler leaked 13 in it.
Over 3 || Score 23/1 (Finch 14, Raina 9)
Sandeep to continue. Raina dispatched the bowler for a six over mid-off off the 4th ball. What a hit! Good over for the batting side as the bowler conceded 11 runs.
Over 2 || Score 12/1 (Finch 12, Raina 0)
Mitchell Johnson to bowl the over. Skipper Raina has come to the middle. Finch hit the bowler for two boundaries to get some confidence. Raina is yet to open his account.
Over 1 || Score 1/1 (Finch 1)
While defending 161, Sandeep Sharma gave KXIP a perfect start. Brendon McCullum out! He came down the track, missed the line completely and glove-man Saha took no time to dislodge the bails.
BB McCullum st Saha b Sandeep Sharma 0 (2b)
Over 20 || Score 161/6 (Johnson 0, Axar 4)
Bravo to bowl the last over of the innings. Two singles from the first two balls. Then came two wickets from consecutive balls in the form of Saha and Stoinis. Off the last two balls came four runs. Home side KXIP put up a challenging total of 161 in front of Gujarat Lions.
MP Stoinis c Finch b Bravo 33 (22b)
WP Saha c Jadeja b Bravo 20 (25b)
Over 19 || Score 155/4 (Saha 19, Stoinis 32)
Faulkner to bowl the penultimate over of the innings. Four runs came off the first four deliveries. Then came a single off the next. Last ball, Stoinis again hit a boundary off the last ball. Nine from the over.
Over 18 || Score 146/4 (Saha 14, Stoinis 28)
Praveen Kumar with his last over, he has bowled well thus far in the match. Four singles have come in the first four ball. Then came a double. Last ball, Stoinis scooped the ball towards fine leg for a boundary. Ten from the over.
Over 17 || Score 136/4 (Saha 12, Stoinis 20)
Skipper has a lot of full confidence in Faulkner as even after going for runs the bowler is set to bowl his 3rd over. But this time he didn't disappoint his skipper as he conceded mere six runs.
Over 16 || Score 130/4 (Saha 10, Stoinis 17)
Strike bowler Praveen Kumar is back into the attack. Superb over by the seamer, as he conceded mere five.
Over 15 || Score 125/4 (Saha 8, Stoinis 14)
After expensive first over, Faulkner back into the attack. Third ball was short and wide and Stoinis cut it towards points to get a boundary. Poor bowling by the Australian. 11 runs came in the over.
Over 14 || Score 114/4 (Saha 6, Stoinis 7)
Bravo with his 3rd over. Stoinis pulled the 5th ball towards fine leg to get his first boundary. Seven from the over.
Over 13 || Score 107/4 (Saha 4, Stoinis 2)
Marcus Stoinis and Wriddhiman Saha are the two new man in the middle. Jadeja with his last over. And the left-arm spinner conceded five runs. Excellent display of spin bowling by the seasoned campaigner 4-0-30-2.
Over 12 || Score 102/4 (Saha 1)
Bravo to continue. It would be a challenge for the bowler to stop both the explosive batsmen from playing big shots. Maxwell clean bowled! And then came CHAMPION DANCE. Wriddhiman Saha joined skipper in the middle. Twin strike! Miller Out! Slower one and clean bowled. What an over by DJ!
DA Miller b Bravo 15 (10b)
GJ Maxwell b Bravo 2 (4b)
Over 11 || Score 98/2 (Miller 14; Maxwell 1)
Jadeja with his 3rd over. Vijay out! Trying to hit a big shot, Vijay missed the line completely and was clean bowled. Glenn Maxwell is the new man in. Miller dispatched the last ball for a six over long on.
M Vijay b Jadeja 42 (34b)
Over 10 || Score 87/1 (Miller 5; Vijay 41)
Superstar of the Gujarat franchise DJ Bravo has come to bowl his first over. Tight over first up by the seamer as he conceded mere five runs.
Over 9 || Score 82/1 (Miller 4; Vijay 37)
Vohra Out! After Vohra hit Jadeja for a six over mid-wicket, the bowler sent the batsman back to the pavilion off the next ball. Skipper Miller has promoted himself up, and straight away collected a boundary to open his account.
M Vohra c Karthik b Jadeja 38 (23b)
Over 8 || Score 71/0 (Vohra 32; Vijay 37)
Ladda to continue. The leggie has a lot of variety up his sleeves. And he is tossing the ball up. Fourth ball was a full toss and Vohra slapped the bowler over his head for a massive six (105m). Then came another boundary, this time towards cow corner. Another good over for KXIP as 14 came off it.
Over 7 || Score 57/0 (Vohra 21; Vijay 34)
Experienced Ravindra Jadeja to bowl his opening over. Three runs came off the first five balls. Last ball, came a double form Vohra's willow. Five from the over.
Over 6 || Score 52/0 (Vohra 19; Vijay 33)
2nd bowling change as leg-spinner Sarabjit Ladda is set to roll his arm. Fourth ball was dispatched over long on for a boundary by Vijay as KXIP crossed the 50-run mark. Fine over first up by the bowler. Seven from the over.
Over 5 || Score 45/0 (Vohra 18; Vijay 27)
Australian James Faulkner set to bowl his 1st over. Vohra welcomed him with a boundary. Vohra Dropped by Bravo off the next ball. In the last two balls, Vohara hit two more boundaries. Expensive over by the left-arm seamer as he leaked 14 from it.
Over 4 || Score 31/0 (Vohra 4; Vijay 27)
Vijay is looking in fine nick. He is dealing in boundaries at the moment. He hit two class shots to get two boundaries off Sangwan's 2nd over. 11 runs came from the over.
Over 3 || Score 20/0 (Vohra 3; Vijay 17)
Praveen to continue. Vijay collected his 2nd boundary of the match as he played the bowler towards cover point region off the 5th ball. Seven from the over.
Over 2 || Score 13/0 (Vohra 1; Vijay 12)
Pradeep Sangwan to bowl. Off the fifth ball, Vijay came down the track to hit the bowler for a six over long on. Next ball, a superb cover drive and this time came a boundary.
Over 1 || Score 3/0 (Vohra 1; Vijay 2)
Praveen Kumar to bowl the opening over of the match as Vijay and Vohra have come to open the inning for the home side KXIP. Vohra opened the account for the team with the help of a single. Three runs came from the over.
Toss: Gujarat Lions won the toss and elected to field first.
New Delhi: Today's clash is between IPL's perennial under-performers KXIP vs newbies Gujarat Lions.
Last season, KXIP batsmen lacked consistency and whenever they did well, the bowlers let the side down.
On the other hand, debutants Gujarat Lions have a balanced side with top-class performers in both batting and bowling.
They have explosive batsmen in Brendon McCullum, captain Suresh Raina, Aaron Finch and a plenty of top-notch all-rounders in Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja and James Faulkner.
But the weak link for the Gujarat side could be the pace-bowling department as they don't have any big name -- Indian or overseas -- except for South African Dale Steyn.
The Teams (From):
Kings XI Punjab: David Miller (Capt.), Kyle Abbott, Murali Vijay, Manan Vohra, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Anureet Singh, Axar Patel, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Pardeep Sahu, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, Swapnil Singh, Armaan Jaffer, Farhaan Behardien, KC Cariappa, Rishi Dhawan, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Nikhil Naik, Shardul Thakur.
Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (Capt.), Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Dale Steyn, Pravin Tambe, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Dinesh Karthik, Shivil Kaushik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan, Jaydev Shah, Umang Sharma, Andrew Tye, Sarabjit Ladda, Akshdeep Nath, Amit Mishra, Paras Dogra, Eklavya Dwivedi.