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IPL updates: Gujarat Lions beat KKR by 4 wickets

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April 21, 2017


23:50  Raina shines:  

Gujarat Lions 188-6 (18.2 overs) vs Kolkata Knight Riders 187-5 (20 overs) Scorecard

Faulkner digs out the yorker and takes one run to bring Jadeja on strike. 

4 runs needed for victory.

Jadeja dispatches Coulter-Nile  for a four through point and get the winning runs.

Gujarat Lions win by 4 wickets.

This win lifts the Lions from the bottom of the points table, just above Rising Pune Supergiant.
23:44  Lions in cruise control:  

Gujarat Lions 183-6 (18 overs) vs Kolkata Knight Riders 187-5 (20 overs) Scorecard

Raina dispatches Kuldeep Yadav for a massive six over mid-wicket.

Next ball he is out for 84, caught by Manish Pandey.

James Faulkner comes in to bat. 

He starts with three quick runs.
23:39  Raina, Jadeja get a 50 partnership:  

Gujarat Lions 171-5 (17 overs) vs Kolkata Knight Riders 187-5 (20 overs) Scorecard

Coulter-Nile back in the attack and gives eight runs off the first three balls.

Raina using Nile's pace to send the ball to the boundary past backward point.

He then uses his wrists to get a six at deep mid-wicket,

16 runs off the over and KKR staring down the barrel.

23:34  Raina goes big!:  

Gujarat Lions 155-5 (16 overs) vs Kolkata Knight Riders 187-5 (20 overs) Scorecard

Narine bowls 3 dot balls and then is smacked for a big six by Jadeja.

Suryakumar takes the catch at long-on but steps on the boundary rope as he takes the catch.

Jadeja follows that with two quick runs and after 3 dot balls to start the over Narine has leaked 9 runs.

Lions now need 33 off 24 runs and it looks very possible now.
23:29  Lions mixing the runs well:  

Gujarat Lions 146-5 (15 overs) vs Kolkata Knight Riders 187-5 (20 overs) Scorecard

Umesh Yadav welcomed with a huge six by Raina. A slower ball and Raina sends the ball flying over the mid-wicket.

Raina gets lucky, he chops the ball into the pitch, ball bounces but misses the stumps.

What a shot! Raina cuts the ball through point for a boundary.

13 off the over. 

Raina completes a 50 in 31 balls.

Kuldeep Yadav unlucky, Suresh Raina gets an inside edge but misses the leg stump ever so slightly and runs away for a boundary.
23:21  Lions lose fifth wicket:  

Gujarat Lions 124-5 (13 overs) vs Kolkata Knight Riders 187-5 (20 overs) Scorecard

Umesh Yadav finally brought into the attack and Dwayne Smith is looking to attack and up the ante.

Smith is yorked by Umesh Yadav. 

An inside edge into the pads and the ball crashes into the stumps, sending Smith back into the dugout.

Gujarat five down and in trouble now.

Ravindra Jadeja replaces Smith in the middle.
23:15  Gujarat motor on:  

Gujarat Lions 119-4 (12 overs) vs Kolkata Knight Riders 187-5 (20 overs) Scorecard

Kuldeep Yadav goes for the runs. 

Raina guides the ball down to third man boundary.

But Kuldeep Yadav gets the wicket!

Ishan Kishan holes out to Umesh Yadav at the boundary.

Kishan goes for 4 off 11.

Dwayne Smith comes to the crease and opens his account with a boundary.

Narine brought back to bowl and is bleeding runs. 

He is hammered for a boundary over extra cover for a four by Raina. 

Raina gets another boundary two balls later to take 11 runs off Narine.

Gujarat going well here but they can't afford to lose another wicket.

Kuldeep Yadav introduced into the attack and gives only 3 runs. 

23:02  Double breakthrough for KKR:  

Gujarat Lions 96-3 (9 overs) vs Kolkata Knight Riders 187-5 (20 overs) Scorecard

Raina sends Woakes for a boundary through cover and follows it up with a six! 

He is now content with running the singles with new batsman Ishan Kishan.

13 runs coming off that over and the strategic timeout is signalled.
22:58  Karthik gone!:  

Gujarat Lions 83-3 (8 overs) vs Kolkata Knight Riders 187-5 (20 overs) Scorecard

Coulter-Nile gets his second wicket.

Dinesh Karthik gets the leading edge and a great diving catch by Gautam Gambhir at cover means Lions lose their third wicket.

Just 2 runs coming in that over.

That makes it two wickets from two overs leaving them in a spot of bother.

Chris Woakes gets his first over.

Raina takes a single.

McCullum hammers the ball, it looks like it's going the distance but is caught at the cover boundary by Manish Pandey.

A well-made 33 by McCullum and Woakes gets the much-needed breakthrough. 

Dinesh Karthik gets off the mark with a single. 

Woakes bowls right in Raina's area. He punches the ball through point for a boundary.
22:50  McCullum gone for 33:  

Gujarat Lions 79-2 (7 overs) vs Kolkata Knight Riders 187-5 (20 overs) Scorecard

Chris Woakes gets his first over.

Raina takes a single.

McCullum hammers the ball, it looks like it's going the distance but is caught at the cover boundary by Manish Pandey.

A well-made 33 by McCullum and Woakes gets the much-needed breakthrough. 

Dinesh Karthik gets off the mark with a single. 

Woakes bowls right in Raina's area. He punches the ball through point for a boundary.
22:44  Covers are off, players take the field :  

Gujarat Lions 72-1 (6 overs) vs Kolkata Knight Riders 187-5 (20 overs) Scorecard

Brendon McCullum starts from where he left off before the rain interruption.

He gets a boundary on the leg side.

Shakib gifts the Lions 10 runs in the over.

22:42  No overs los:  

Gujarat Lions 62-1 (5 overs) vs Kolkata Knight Riders 187-5 (20 overs) Scorecard

The covers are off and play starts as Shakib gets the ball at the restart of the match.

Can Lions continue in the same vein as they need 126 runs to win off 90 balls.


22:16  Lions are ahead at the moment:  

Gujarat Lions 62-1 (5 overs) vs Kolkata Knight Riders 187-5 (20 overs) Scorecard

A light drizzle and the players are coming off. 

The pitch is being covered. 

Doesn't look good for KKR as the Lions are 21 runs ahead if the Duckworth-Lewis system is to come into play.
22:11  Coulter-Nile strikes!:  

Gujarat Lions 62-1 (5 overs) vs Kolkata Knight Riders 187-5 (20 overs) Scorecard

Sunil Narine back in the attack.

Suresh Raina gets a big nick but Uthappa fails to hold on to it.

Will Raina make KKR pay?

McCullum finds to runs through covers.

Five runs and a dropped chance in that over.

Coulter-Nile bouncer and Finch is caught by surprise. He departs for 31 off 15 deliveries.

McCullum is not one to get bogged down and he sends the next two deliveries for a four and a six.

Another boundary through deep backward point and Coulter Nile has given away 16 runs in the over. 

Lions get to their 50 in no time.
22:01  Lions go big!:  

Gujarat Lions 40-0 (3 overs) vs Kolkata Knight Riders 187-5 (20 overs) Scorecard

Finch rocks back and slaps the ball for a boundary on the off side.

He then hammers the ball over mid-on for another boundary.

A maximum straight over the bowler's head follows and Shakib leaks 15 runs in that over.

Narine comes into the attack and he gives 16 runs in the over. 

Aaron Finch slams him for 2 fours and a six!
21:55  KKR set Gujarat Lions 188 for victory:  

Gujarat Lions 9-0 (1 over) vs Kolkata Knight Riders 187-5 (20 overs) Scorecard

Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum open the batting for Gujarat Lions and with over 9 runs per over needed they have a job at hand.

Finch gets a single and then McCullum hits Shakib Al Hasan straight down the ground for the four of the innings. 

McCullum cuts the ball and gets a boundary through deep cover. 

Nine runs in the opening over and that is a good start for the Lions.
21:35  KKR lose quick wickets at the end:  

Kolkata Knight Riders 187-5 (20 overs) vs Gujarat Lions Scorecard

Suryakumar Yadav takes a single, Yusuf Pathan takes strike.

Hits the ball straight down, two runs a possibility, Suryakumar sees it and hares down the pitch for another run but is sent back by Pathan, only to be run out.

Seven runs come off the last over and end with 187 for 5 off their alloted 20 overs.

Manish Pandey is bowled all ends up by Thampi. Thampi bowls right in the block hole and through Pandey's defences.

Pandey plays an exquisite boundary through the off side.
21:28  Praveen Kumar strikes!:  

Kolkata Knight Riders 180-3 (19 overs) vs Gujarat Lions Scorecard

Praveen Kumar comes back into the attack and gets the much-needed breakthrough. 

Uthappa is his victim.

The KKR batsman erroneous shot only sees the ball go straight into the hands of McCullum at long-on.

Yusuf Pathan comes into the bat.

He gets off the mark with a couple. A misfield by Finch and he gets two.

He follows that up with a boundary -- he swings his arms and a once bounce four near long-off.

Another boundary for Yusuf, this time on the leg side.

12 runs and a wicket in that over!
21:20  KKR motor on:  

Kolkata Knight Riders 168-2 (18 overs) vs Gujarat Lions Scorecard

Basil Thampi comes back into the attack and is thumped from the word go.

Uthappa first goes inside out and send the ball to the deep long-on boundary. One bounce four.

Uthappa then hammers the full toss for a maximum over deep mid-wicket!

Uthappa lucky to be given not out. It looked like the ball would crash into the stumps. 

14 runs come off the over. But a good comeback in the over by Thampi after giving away 10 runs off the first two balls.
21:15  50 for Uthappa:  

Kolkata Knight Riders 154-2 (17 overs) vs Gujarat Lions Scorecard

Good over by Faulkner. He gives away just five runs. 

It's crucial coming at this time of the innings.

Uthappa continues to punish the Lions.

Thampi's miscued yorker becomes a full toss and allows Uthappa to send the ball to the fine-leg boundary.

Uthappa then takes a run and Pandey follows that with a couple down to wide long-on.

KKR rolling on nicely here. Strategic timeout called.

21:04  KKR motor on:  

Kolkata Knight Riders 141-2 (15 overs) vs Gujarat Lions Scorecard

Uthappa guides the Ravindra Jadeja ball down to the third man boundary.

He gets to his half-century with a scoop shot that sends the ball to the boundary behind the keeeper.

Well made 50 this by Uthappa.

Faulkner gives away 10 runs in that over and KKR are motoring on here. 

200 looks a likely total.

After a slow start Pandey gets a boundary.
20:52  KKR race to 100!:  

Kolkata Knight Riders 116-2 (12 overs) vs Gujarat Lions Scorecard

Faulkner makes the breakthrough!

Gambhir gets a leading edge and a good catch by Lions' captain Suresh Raina to see the back of his KKR counterpart.

Gambhir gets a top-edge and Raina comes in running to take the catch and dismiss Gambhir for 33.

Manish Pandey comes in to bat.

12 runs and a wicket off the over.
20:46  Uthappa, Gambhir on song!:  

Kolkata Knight Riders 109-1 (11 overs) vs Gujarat Lions Scorecard

First ball and Kulkarni is dispatched for a six by Uthappa to the on-side.

He then gets a single through long-on.

Uthappa then times a ball through backward point for a beautiful boundary.

13 off the over!

Four runs to Gambhir off a misfield. 

Jadeja looks for a direct hit at the stumps only to gift KKR four runs in overthrows.

The batsmen continue to deal in singles.
20:38  Gambhir gets into the act:  

Kolkata Knight Riders 88-1 (9 over) vs Gujarat Lions Scorecard

Gambhir swings his arms and gets his first maximum. 

Goes down on his knee and sends the ball into the stands at mid-wicket.

Uthappa gets an inside-edge and the ball goes to mid-wicket.

KKR take another two runs and they are mixing the run flow well here.

The umpire has called for a strategic time-out.
20:32  Uthappa takes charge:  

Kolkata Knight Riders 77-1 (8 over) vs Gujarat Lions Scorecard

Darren Smith gets the ball. 

The singles are coming nicely here for Gambhir and Uthappa -- they are stealing singles at will. 

Knocking the ball around and stealing the quick singles is how KKR are going about their job now.

End of the Powerplay overs and Ravindra Jadeja comes into the bowl.

The batsmen dealing in singles now and are happy to just rotate the strike.

20:27  Raina sends Narine back to the hut:  

Kolkata Knight Riders 65-1 (6 over) vs Gujarat Lions Scorecard

Raina nearly has Uthappa out. 

Uthappa pulls the ball but Finch fails to hold on to the one-handed effort on the long-on boundary.

Uthappa then gets a boundary through square leg, 8 runs off the over.

Dhawal Kulkarni bowls to Uthappa's legs, and the batsman is happy to just flick the ball to the leg-side boundary.

Uthappa takes a run and Gambhir gets into the party.

Kulkarni bowls wide, Gambhir gets it in the middle of the bat and drives the ball to the cover boundary. 

10 runs come off the over.



20:27  Raina sends Narine back to the hut:  

Kolkata Knight Riders 65-1 (6 over) vs Gujarat Lions Scorecard

Raina nearly has Uthappa out. 

Uthappa pulls the ball but Finch fails to hold on to the one-handed effort on the long-on boundary.

Uthappa then gets a boundary through square leg, 8 runs off the over.

Dhawal Kulkarni bowls to Uthappa's legs, and the batsman is happy to just flick the ball to the leg-side boundary.

Uthappa takes a run and Gambhir gets into the party.

Kulkarni bowls wide, Gambhir gets it in the middle of the bat and drives the ball to the cover boundary. 

10 runs come off the over.



20:19  Narine's quick-fire knock ends:  

Kolkata Knight Riders 47-1 (4 over) vs Gujarat Lions Scorecard

Sunil Narine has finally been dismissed by Lions' captain Suresh Raina.

Narine mistimes the ball and holes out to Faulkner at mid-on.

Narine has set KKR a good platform.

Robin Uthappa comes in at Number 3.

Three runs and a wicket in the over. 
20:14  KKR cruising:  

Kolkata Knight Riders 44-0 (3 over) vs Gujarat Lions Scorecard

Narine makes room and pulls Thampi over mid-on for his 8th boundary.

Another four for Narine! He picks the full toss and cuts it over cover point.

Now a six for Narine! He middles the ball and straight over the bowler's head! 

This is some exhibition of T20 batting!
20:09  Faulkner shown no mercy:  

Kolkata Knight Riders 29-0 (2 over) vs Gujarat Lions Scorecard

Narine making a mockery of James Faulkner. 

The West Indian has clobbered the Aussie bowler for 4 consecutive fours.


20:06  Gujarat win toss, put KKR in to bat:  

Kolkata Knight Riders 12-0 (1 over) vs Gujarat Lions Scorecard

Sunil Narine opens the innings with KKR captain Gautam Gambhir.

Praveen Kumar opens the bowling and Narine flicks the short ball for a square leg boundary. 

Narine swings and misses. Good delivery by Praveen Kumar.

Narine comes down the pitch, plays the ball on the up and a four straight down the ground. 

Smooth batting by Narine.

He follows that with a four over mid-on , Good start for KKR.
19:45  Suresh Raina calls right, wins toss and elects to field:  



Welcome to the updates of match 23 of the Indian Premier League between Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions.

Gujarat captain Raina has won the toss and his team will bowl first.

Both teams have made changes to their sides. While KKR have made one change, the Lions have made two changes to their squad.

With two home and two away wins from five matches, in-form KKR are on a roll, quite contrast to the campaign of Gujarat who finished the league stages on top last season but are yet to find their rhythm this year with just one victory from their first five games.


There has been no individual hero for KKR in their journey so far and every player is backing each other which not only helped them overcome hurdles but also played a key role in their smooth campaign so far.

On the other hand, nothing is going right for the Suresh Raina-led Gujarat Lions -- be it their batting or bowling, especially the spin department which has let-down the team badly.

In the last match against Delhi Daredevils, KKR's Yusuf Pathan and Manish Pandey built a quick 110-run partnership to set up the four-wicket win.

For the Lions to roar, their top-heavy batting order must first win in unison against a consistent KKR bowling attack. 

It's still early days but the bottom-placed Gujarat Lions will hope to rise to the ocassion and fire in the away match to move up the points table.

Teams:

Gujarat Lions Playing XI: Brendon McCullum, Darren Smith, Suresh Raina, Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik, Ishaan Kishan, James Faulkner, Ravindra Jadeja, Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Basil Thampi

Kolkata Knight Riders XI: Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Woakes, Nick Coulter-Nile, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav