Mon, 11 April 2016
IPL: Gujarat Lions record maiden win by thrashing KXIP

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23:40   IPL: Gujarat Lions record maiden win by thrashing KXIP

Gujarat Lions: 162-5 (17.1 overs) vs Kings XI (161-6)

It's a maiden victory for IPL debutants Gujarat Lions. Dinesh Karthik seals it for his side and remains unbeaten on 41 runs. 

The Lions thrash KXIP by 5 wickets at PCA's Mohali Stadium. 

Aaron Finch was the star with the bat scoring 74 off 47 balls. 

Dwayne Bravo impressed with the ball claiming 4 wickets. 

Kings XI Punjab lacked the steam in their bowling with Johnson also looking slightly off-colour in his comeback. 

However, they lost the game in batting, losing the momentum after a fiery start by their openers.

Finch has been awarded man-of-the-match for his 74-run knock
23:22   IPL: Kishan departs, but is it too late for KXIP?

Gujarat Lions: 147-4 (16.3 overs) vs Kings XI (161-6)

He whacked Johnson for a courageous boundary but was dismissed on the next ball. 

But it seems to be very late for Kings XI Punjab as Gujarat Lions look set for an maiden victory in the IPL
23:20   IPL: Gujarat Lions on course of a debut victory

Gujarat Lions: 147-4 (16.3 overs) vs Kings XI (161-6)

Dinesh Karthik charges to Johnson and hit it for a boundary at a time in the match. 

A ball earlier, Kishan paddle swept leg-spinner Sahu for four to break the shackles after Jadeja's deaprture. 
23:12   IPL: Jadeja run-out with splendid footwork by Johnson

Gujarat Lions: 134-4 (15 overs) vs Kings XI (161-6)

That's sensationa footwork by Mitchell Johnson to dismiss the dangerous Jadeja. 

A young Ishan Kishan comes to the crease to join Karthik. 

India's U-19 skipper makes his IPL debut. 

23:08   IPL: Karthik, Jadeja steady after Finch's wicket

Gujarat Lions: 130-3 (14 overs) vs Kings XI (161-6)

With only 36 to get off 37 balls, the Lions are well on their way towards a memorable victory on debut.

Johnson is back in the attack for KXIP and looks like their only hope to script a turnaround at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. 

Jadeja and Karthik are stitching a crucial partnership after Finch's dismissal. 
22:53   IPL: KXIP pick Finch after a fiery half-century

Gujarat Lions: 117-3 (12 overs) vs Kings XI (161-6)

That's a crucial wicket for Kings XI Punjab. The dangerous Aaron Finch (74 off 47 balls) is stumped after scoring a quick-fire half century. 

Jadeja joins Karthik in the middle.

Gujarat Lions: 117-2 (11.4 overs) vs Kings XI (161-6)

The Aaron Finch juggernaut rolls on. He is hitting boundaries at will and this now looks easy for the Lions. 

The Kings XI desperately need a wicket to make a comeback in this game. 
22:48   IPL: Finch's fifty not out powers Gujarat past 100-mark

Gujarat Lions: 100-2 (10.1 overs) vs Kings XI (161-6)

100 comes up for the Lions in a reasonably quick time.

Finch is playing a special knock for the Gujarat Lions at Mohali. 

He is being ably supported by Karthik at the other end.

"Loving the straight drives. Uthappa yesterday, Finch and Karthik today," tweets Harsha Bhogle.
22:40   IPL: Finch's fifty not out gives Gujarat an edge

Gujarat Lions: 89-2 (9 overs) vs Kings XI (161-6)

It's time for the strategic time-out at Mohali's PCA Stadium. 

Aaron Finch (54) is making it look easy for the Lions. 

His partner Dinesh Karthik (12) is also playing well at the other end. 

Gujarat Lions will be happy with the required rate dropping below the 7-runs-an-over mark.
22:35   IPL: Finch hits fifty to give Gujarat an edge

Gujarat Lions: 83-2 (8 overs) vs Kings XI (161-6)

Aaron Finch completes his fifty off only 32 balls. 

The Lions are scoring at more than 10 runs/over.

Three boundaries come of Stoinis' over (8th over)
22:31   IPL: Finch fires despite losing Raina, McCullum

Gujarat Lions: 68-2 (7 overs) vs Kings XI (161-6)

Two boundaries come off Akshar Patel's over (7th over). 

Finch has raced away to 40 off only 28 balls and has the experienced Dinesh Karthik with him at the crease.
22:27   IPL: Gujarat Lions lose Raina after brisk start

Gujarat Lions: 52-2 (5.3 overs) vs Kings XI (161-6)

Raina pulls Stoinis for a massive six. But was done by a slower delivery off the next ball.

A handy cameo of 20 runs off 9 balls by the Lions' skipper. 

Finch (30) at the other is looking good and holds the key for Gujarat Lions
22:19   IPL: Finch, Raina fire after losing McCullum

Gujarat Lions: 36-1 (4 overs) vs Kings XI (161-6)

It's raining boundaries at the PCA stadium in Mohali tonight. 

The Lions are off to a flying start despite losing the dangerous McCullum early. 36/1 after 4 overs.

Raina and Finch are making it look easy against Johnson & Co. 

22:11   IPL: Finch, Raina fire after losing McCullum

Gujarat Lions: 27-1 (3.1 over) vs Kings XI (161-6)

That was vintage Raina. What a shot! Straight as an arrow off Sandeep Sharma. SIXER! 

Aaron Finch also looks good at the other end hitting two boundaries off Johnson's over. 
22:03   IPL: Blow for Lions, lose McCullum in 1st over

Gujarat Lions: 1-1 (1 over) vs Kings XI (161-6)

It's a massive blow for Gujarat Lions. Sandeep Sharma picks McCullum for a duck. 

He charged forward and was stumped splendidly by Saha. 

21:54   IPL: Bravo's four wickets restricts KXIP to 161

Kings XI:  161/6 (20 overs) vs Gujarat Lions 

Dwayne Bravo was unlucky to miss out on a fifer with Ladda dropping a sitter off his last ball. 

He finished with 4 for 22 off his full quota of overs. 

The Gujarat Lions will be very happy to pull it back after a sensational start by KXIP openers. 

Bravo (300) also become the leading wicket-taker in T20 cricket overtaking Lasith Malinga (299)

Kings XI:  157/6 (19.4 overs) vs Gujarat Lions 

W Saha's laboured innings come to an end in the last over. He struggled scoring 20 runs off 25 balls. 

Bravo picked back to back wickets also dismissing Marcus Stoinis. 

Bravo has been outstanding and has picked 4 wickets till now. 

Kings XI:  155/4 (19 overs) vs Gujarat Lions 

Death-overs specialists Faulkner and Bravo are keeping it tight with subtle pace variations. 

Stoinis and Saha will have to accelerate to take KXIP over the 170-run mark.

The pitch looks good and Gujarat Lions will take anything below the 170-run mark. 
21:26   IPL: KXIP look to accelerate in death overs

Kings XI:  136/4 (17 overs) vs Gujarat Lions 

Kings XI have a task at end with death-overs specialists Faulkner and Bravo mixing it well at the end. 

Stoinis and Saha will have to accelerate and hit some big shots to breach the 160-run mark. 

21:18   IPL: KXIP in damage control mode after losing Maxwell, Miller

Kings XI:  125/4 (15 overs) vs 
Gujarat Lions 

Marcus Stoinis is doing the damage control for Kings XI Punjab. 

Earlier, Bravo pushed Punjab on back foot by rattling the stumps of the dangerous Maxwell and Miller.
21:05   IPL: Bravo on fire, dismisses Miller, Maxwell

Kings XI:  102/4 (11.5 overs) vs Gujarat Lions 

Dwayne Bravo is turning it around for the Gujarat Lions. 

That was a perfect slower ball yorker which went through the defense of David Miller. 

He also rattled the stumps of Glenn Maxwell with a pacy yorker. 

20:57   IPL: Bravo picks the dangerous Maxwell

Kings XI:  101/3 (11.4 overs) vs Gujarat Lions 

It's a huge wicket for Gujarat Lions. 

A perfect yorker by Dwayne Bravo rattles the stumps of Glenn Maxwell. 

It's three wickets in quick succession for Kings XI. 

Saha joins David Miller at the crease. 
20:53   IPL: Kings XI lose openers after a good start

Kings XI:  92/2 (10.5 overs) vs Gujarat Lions 

Ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja pegs Gujarat Lions back in the game. 

Jadeja, who trapped Vohra earlier, rattled the stumps of Murali Vijay. 

Kings XI now have their most explosive batsmen David Miller and Glenn Maxwell at the crease.

"A new role for Jadeja...not having Ashwin at the other end means he must become the leader of the spin department. Look for wickets #KXIPvGL," tweets Akash Chopra.
20:47   IPL: Kings XI lose Vohra after a good start
Kings XI:  87/1 (10 overs) vs Gujarat Lions 

Kings XI look set for a big score with skipper David Miller and opener Murali Vijay at the crease. 

They still have the dangerous Maxwell waiting in the wings. 

Ravindra Jadeja took the first wicket by trapping Manan Vohra in front of the wicket. 


Kings XI:  71/0 (8 overs) vs Gujarat Lions 

It's a dream start for Kings XI Punjab with both openers Murali Vijay and Manan Vohra racing over the 30-run mark

Vijay looks at his elegant best and is showing his class in the T20 format as well. 

Vohra at the other end is playing big shots which includes a six off leg-spinner Ladda. 

Kings XI:  45/0 (5 overs) vs Gujarat Lions 

Kings XI are off to a positive start against Gujarat Lions. The Lions had a golden chance but Dwayne Bravo put down a catch in the deep. 

Murali Vijay looks in solid touch at the other end racing away to 27 runs off only 17 balls. 

Kings XI:  31/0 (4 overs) vs Gujarat Lions 

Steady start by Kings XI Punjab. Murali Vijay races to 27 runs off only 17 balls by playing some text book strokes. 

He has particularly punished young pacer Pradeep Sangwan, who has conceded 21 off his first two overs. 
20:01   IPL: Gujarat Lions elect to bowl against Kings XI
Kings XI Punjab vs Gujarat Lions 

Gujarat Lions skipper Suresh Raina wins the toss and elects to bowls on the Mohali wicket.

Kings XI team: M Vohra, M Vijay, GJ Maxwell, WP Saha (wk), DA Miller (c), AR Patel, MP Stoinis, P Sahu, MG Johnson, MM Sharma,Sandeep Sharma.

Gujarat Lions team: AJ Finch, BB McCullum, SK Raina (c), KD Karthik(wk), DJ Bravo, RA Jadeja, JP Faulkner, Ishan Kishan, P Kumar, PJ Sangwan, S Ladda
After finishing last in the last IPL season, Kings XI Punjab will seek turnaround in fortunes as they open their campaign against new entrants Gujarat Lions. 

Punjab has a new skipper in the form of David Miller with Virender Sehwag at the helm as mentor. 

Gujarat will be led by Suresh Raina and boast some of the best T20 players in the world in form of Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja.

Stay tuned for toss and pitch updates from Mohali.