Indian Premier League, 26th match: Gujarat Lions v Kings XI Punjab at Rajkot, Apr 23, 2017
Kings XI Punjab won by 26 runs
23 April 2017 - day/night match (20-over match)
  Kings XI Punjab innings (20 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal M Vohra c †Karthik b Singh 2 5 4 0 0 50.00
1.2 great bowling, and what a super catch from Karthik behind the stumps. This is a Test match length, which does not allow Vohra the clarity about what he needs to do with his feet. Should I go forward, or back? And by the time he can decide, the ball is on him, having seamed away off the pitch. Vohra has to play, and for that trouble, he gets an outside edge that is excellently pouched by Karthik diving to his right 11/1
View dismissal HM Amla c & b Agarwal 65 56 40 9 2 162.50
13.6 first IPL wicket for Agarwal and it comes off some special catching. The ball comes back at him, hard, and low. But he's ready to take it. A quicker delivery becomes a short one but it still brings Lions some luck 128/3
View dismissal SE Marsh c Raina b Tye 30 32 24 4 1 125.00
9.2 slower ball does him in! Marsh relies on his timing, his touch and Tye knows that better than most having played for the same franchise for years. Goes for the knuckle ball, Marsh doesn't pick it, goes for the flick and finds himself meeting the ball way too early. He looks up horrified as the ball loops over to midwicket for the easiest catch 81/2
View dismissal GJ Maxwell* lbw b Jadeja 31 19 18 1 3 172.22
14.2 looks for the reverse sweep, but though the length is there for it, to get under the ball and power it away, the pace is too quick. Struck on the front thigh, but he is bending down to hit the shot and is in line with middle stump. 132/4
View dismissal MP Stoinis c McCullum b Tye 7 20 9 0 0 77.77
17.5 beautifully done. Stoinis is looking for big hits. So deny him the pace. The knuckle ball from Tye, hitting a good length, fooling the batsman into thinking this could he hit out of the park. Stoinis takes the bat, he mistimes it to long-off 157/5
View dismissal AR Patel c Finch b Smith 34 23 17 3 2 200.00
18.4 good running catch by Finch at long-on. Axar fancies taking on a short ball, just outside off stump, and he could well have got himself a boundary if not for the long-on fielder's calmness under pressure. Moves to his left quickly, sticks out both hands just far enough and makes a touch grab look easy 174/6
View dismissal WP Saha run out (Basil Thampi) 10 10 5 0 1 200.00
19.6 from Basil Thampi, nails the yorker this time, Saha digs it out, the ball doesn't even go past the cut strip, but they look for a single. Thampi fields it himself, runs back to the stumps at his end and runs Saha out 188/7
MM Sharma not out 4 5 3 0 0 133.33
Extras (b 1, lb 3, w 1) 5
  Total (7 wickets; 20 overs; 88 mins) 188 (9.40 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket SS Agarwal 4 0 42 1 10.50 7 3 3
13.6 to Amla, first IPL wicket for Agarwal and it comes off some special catching. The ball comes back at him, hard, and low. But he's ready to take it. A quicker delivery becomes a short one but it still brings Lions some luck 128/3
View wicket NB Singh 2 0 7 1 3.50 8 1 0
1.2 to Vohra, great bowling, and what a super catch from Karthik behind the stumps. This is a Test match length, which does not allow Vohra the clarity about what he needs to do with his feet. Should I go forward, or back? And by the time he can decide, the ball is on him, having seamed away off the pitch. Vohra has to play, and for that trouble, he gets an outside edge that is excellently pouched by Karthik diving to his right 11/1
  SK Raina 1 0 6 0 6.00 3 1 0
  Basil Thampi 4 0 44 0 11.00 6 4 2 (1w)
View wickets AJ Tye 4 0 35 2 8.75 7 4 1
9.2 to Marsh, slower ball does him in! Marsh relies on his timing, his touch and Tye knows that better than most having played for the same franchise for years. Goes for the knuckle ball, Marsh doesn't pick it, goes for the flick and finds himself meeting the ball way too early. He looks up horrified as the ball loops over to midwicket for the easiest catch 81/2
17.5 to Stoinis, beautifully done. Stoinis is looking for big hits. So deny him the pace. The knuckle ball from Tye, hitting a good length, fooling the batsman into thinking this could he hit out of the park. Stoinis takes the bat, he mistimes it to long-off 157/5
View wicket RA Jadeja 4 0 32 1 8.00 7 3 1
14.2 to Maxwell, looks for the reverse sweep, but though the length is there for it, to get under the ball and power it away, the pace is too quick. Struck on the front thigh, but he is bending down to hit the shot and is in line with middle stump. 132/4
View wicket DR Smith 1 0 18 1 18.00 1 1 2
18.4 to Patel, good running catch by Finch at long-on. Axar fancies taking on a short ball, just outside off stump, and he could well have got himself a boundary if not for the long-on fielder's calmness under pressure. Moves to his left quickly, sticks out both hands just far enough and makes a touch grab look easy 174/6
  Gujarat Lions innings (target: 189 runs from 20 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal BB McCullum lbw b Sandeep Sharma 6 4 6 1 0 100.00
0.6 McCullum misses a full toss! A low full toss, straight. The worst ball of the over. McCullum just plain misses his flick. Struck in front of off. Absolutely plumb. Gets away with a not-so-great over does Sandeep 6/1
View dismissal AJ Finch c Stoinis b Sharma 13 30 12 0 1 108.33
5.4 Stoinis thinks he has the catch, but both he and the umpires are looking for confirmation. Soft signal is out and it appears the be clean. Excellent work, first from the bowler Mohit, who sees Finch backing away and immediately bowls wide and full. The batsman reaches out to drive and gets it off the toe end. Then it was all up to Stoinis, who moves to his left, dives low and, to me, he has his hands under the ball. Tons of replays are being used. Tons of time is being taken and Finch thinks he might get lucky and goes back to taking his guard. In the end, the right call is made 46/2
View dismissal SK Raina* c Maxwell b Patel 32 42 24 4 0 133.33
8.6 excellent work by Maxwell, first in placing himself at a hot spot - deep midwicket for Raina - and then pulling off a fine catch right on the edge of the boundary. He positions himself as far back as he could, has his eyes on the ball all the way, realises he has to jump, times that perfectly, and comes away with the ball in hand, and stops just short of the rope. Excellent balance. So a short ball has possibly turned the game. The gun batsman backs himself to clear the man in the deep, but his timing is just a shade short of what it needs to be 70/3
KD Karthik not out 58 69 44 6 0 131.81
View dismissal RA Jadeja c & b Cariappa 9 12 7 1 0 128.57
11.6 leading edge, and Cariappa takes the catch himself, diving forward. The around the wicket angle from the offspinner - and the fact that he is bowling flat and quick, not really trying to turn the ball - makes Jadeja close the face of the bat a bit too early. This time, though, the ball holds in the pitch and deviates from the straight. Cariappa sees the mis-hit, realises he has an opportunity and dives forward to take a good, low chance 95/4
View dismissal DR Smith c Stoinis b Patel 4 2 4 1 0 100.00
12.6 has he got all of this? No. Smith's holed out to long-off. This seemed like the ball that could get the batsman going. Slow, loopy, almost overpitched. The loft over long-off is a logical option, but there is a man there, a good fielder, Stoinis. Smith backs himself to clear him, but his power fails him this time 102/5
View dismissal AD Nath lbw b Cariappa 0 2 1 0 0 0.00
13.1 does not pick the very straight, very full carrom ball, plays all across it and is trapped plumb in front. Nath, in his first match of the season, under immense pressure, backfires 102/6
View dismissal AJ Tye b Sandeep Sharma 22 15 12 2 1 183.33
16.4 goes back to the yorker and topples middle stump. No need to be funky if you can nail this ball. And it even reverse swings into the right-hander, looking to heave it over long-on. Tye misses, Sandeep hits 137/7
Basil Thampi not out 11 17 10 1 0 110.00
Extras (b 1, lb 2, w 4) 7
  Total (7 wickets; 20 overs; 100 mins) 162 (8.10 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets Sandeep Sharma 4 0 40 2 10.00 7 7 0
0.6 to McCullum, McCullum misses a full toss! A low full toss, straight. The worst ball of the over. McCullum just plain misses his flick. Struck in front of off. Absolutely plumb. Gets away with a not-so-great over does Sandeep 6/1
16.4 to Tye, goes back to the yorker and topples middle stump. No need to be funky if you can nail this ball. And it even reverse swings into the right-hander, looking to heave it over long-on. Tye misses, Sandeep hits 137/7
View wicket MM Sharma 4 0 25 1 6.25 10 2 0 (1w)
5.4 to Finch, Stoinis thinks he has the catch, but both he and the umpires are looking for confirmation. Soft signal is out and it appears the be clean. Excellent work, first from the bowler Mohit, who sees Finch backing away and immediately bowls wide and full. The batsman reaches out to drive and gets it off the toe end. Then it was all up to Stoinis, who moves to his left, dives low and, to me, he has his hands under the ball. Tons of replays are being used. Tons of time is being taken and Finch thinks he might get lucky and goes back to taking his guard. In the end, the right call is made 46/2
  T Natarajan 3 0 22 0 7.33 4 0 1 (2w)
View wickets KC Cariappa 4 0 24 2 6.00 8 2 0
11.6 to Jadeja, leading edge, and Cariappa takes the catch himself, diving forward. The around the wicket angle from the offspinner - and the fact that he is bowling flat and quick, not really trying to turn the ball - makes Jadeja close the face of the bat a bit too early. This time, though, the ball holds in the pitch and deviates from the straight. Cariappa sees the mis-hit, realises he has an opportunity and dives forward to take a good, low chance 95/4
13.1 to Nath, does not pick the very straight, very full carrom ball, plays all across it and is trapped plumb in front. Nath, in his first match of the season, under immense pressure, backfires 102/6
View wickets AR Patel 4 0 36 2 9.00 7 4 1
8.6 to Raina, excellent work by Maxwell, first in placing himself at a hot spot - deep midwicket for Raina - and then pulling off a fine catch right on the edge of the boundary. He positions himself as far back as he could, has his eyes on the ball all the way, realises he has to jump, times that perfectly, and comes away with the ball in hand, and stops just short of the rope. Excellent balance. So a short ball has possibly turned the game. The gun batsman backs himself to clear the man in the deep, but his timing is just a shade short of what it needs to be 70/3
12.6 to Smith, has he got all of this? No. Smith's holed out to long-off. This seemed like the ball that could get the batsman going. Slow, loopy, almost overpitched. The loft over long-off is a logical option, but there is a man there, a good fielder, Stoinis. Smith backs himself to clear him, but his power fails him this time 102/5
  MP Stoinis 1 0 12 0 12.00 0 1 0 (1w)

Match details


Toss - Gujarat Lions
Points - Kings XI Punjab 2, Gujarat Lions 0
Player of the match - HM Amla (Kings XI Punjab)
Umpires - AK Chaudhary and M Erasmus (South Africa)
TV umpire - C Shamshuddin
Match referee - Chinmay Sharma
Reserve umpire - R Pandit

Match Notes


    • Kings XI Punjab innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 6.0 (Mandatory - 50 runs, 1 wicket)
    • Kings XI Punjab: 50 runs in 5.5 overs (35 balls), Extras 2
    • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 37 balls (HM Amla 23, SE Marsh 26, Ex 3)
    • HM Amla: 50 off 30 balls (7 x 4, 2 x 6)
    • Kings XI Punjab: 100 runs in 11.3 overs (69 balls), Extras 4
    • Kings XI Punjab: 150 runs in 16.5 overs (101 balls), Extras 5
    • Innings Break: Kings XI Punjab - 188/7 in 20.0 overs (MM Sharma 4)
    • Gujarat Lions innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 6.0 (Mandatory - 50 runs, 2 wickets)
    • Gujarat Lions: 50 runs in 5.5 overs (35 balls), Extras 0
    • Gujarat Lions: 100 runs in 12.4 overs (76 balls), Extras 2
    • KD Karthik: 50 off 35 balls (6 x 4)
    • Gujarat Lions: 150 runs in 18.3 overs (111 balls), Extras 6
 
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