192dThe Report by Nikhil Kalro

Kings XI defend 188 for first away win

Kings XI Punjab defended their score of 188 by 26 runs against Gujarat Lions for their first win on the road this season

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

HM Amla
HM Amla
65(40) 9x4 - 2x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 19 runs
  • 3x4 - 1x6
4 5 7 8 16 14 8 3
KD Karthik
KD Karthik
58(44) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 16 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
4 3 14 6 7 10 5 9

Best performances - Bowlers

KC Cariappa
O4
M0
R24
W2
Eco6.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
AJ Tye
AJ Tye
O4
M0
R35
W2
Eco8.75
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Commentator: Alagappan Muthu

END OF OVER:
20 | 9 Runs | GL: 162/7 (27 runs required, RR: 8.10)

  • Dinesh Karthik58 (44b)
  • Basil Thampi11 (10b)
  • Sandeep Sharma4-0-40-2
  • Mohit Sharma4-0-25-1

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"Very good toss to lose. Wicket got a bit slower and our bowlers bowled really well. Got some wickets in the Poweplay and we were clinical," Glenn Maxwell says after Kings XI have successfully defended their first total this season, "Amla and Marsh are outstanding. Classical batsmen, and for them to get as deep as they did, it allowed the hitters to play their game. Making handy contributions most games, but I would like to make a bit more to make it easier on the lower order. I can't say enough about Cariappa, he bowled the right lengths, him and Axar Patel did a great holding job and kept the run-rate up for them. We have a great group of guys who are easily motivated. The guys have celebrated Hashim and Manan's outstanding innings the other day. I'm uncertain of Hashim's fitness issues, he was pretty sore when I was out there batting with him. Anytime you lose a run of games in a row, you desperately need to turn it around. For us to win this game, after losing the game, on a good wicket, I'm pleased about the character they showed."

Hashim Amla is the Man of the Match for his second fifty-plus score in two matches. He isn't at the presentation.

7.30 pm The toss didn't go Kings XI's way. The middle overs didn't go their way either. But an Amla fifty at the top and Axar's brilliance towards the end of their batting innings gave them a good total to bowl at. But their bowling has been iffy all season and 189 didn't seem impossible for Gujarat Lions. Axar took those odds on again, dismissing Suresh Raina when he was going strong, and then nipped Dwayne Smith out in the death. KC Cariappa was also very good with his offspinners and carrom balls. Finished with 2 for 24. On the back of all that, Kings XI have moved into the top four.

Good innings from Dinesh Karthik though. He picked the right shots to play up against a bowling attack executing their plans to bowl wide yorkers very well. But he just doesn't have a power-hitter's game and that ended up hurting him. ESPNcricinfo's Match Day experts Brad Hogg and Ajit Agarkar are live now, do join them here and here as they discuss this match, and preview the one between RCB and KKR.

"You can't chase 190 every time. Bowlers have to do something. We haven't won any 4 pm games. It's a learning curve for us. Spinners have to step up," Suresh Raina says, "Nathu got cramps, so I had to bowl Smith in the second last over. The bowlers are lacking confidence. They are not executing on match day, they do well in the nets, but not on match day. We thought we could still chase it down, but while we were batting, the wicket got slower and Sandeep and Mohit bowled good slower balls and made it hard for us to hit. At this stage, I can't say anything. We have to go there. Couple of injury issues, but we have to win more games, we can't just talk in training. We'll go to Bangalore, regroup and hopefully we can win"

19.6
0
Sandeep Sharma to Karthik, no run, there it is. Yorker zips past Karthik outside off and Kings XI have finally defended a total this season
19.5
1
Sandeep Sharma to Basil Thampi, 1 run, yorker just outside off. All that can be done to that is a chop towards cover
19.4
1
Sandeep Sharma to Karthik, 1 run, slower short ball down leg, Karthik pulls to long leg
19.3
1
Sandeep Sharma to Basil Thampi, 1 run, full and just outside off, Thampi swings it over to deep midwicket
19.2
2
Sandeep Sharma to Basil Thampi, 2 runs, short delivery on off stump, Thampi walks down to it and pulls between deep square leg and deep midwicket. Miller, the substitute, racing to his right, puts in the dive and saves a boundary.
19.1
4
Sandeep Sharma to Basil Thampi, FOUR runs, inside edge to the fine leg boundary. This is a yorker, reversing into Thampi. He goes for a whip through midwicket and gets lucky

Thirty six needed off the last over

Fast hands DK

100

Dinesh Karthik is the first wicketkeeper to 100 dismissals in the IPL