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863dThe Report by Vishal Dikshit

Smith's 74 dents Kings XI's playoff chances

Hashim Amla's second century in IPL 2017 was in vain as Kings XI Punjab were unable to defend a total of 189 against Gujarat Lions

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

HM Amla
HM Amla
104(60) 8x4 - 5x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 26 runs
  • 3x4 - 1x6
5 0 5 10 25 19 18 22
DR Smith
DR Smith
74(39) 8x4 - 4x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 22 runs
  • 0x4 - 3x6
4 0 7 0 11 21 23 8

Best performances - Bowlers

Sandeep Sharma
O4
M0
R29
W2
Eco7.25
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
GJ Maxwell
GJ Maxwell
O2
M0
R21
W1
Eco10.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Gujarat Lions , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50- 23.20

Match days

07 May 2017 - night match (20-over match)

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Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Gujarat Lions 2, Kings XI Punjab 0

Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy

11.48pm That's it from all of us. As one of our readers pointed out earlier, a hat-trick of West Indian MoMs: Lendl Simmons yesterday, Sunil Narine in the afternoon game, and now Dwayne Smith. Smith's innings today consigned Kings XI to a defeat that will leave them with a very difficult path to the play-offs. To get there, they might (and probably will) need to beat Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant, the top three teams on the table. They will have to do this without Hashim Amla, who scored another century in a losing cause today, and David Miller.

The league stage is drawing to an exciting close, so do keep tuning in to our commentary, and do keep sending in your feedback. Until next time, good night!

Dwayne Smith is the player of the match. "Still disappointed about my performances over the past games. I think my natural game is like that, it was just about staying out there as long as possible, and if I do that we'll stay in front of the run rate. Real good pitch, judging from where I was fielding, I knew once I stay out there, runs will come for sure. We're already out of the tournament, so we can't worry about that, we just need to keep going on and look to damage some other teams as well."

Suresh Raina: "Smithy and Ishan gave us the platform and later on me and DK had a good partnership. I think it was about six-over partnerships. Sandy and Mohit bowled brilliantly in between, but me and DK rotated the strike really well. When you're chasing 190, you need a good start, and that's what we've had in the last couple of matches. Too many injuries as a side. Still a good season for the youngsters."

"Pretty devastating," Glenn Maxwell says. "189 was enough, the bowlers and fielders let us down. We dropped three crucial catches. We haven't won a heap of games in a row. We've had to scrap. Unfortunately, we'll lose Hashim and David Miller now, and we'll have to look deep in our reserves and regroup."

Batting first this season, Lions have played 6, won 0, and lost 6. Batting second? Played 6, won 4, lost 2.

11.33pm The curse of the Amla century continues. It wasn't his fault Kings XI lost, though. As mentioned earlier, he scored 104 off 60 and his team-mates only 82 off 60. Set 190 to win on a flat batting pitch, Lions raced away thanks to Dwayne Smith's 39-ball 74, and were always ahead after that. Kings XI didn't help themselves by dropping three catches. A bit of a wobble from the chasing team at the end, but the pressure told on Kings XI's bowlers and fielders rather than Lions' batsmen.

19.4
4
Natarajan to Karthik, FOUR runs, and that is that. There was no one on the boundary, and Karthik puts the slower length ball away calmly, hitting inside-out over extra-cover, and it rolls slowly to the boundary to give Lions a six-wicket win.
19.3
0
Natarajan to Karthik, no run, Dot ball! It's the wide yorker, attempted at least. Ends up as a full-toss. Karthik swings hard, gets a thin outside edge that bounces a second time before reaching the keeper

Back over the wicket to Karthik. The fielders come in now. Don't know if anyone's back at all.

19.2
1
Natarajan to Jadeja, 1 run, in the blockhole, leg-stumpish. Clipped down the ground to long-on

Left-arm around to Jadeja now.

19.2
1w
Natarajan to Jadeja, 1 wide, and again. The pressure is really telling on Natarajan here. An attempted leg-stump yorker slides down the leg side
19.2
1w
Natarajan to Jadeja, 1 wide, looks for the yorker at Jadeja's feet, ends up overdoing the angle and sliding down leg
19.1
3
Natarajan to Karthik, 3 runs, Slanted full and wide, and he opens his bat face and steers to the left of deep point. They run two, and another inaccurate throw - Gurkeerat at the bowler's end - is fumbled by Natarajan, and he concedes another overthrow.

A bit of luck with that top-edged six, and the pressure was back on Kings XI. Aaron bowled that short, wide ball next ball, and then Marsh conceded that overthrow. Lions now need just eight off six. Who will bowl the last over?

It's Natarajan. Fine leg up, third man on the boundary. And deep point as well.

A quick-scoring venue

8.29

The first-innings run rate in IPL matches at the PCA Stadium. Among this season's venues, batsmen historically score quicker only in Rajkot and Bengaluru.