19th match (D/N), Rajkot, Apr 24 2016, Indian Premier League
(19.3/20 ov, target 181)182/4
Guj Lions won by 6 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
100* (63)

And that about wraps it up here. The IPL rolls on with the second match of the day, where Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and opted to chase against Rising Pune Supergiants. Do join the fellas in that scorecard and keep going nuts.

Virat Kohli is the Man of the Match, comes up expressionless. Smiles only for the camera. "Doesn't really feel good right now. Would have liked to cross the line on the right side of the result. Missed a coupled of hundreds before. Not at any stage was I think about ab out a hundred. Just looking for 170. The opportunity came in the end. [Gayle] should be back in the next game. Batting is not a concern. We are planning a lot of things [with the ball] We want to pull our socks up. Even today, it was slow pitch, we shouldn't have given so many balls close to the batsman that he could hit. Should have kept it away from his reach. Personal performances are good, but not having a win is difficult"

"Good win, when Virat got a hundred I thought it was going away from us. But Baz and Smith got us off to a great start. We didn't lose focus, we had good partnerships in the chase," says Suresh Raina, "Smithy has been batting really well up the order with CSK, he had a really good PSL. Not sure about Finchy's fitness"

7.30 pm It seemed, during Gujarat Lions' only loss, they hadn't paced their innings well. Here they were perfect. Even after losing one of their major run-scorers early. Finch did not bat at all tonight, not sure if it was an injury. But McCullum, and Dwayne Smith who replaced Dale Steyn, took Lions to the best score in the Powerplay this season. With 72 runs in six overs, they had the perfect base to exploit a big outfield. Raina and Dinesh Karthik strung a half-century stand simply by running twos. The pressure of the chase is no longer as strong as it once was. So it is that Virat Kohli's maiden T20 century ends up in a losing cause. (Showing disturbingly similar shades of Sachin Tendulkar, eh?)

Mustafa Moudi: "Sachin & Virat - Both Scored their MAIDEN IPL TON in their own captaincy while opening against a New Franchisee, Wearing Orange Outfits, Having Mccullum as Opener and Still both LOST the Match. Mother of Co-incidence !!!!"

nishu: "RCB's bowling attack is weak. They should trade one of their batsmen with SRH bolwer.s So that the SRH batting gets stronger and RCB's bowling gets better. " ---- What? No credit to a beautiful chase from the Lions?

Lecs: "Kohli might get his first MoM this season alas in loosing cause. Once again bowler let him down even though they were 25 run above par as per Kohli."

Yuba Raj Kalath: "Noone is talking about D Karthik's contribution for GL yet. May be he is not high profile like others... :("

Watson to Bravo, FOUR runs

belted down the ground and Lions win! And Bravo brings out the Champion dance. That's the exclamation point to finish the game. He was able to get underneath a length ball on middle and the full swing of a very straight bat made sure the hosts more or less cruised the chase

DJ Bravo walks out, with four balls left and three runs to get

Watson to Jadeja, OUT

sensational catch from Rahul! Low to his left. Jaddu was simply trying to run the back of a length ball to third man, but the keeper saw him shaping for the shot, kept low and moved nicely towards the ball to take it one-handed

Ravindra Jadeja c †Rahul b Watson 12 (21m 10b 0x4 1x6) SR: 120
Watson to Jadeja, 1 wide

he's called it! That's very very difficult to do. The wide yorker, and put the ball beyond the batsman's reach. Fair call again from Bharatan. Quite far outside that guide line

Watson to Karthik, 1 run

goes full on off stump, Karthik lifts it to long-off to complete a very important half-century

Watson to Jadeja, (no ball) 1 run

shortish and outside off, Jadeja slices it to deep third man. Oh boy, he has overstepped! The next one is a free hit. Checking with the umpire, planting his leg on the line and he doesn't believe it. Fine call though from the umpire, as the replay indicates.

end of over 1914 runs
GL: 174/3CRR: 9.15 RRR: 7.00
Dinesh Karthik49 (38)
Ravindra Jadeja11 (8)
Iqbal Abdulla 4-0-41-0
Kane Richardson 4-0-53-1

Riaz Shaikh: "Looks like the Lions will win it with Karthik stuck in the 40s; probably quite rare that the losing side has a centurion and nobody has even a 50 for the victors." ---- On 49 now, so you'd think he'd get there. Big meeting within the RCB camp. Watson has the ball in hand. He has six runs to defend.

Abdulla to Karthik, FOUR runs

beats AB at long-on! Raina is up on his feet in the dugout! DK has played a superb innings today. Held himself back in the partnership with his captain, now he's taking over against bowling he likes. Runs down the track, takes it on the full and thumps it straight. The fielder had too far to run to his left

Muneer: "Big Mistake by Virat not giving Watson the penultimate over!!!!! i dont think he will have to last over either!!!!" --- Who then? It has to be Watson.

Abdulla to Karthik, 2 runs

swept away over the infield to deep square leg, Jadhav can't send in a flat through and the two becomes easy

Abdulla to Karthik, 2 runs

swept in front of the wicket, and I think that's the second time Jaddu beats AB's arm from long-on

Abdulla to Jadeja, 1 run

low full toss on middle, picked away to deep midwicket. This partnership is becoming more crucial by the ball

Abdulla to Karthik, 1 run

into the blockhole on middle, picked away through midwicket

Abdulla to Karthik, FOUR runs

right-hander can do it as well. DK is so good against spin - especially with fine leg up. Shuffled across, goes for the lap sweep, gets under the ball and gets the boundary he wanted

Lions need 21 off 12. Abdulla to bowl, and a left-hander is in the middle. This could become ugly.

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