Akshar Patel claimed a hat-trick, against hosts Gujarat Lions (GL) © Getty Images (File Photo)
Akshar Patel claimed a hat-trick, against hosts Gujarat Lions (GL) © Getty Images (File Photo)

Visitors Kings XI Punjab all-rounder Akshar Patel claimed a hat-trick, against hosts Gujarat Lions (GL), in Match 28 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016, at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Sunday. It turned out to be the first hat-trick of the IPL 2016, as he dismissed Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne BRavo and Ravindra Jadeja, in consecutive deliveries for two, zero and 11, respectively. It was also his first in competitive cricket as he joins few of the ones, who have made it to the list of hat-trick in the tournament till date. Currently, GL are 64 for the loss of six wickets in 12 overs, with Ishan Kishan on 12, and James Faulkner on two. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Gujarat Lions vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2016 at Rajkot

Table-toppers Gujarat Lions will look to consolidate their position when they take on laggards Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League match here tomorrow. Punjab are lying at the bottom of the table with only two points from six matches, while Lions have managed to perch themselves at the top of the IPL standings with 12 points in seven matches. Their confidence has been further bolstered by a three-wicket win over Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Rising Pune Supergiants last night. The Lions chased down a steep 195-run target to romp home. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Gujarat Lions vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2016 at Rajkot

The two teams will lock horns for a second time in the tournament. In the first game played at Mohali, Lions had won by 5 wickets. Punjab have only two points from six games, their only win coming against Rising Pune Supergiants. Their big names such as Glenn Maxwell and skipper David Miller have failed miserably so far.