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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of Match 3 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 between Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Gujarat Lions (GL) at Mohali. I am Shiamak Unwalla, and I will bring you all the live scores and updates of this match. KXIP have had two vastly contrasting years over the last two IPL seasons. In IPL 2014 they were the runners-up, having smashed past most opponents en route to the final. Then in IPL 2015 the same players who did wonderfully the previous season suffered a collective loss of form, and KXIP ended up in the bottom half of the table. Their opponents, Gujarat Lions, are going to make their debut in IPL. Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab vs Gujarat Lions, IPL 2016 Match 3 at Mohali

MATCH REPORT: Aaron Finch’s fifty guides Gujarat Lions to 5-wicket win against Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2016, Match 3 at Mohali

Live Cricket Score Gujarat Lions 162/5 | Overs 17.4 | BATSMEN: Dinesh Karthik 41(26), Dwayne Bravo 2(2) | Mohit Sharma to bowl what could be the final over. ONE. Played to square leg. Mohit and Bravo have a friendly chat. ONE. Played to long on. ONE. Pulled away again. FOUR! That’s all, folks. Karthik pulls it away to help GL to a victory on debut!

Live Cricket Score Gujarat Lions 155/5 | Overs 17 | BATSMEN: Dinesh Karthik 36(24), Dwayne Bravo 0(0) | Mitchell Johnson to bowl out. FOUR. Smacked over cover, great shot. ONE. Played to cover, over-throws allows the single. Could have been run out had it been a direct hit. DOT. Misses the pull. FOUR. Over-pitched from Johnson, and Kishan heaves it over midwicket. OUT! Sliced to point. FOUR. Karhik punches that back past Mitch to end with a boundary. OUT! Ishan Kishan 11(8) c Mohit Sharma b Mitchell Johnson

Live Cricket Score Gujarat Lions 142/4 | Overs 16 | BATSMEN: Dinesh Karthik 27(21), Ishan Kishan 7(5) | Pardeep Sahu to bowl out. ONE. Nervy single. DOT. Cut to point. ONE. Played away for one. DOT. Tries to go big, misses, survives. TWO. Goes leg side, doesn’t time it. FOUR. Lovely sweep shot to fine leg.

Live Cricket Score Gujarat Lions 134/4 | Overs 15 | BATSMEN: Dinesh Karthik 26(19), Ishan Kishan 1(1) | Mitchell Johnson into the attack. TWO. Played to fine leg. ONE. Played away for another single. OUT! Brilliantly done, Johnson kicks the ball and takes down the stumps! Jadeja run out. In walks Ishan Kishan. ONE. Whipped away for a single. DOT. Bouncer, Karthik ducks. DOT. Defends. OUT! Ravindra Jadeja 8(12) run out

Live Cricket Score Gujarat Lions 130/3 | Overs 14 | BATSMEN: Dinesh Karthik 26(16), Ravindra Jadeja 7(10) | Pardeep Sahu into his third over. ONE. Jadeja works it away for a single. ONE. Played to cover again. DOT. Defended nicely. TWO. Jadeja looks to slog down the ground, not from the middle of the bat. Pulled in short of the boundary. ONE. Played to point. FOUR. Revere sweep to the third man boundary.

Live Cricket Score Gujarat Lions 121/3 | Overs 13 | BATSMEN: Dinesh Karthik 21(14), Ravindra Jadeja 3(6) | Mohit Sharma again. ONE. Plays it to third man. DOT. No run for that. DOT. Another dot. TWO. Played to third man. DOT. Defended. ONE. Played to fine leg.

Live Cricket Score Gujarat Lions 117/3 | Overs 12 | BATSMEN: Dinesh Karthik 20(13), Ravindra Jadeja 0(1) Pardeep Sahu again. ONE. Played to mid on. FOUR. Swept beautifully by Karthik. ONE. Played to third man, but off the outside edge. FOUR. Just past the man at point. OUT! Sahu gets one past Finch, and Saha stumps him brilliantly. DOT. No run for Jadeja. OUT! Aaron Finch 74(47) st Wriddhiman Saha b Pardeep Sahu  

Live Cricket Score Gujarat Lions 107/2 | Overs 11 | BATSMEN: Aaron Finch 69(44), Dinesh Karthik 15(11) Sandeep Sharma again. TWO. Nicely driven down the ground. ONE. Driven down the ground again. ONE. Played to cover. FOUR. Short and wide, just helped along to third ma. ONE. Played to mid off. DOT. Defended back to the bowler.

Live Cricket Score Gujarat Lions 98/2 | Overs 10 | BATSMEN: Aaron Finch 61(40), Dinesh Karthik 14(9) Pardeep Sahu into the attack now. ONE. Short and wide, cut for a single. ONE. Cut away to cover. FOUR. Short and pulled to the midwicket boundary. ONE. Down to mid on. ONE. Played to point. ONE. Another single to end with.

Live Cricket Score Gujarat Lions 89/2 | Overs 9 | BATSMEN: Aaron Finch 54(36), Dinesh Karthik 12(7) Akshar Patel again. ONE. Easy single to start with. DOT. Played to the fielder. ONE. Driven to cover. ONE. Played to midwicket. ONE. Played to mid on. WIDE. Down the leg side. ONE. Played to mid on.

Live Cricket Score Gujarat Lions 83/2 | Overs 8 | BATSMEN: Aaron Finch 51(33), Dinesh Karthik 10(4) Marcus Stoinis again. FOUR. Terrible ball again, Finch plays it to point. ONE. Played to mid on. ONE. Driven to cover. FOUR. This is rubbish bowling, smacked to long on, and that’s 50 for Finch. ONE. Played to long on. FOUR! KXIP trying their best to lose the match by the looks of it.

Live Cricket Score Gujarat Lions 68/2 | Overs 7 | BATSMEN: Aaron Finch 41(29), Dinesh Karthik 5(2) | Akshar Patel comes on to bowl. DOT. No run for that. ONE. Worked away to the leg side. FOUR. Bit too wide, and DK cuts it past point. ONE. Played to mid on. FOUR. That’s down to fine leg. ONE. Driven to cover.

Live Cricket Score Gujarat Lions 57/2 | Overs 6 | BATSMEN: Aaron Finch 35(25), Dinesh Karthik 0(0) | Marcus Stoinis into the attack now. ONE. Finch works it away. SIX! That was mighty! Short ball, and Raina pulls that hard. GONE! Six and out, Raina mis-hits that one to mid on. DOT. No run for that. FOUR. Finch square cuts for four. ONE. Terrible mis-field. OUT! Suresh Raina 20(9) c Mitchell Johnson b Marcus Stoinis

Live Cricket Score Gujarat Lions 45/1 | Overs 5 | BATSMEN: Aaron Finch 29 (21), Suresh Raina 14 (7) | Finch is liking scoring off Mitchell Johnson here. After a dot, he guides one past short third man and backward point for another boundary. Johnson then strays down the leg to Raina. Watch out for the short ball. Nope, Johnson stays the same line. Two wides on the trot. Raina then dabs it on off side with soft hands for a single. Finch retains the strike with a single to third man. Gujarat Lions need 117 off 15 overs with 9 wickets in hand.

Live Cricket Score Gujarat Lions 36/1 | Overs 4 | BATSMEN: Aaron Finch 23 (16), Suresh Raina 13 (6) | Change in bowling, Mohit Sharma is in and Finch welcomes him with a boundary on the leg side. The second ball is short, and Finch smashes it past short midwicket for another boundary! Raina gets a boundary on a slow ball on the leg side. Gujarat picking up quite well.

Live Cricket Score Gujarat Lions 23/1 | Overs 3 | BATSMEN: Aaron Finch 14 (13), Suresh Raina 9 (3) | Sandeep continues. Akshar Patel puts in an unbelievable dive to save a certain boundary from Finch’s bat. KXIP looking to not allow Gujarat off to a flier here. SIX! Raina goes down-town, hits over mid off and clears the ropes. The second last ball was hit well for a couple towards fine leg, there was no fielder there. Gujarat end the over with a single. They need 139 more from 17 overs.

Live Cricket Score Gujarat Lions 12/1 | Overs 2 | BATSMEN: Aaron Finch 12 (10), Suresh Raina 0 (0) | Mitchell Johnson comes on. Finch hits the second ball over cover fielders but too high in the air, it falls safely. Finch gets a couple, and the next ball is smashed for the first boundary over point. Johnson changes ends. FOUR again, short ball from Mitch is pulled really well by Finch towards backward square leg. A single to end the over.

Live Cricket Score Gujarat Lions 1/1 | Overs 1 | BATSMEN:  Aaron Finch 1 (4) | Sandeep Sharma begins the proceedings for KXIP, and there is a loud appeal for leg before against Aaron Finch on the second ball. The right-handed then makes room to hit on the off side, but fails to connect. Finch gets off the mark with a stroke in the air towards long on. WICKET! A massive blow to the Gujarat Lions as BMac dances down the wicket and tries to connect as he looked to defend. OUT! Brendon McCullum 0 (2) st Wriddhiman Saha b Sandeep Sharma

INNINGS REPORT: Kings XI Punjab set Gujarat Lions target of 162 in IPL 2016, Match 3 at Mohali

Live Cricket Score Kings XI Punjab: 161/6 | Overs 20 | BATSMEN: Akshar Patel 4(2), Mitchell Johnson 0(0) | Dwayne Bravo to bowl the final over. ONE. Saha tries to go big, gets a top-edge but survives as it lands safely. ONE. Played to mid off. OUT! Saha tries to go big again, and he finds Jadeja at midwicket. OUT! Two in two, similar shot and result. This time Finch is the fielder. Bravo on a hat-trick. TWO. Sweetly driven by Akshar for a couple. TWO. Oh dear, that was sliced in the air it should have been an easy catch but the fielder mucked it. Bravo robbed of a fifer. OUT! Wriddhiman Saha 20(25) c Ravindra Jadeja b Dwayne Bravo, Marcus Stoinis 33(22) c Aaron Finch b Dwayne Bravo 

Live Cricket Score Kings XI Punjab: 155/4 | Overs 19 | BATSMEN: Wriddhiman Saha 19(23), Marcus Stoinis 32(20) | James Faulkner again. TWO. Saha smacks that one in the air to cover, but Ishan Kishan can’t reach there in time. Good effort though. DOT. Tries to slog and misses. TWO. Played to cover and scampered for a couple. DOT. Tries to ramp and misses. ONE. Mis-hit to mid on again. FOUR. Smashed through cover.

Live Cricket Score Kings XI Punjab: 146/4 | Overs 18 | BATSMEN: Wriddhiman Saha 14(18), Marcus Stoinis 28(19) | Praveen Kumar again. DOT. Played to cover. ONE. Unfortunate, that was struck back firmly, but right onto the stumps. ONE. Driven to long off. ONE. Chipped in the air to long off. TWO. Played down the ground again. FOUR. Stoinis ramps that one to fine leg.

Live Cricket Score Kings XI Punjab: 136/4 | Overs 17 | BATSMEN: Wriddhiman Saha 12(16), Marcus Stoinis 20(15) | James Faulkner comes on to bowl the 17th over. DOT. Slower and wide, Saha misses. ONE. Played to square leg. ONE. Slower ball, Stoinis misses but they take a bye. ONE. Slogged, but didn’t get it properly. TWO. Played to cover. ONE. Played to square leg.

Live Cricket Score Kings XI Punjab: 130/4 | Overs 16 | BATSMEN: Wriddhiman Saha 10(13), Marcus Stoinis 17(12) | Praveen Kumar returns. ONE. Played to the off side. ONE. Yorker, played to mid on. DOT. Played to cover. DOT. Slower short ball, Saha misses the pull. ONE. Played to square leg. TWO. Slower short ball, pulled to square leg.

Live Cricket Score Kings XI Punjab: 125/4 | Overs 15 | BATSMEN: Wriddhiman Saha 8(9), Marcus Stoinis 14(10) | James Faulkner is in again. ONE. Played to cover. WIDE. Down leg. TWO. Played to square leg for a couple. FOUR. Short and wide, slashed through point. DOT. Defended, the bowler throws it back to the bowler’s end but it hits the batsman’s bat. Was that deliberate obstruction? ONE. Played to mid on. WIDE. Down leg again. ONE. Clipped off his pads.

Live Cricket Score Kings XI Punjab: 114/4 | Overs 14 | BATSMEN: Wriddhiman Saha 6(7), Marcus Stoinis 7(6) | Dwayne Bravo into his third over. ONE. Saha takes a single to the leg side. ONE. Tucked away to fine leg. ONE. Driven to cover. DOT. No run for that. FOUR. Bit too short, and Stoinis pulls it to fine leg for four. DOT. Driven back to Bravo.

Live Cricket Score Kings XI Punjab: 107/4 | Overs 13 | BATSMEN: Wriddhiman Saha 4(5), Marcus Stoinis 2(2) | Ravindra Jadeja again. DOT. No run there. ONE. OH IS THAT A WICKET? No, direct hit but Stoinis has made it home. ONE. Single to square leg. ONE. Driven to cover. ONE. Played to mid on. ONE. Played to long off.

Live Cricket Score Kings XI Punjab: 102/4 | Overs 12 | BATSMEN: Wriddhiman Saha 1(1) | Bravo. ONE. eviates slightly, Maxwell flicks for a single. WIDE. Down the leg, no contact. ONE. Once again an attempted yorker, and once again it does not come off. ONE. Straight drive for a single. DOT. Bouncer, no run. OUT! Excellent yorker, Maxwell moves away and tries to slam that through point, he misses, Bravo hits! ONE. Saha plays to point, there is an overthrow, they get an extra run. OUT! Another yorker, this time a slow one, hits the base of Miller’s stumps! OUT! Glenn Maxwell 2(4) b Dwayne BravoDavid Miller 15(10) b Dwayne Bravo

Live Cricket Score Kings XI Punjab: 98/2 | Overs 11 | BATSMEN: David Miller 14(11), Glen Maxwell 1(1) | Jadeja continues. ONE. Vijay pushes to deep mid-wicket. TWO. Quicker delivery on leg, Miller pushes to deep square-leg. ONE. Once again, plays to deep square-leg. OUT! Makes room and tries to go inside-out, misses completely, middle-stump is uprooted! ONE. Maxwell plays it through extra-cover. SIX! Miller steps out, and lofts that over long-on, HUGE! OUT! Murali Vijay 42(34)b Ravindra Jadeja 

Live Cricket Score Kings XI Punjab: 87/1 | Overs 10 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 37(27), David Miller 4(4) | Bravo comes back. ONE. Steers with ease, comfortable single. ONE. Plays past point. DOT. Good bouncer, Vijay lets that go. TWO. Guides that to deep-wicket. ONE. Change in pace, the ball did not come on to the bat, Vijay can only play it back to Bravo. ONE. Moves away, but cannot get it going.

Live Cricket Score Kings XI Punjab: 82/1 | Overs 9 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 37(27), David Miller 4(4) | Jadeja to continue. SIX! Straight in the slot, Vohra slog-sweeps that into the stands! OUT! Rapped on the pads and deflected, Karthik runs in and takes an easy catch! DOT. Bang on target, Miller keeps out. TWO. On middle-and-leg, glance for a brace. DOT. Straight on stumps, Miller blocks. DOT. Plays softly to short mid-wicket. OUT! Manan Vohra 38(23) c Dinesh Karthik b Ravindra Jadeja 

Live Cricket Score Kings XI Punjab: 71/0 | Overs 8 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 37(27), Manan Vohra 32(21) | On comes Ladda. DOT. The first ball is straight, loud appeal, turned down. TWO. Vijay sweeps with panache, Jadeja picks it up at deep square-leg. ONE. Once again Vijay sweeps, this time it is squarer, just a single. SIX! Ladda tosses that up, Vohra steps out and hits absolutely straight, into the stands! FOUR! Long-hop, Vohra rocks back and pulls Ladda to the mid-wicket fence! DOT. Tries to steer, mistimes, gets a single.

Live Cricket Score Kings XI Punjab: 57/0 | Overs 7 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 34(24), Manan Vohra 21(18) | Ravindra Jadeja comes on now. ONE. Played to short fine leg. DOT. Stifled LBW appeal, would have gone down leg. DOT. Can’t get it away. ONE, leg bye. Down to fine leg again. ONE. Played to square leg. TWO. Chipped over the in-field for a couple.

Live Cricket Score Kings XI Punjab: 52/0 | Overs 6 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 32(22), Manan Vohra 19(14) | Sarabjit Ladda into the attack. DOT. LBW appeal, would have gone down leg. ONE. Played to midwicket. ONE. Slog-swept to midwicket. FOUR. Vijay goes over mid on for another boundary! DOT. Good ball, Vijay beaten outside off and Karthik whips off the bails. Third umpire is called upon, but Vijay survives. ONE. Single to keep strike.

Live Cricket Score Kings XI Punjab: 45/0 | Overs 5 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 27(17), Manan Vohra 18(13) | James Faulkner now. FOUR. And this time Vohra plays a cracking off-drive. TWO, dropped. Vohra tries to slog that one over midwicket, Bravo dives forward but can’t hold on. There’s a run out chance as well, but the batsman is safe. Eventful ball. DOT. Played to the fielder. FOUR. Flicked away off his pads to square leg! FOUR. Smacked over long off this time!

Live Cricket Score Kings XI Punjab: 31/0 | Overs 4 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 27(17), Manan Vohra 4(7) | Pradeep Sangwan continues. ONE. Worked away by Vohra off his pads again. DOT. Defended to the fielder. FOUR. Vijay moves to off and flicks it over square leg. TWO. Another lovely straight drive from Vijay, just pulled back inside the boundary. FOUR. Once again, Vijay plays a delightful shot through cover. DOT. Played to cover.

Live Cricket Score Kings XI Punjab: 20/0 | Overs 3 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 17(12), Manan Vohra 3(6) | Praveen Kumar continues. ONE. Full and swinging, Vohra gets it to mid on. ONE. Nicely driven to mid off. DOT. Played to mid on. ONE. Worked away to the leg side. FOUR. Lovely shot again from Vijay. He is looking sublime. DOT. Well bowled, out-swing beats the bat.

Live Cricket Score Kings XI Punjab: 13/0 | Overs 2 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 12(9), Manan Vohra 1(3) | Pradeep Sangwan starts off from the other end. DOT. Good start, bit of in-swing. Defended. DOT. Bit of width, Vijay misses the drive. DOT. Vijay tried to go big, the ball went to the ‘keeper off his pads. DOT. Played to point. SIX! Vijay steps out and slogs that one over long on. FOUR! Beautiful cover drive to end with.

Live Cricket Score Kings XI Punjab: 3/0 | Overs 1 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 2(3), Manan Vohra 1(3) | Out walk the KXIP openers Vijay and Vohra. Praveen Kumar takes the new ball. Vijay on strike. ONE. Slight LBW appeal, turned down. Single to mid on. DOT. Bit of swing on offer, played to mid on. DOT. Wide outside off. ONE. Single to backward point. DOT. Left alone outside off. ONE. Single to third man.

TOSS: Suresh Raina wins the toss and will bowl first. Bad news for KXIP, as Shaun Marsh won’t be able to play today as he is sick.

Teams:

Kings XI Punjab: David Miller (c), Manan Vohra, Murali Vijay, Glenn Maxwell, Wriddhiman Saha, Akshar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Johnson, Mohit Sharma, Pardeep Sahu, Sandeep Sharma.

Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (c), Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Ishan Kishan, Praveen Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan, Sarabjit Ladda.

KXIP have a good unit again this year, with the likes of skipper David Miller, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson, Murali Vijay, Manan Vohra, Gurkeerat Singh, Kyle Abbott, Sandeep Sharma, Akshar Patel, Rishi Dhawan, Anureet Singh, and Mohit Sharma in the set-up. Meanwhile, GL have an excellent side as well. Led by Suresh Raina, the team boasts of Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, James Faulkner, Dale Steyn, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Praveen Tambe, Praveen Kumar, and others.

On paper GL look like a much better side. This will be their first ever match in IPL, and they will feel the nerves of making their debut as a team. That said, they are led by the leading run-scorer in IPL and have among their ranks the batsman with the fastest Test century of all time as well as an all-rounder who has won the Purple Cap twice.

Squads:

Kings XI Punjab: David Miller (c), Kyle Abbott, Anureet Singh, Armaan Jaffer, Farhaan Behardien, KC Cariappa, Rishi Dhawan, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Nikhil Naik, Axar Patel, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Pradeep Sahu, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, Swapnil Singh, Shardul Thakur, Murali Vijay, Manan Vohra

Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (c), Brendon McCullum (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Aaron Finch, Dwayne Smith, Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Pravin Tambe, Dale Steyn, Pravin Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan, Andrew Tye, Akshdeep Nath, Paras Dogra, Eklavya Dwivedi, Ishan Kishan, Shadab Jakati, Shivil Kaushik, Sarabjit Ladda, Jaydev Shah, Umang Sharma

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