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  • 7:45 PM IST

    Man of the Match: Hashim Amla

  • 7:44 PM IST

    UPDATE: Hashim Amla is not fit totally, reason why he missed fielding.

  • 7:42 PM IST

    Stylish player of the match: Akshar Patel

  • 7:42 PM IST

    Most sixes: Glenn Maxwell

  • 7:42 PM IST

    Perfect catch: Marcus Stoinis

  • 7:29 PM IST

    Sandeep Sharma to bowl the final over: FOUR! Yorker, gets the inside edge of Thampi’s bat and runs to midwicket rope. Brilliant fielding in the deep, stops a boundary. KXIP have done well with both bat and ball and a deserving victory for them. KXIP win by 26 runs.

  • 7:24 PM IST

    Mohit Sharma: Starts off with a wide, Karthik watches it go past him to the keeper. Length ball outside off, Karthik hits it back to Mohit. Swing and a miss. A couple of runs. Karthik swings the bat hard this time, but fails to connect properly, the ball gets the bottom edge, quick single taken. Swing and a miss by Thampi, quick single taken again, Thampi beaten by pace. Swing and a miss again, 36 needed off the final over.

  • 7:18 PM IST

    T Natarajan’s third over: Restricts the batsmen to singles only. Bowling in the right areas. Thampi will take his time now to hit freely while Karthik is set. All he needs to do is rotate strike, thus adding runs and giving more to Karthik.

  • 7:15 PM IST

    Sandeep Sharma’s third over: FOUR! Full toss at leg and Karthik sweeps it fine. FOUR! It is Tye this time, slower bouncer, hits it over Saha’s head. OUT! Perfect yorker at middle, Tye fails to read it totally and it clean bowled.
    FOUR! Karthik is still fighting at the other end, switch hit to the yorker to get much needed runs for his side.

  • 7:05 PM IST

    Mohit Sharma’s third over: Slower outside off, good length, Karthik plays it late through point, gets a single. Big shout from Mohit off the next, yorker outside off, gets the batsman at his toe, umpire not interested. Sharma mixing the length, bowling short balls as surprise element. Karthik hammers the final ball through points, wants a couple, gets a single only. Time for strategic timeout.

  • 7:00 PM IST

    Akshar Patel’s final over: Starts off with a single. SIX! Full length in the middle, Tye gets down on his back leg and hits it over midwicket. Single follows. FOUR! Tye sweeps it fine and gets his team much needed runs. 15 runs off the over.

  • 6:57 PM IST

    Cariappa continues: OUT! Akshdeep Nath is gone off the first ball, plumb in front. On hat-trick, the bowler. LOUD APPEAL FOR CAUGHT BEHIND! Anil Chaudhary not interested. Saha is confident of there being an edge but replay shows it was the sound of the bat hitting the pad. Brilliant over from Cariappa. Karthik keeps the hopes for GL fans alive.

  • 6:53 PM IST

    Akshar Patel with the ball: Karthik manages a couple off the first. Dwayne Smith at the crease. FOUR! Back of a length at leg, Smith sweeps it fine. The ball deflects off the fielder in deep fine leg to get them FOUR runs. OUT! Dwayne Smith goes for a big hit and that will be an easy catch for Stoinis at long off.

  • 6:50 PM IST

    KC Cariappa: Tossed up at leg, Jadeja hits it to midwicket, no run. Good length outside off, Jadeja looks to make room, takes a quick single playing to point. Good length at off stump, Karthik cuts through point. Good length at middle. Sweeps the next to fine leg, the fielder at short fine collects it and throws back at Karthik’s stumps. The batsman was already halfway down. However, there is no one to receive the throw and GL get a run. Meanwhile the umpire signals that there has to be pne run shorter on the board as Karthik had not touched the crease properly. OUT! Big wicket, soft dismissal for Jadeja, Cariappa takes a good return catch.

  • 6:44 PM IST

    Akshar Patel’s second over: Cuts off the pace of the ball, continues bowling at good length, keeps it outside off. GL will have to increase the frequency of boundaries. FOUR! Jadeja makes room, cuts through cover.

  • 6:40 PM IST

    Marcus Stoinis with the ball: Jadeja is here. Karthik faces the ball, plays it to midwicket, gets a couple. The required rate is over 10 and this will create pressure on GL who have lost 3 wickets already. Slow, short and Karthik pulls this one through backward square leg for FOUR! Quick single to end the over.

  • 6:36 PM IST

    Akshar Patel with the ball: FOUR! Karthik pulls Akshar first ball through square leg for a four. Played with soft hand the next to fine leg, gets a single. Short at off stump, Raina plays to midwicket for a single. Single off the next as well. Full and wide, Raina stretches out to it and pushes it away. OUT! Raina went for a big hit over long on but Maxwell jumps in the air to take a tricky catch to dismiss him. Akshar Patel takes his 50th wicket in IPL.

  • 6:29 PM IST

    T Natarajan with the ball: Pulled hard through square leg by Karthik, gets a single. Raina plays the next across to long on, gets a single. Fuller at off stump, Karthik plays it to long off, gets a single. Raina cuts the next to point, Karthik at the other end is halfway down the crease for a single, scurries back seeing the fielder collect the ball. They finally get a single off the next. Karthik shows good footwork off the next, plays the ball to long off, gets a single. Strategic timeout.

  • 6:24 PM IST

    Cariappa continues: Starts off with a single, getting turns. Losing back to back wickets will affect the runrate. FOUR! Karthik makes room for the good length ball and plays it through cover. The ball turned away, good shot by Karthik.

  • 6:19 PM IST

    Mohit Sharma’s second over: Finch makes room and plays it to point, no run. Shorter at middle, gets it in to Finch, makes room and hits it to mid off, is that a catch by Stoinis? The fielder is not sure. Meanwhile Finch gets a couple of runs. Soft signal is out. There is no conclusive evidence of there being a bump, and Finch has to walk back.

    Dinesh Karthik is here. Bouncer, pulled away through fine leg for FOUR! Brings up fifty for Gujarat Lions.

  • 6:13 PM IST

    KC Cariappa with the ball: FOUR! Raina plays across through midwicket and a diving Maxwell cannot save the boundary. A partnership building between Raina and Finch building. Only singles off the next few.

  • 6:09 PM IST

    T Natarajan’s first over: Outside off, Raina plays to point, gets a single. Short to Finch, pulled to square leg for a single. Fielding has been top-class in today’s game from both the sides, Raina cuts a certain delivery through backward point, Sandeep Sharma dives and saves it. SIX! First of the innings off Finch’s bat. Hits it over extra cover.

  • 6:04 PM IST

    Sandeep Sharma’s second over: Good length at off, Raina smacks it hard through long on for FOUR! Played to long off this time for a single. Good length at leg, Finch makes a lot of room to hit it to mid off. Stoinis stops and throws it promptly to Akshar who attempts a run out. Great work by the fielders today. FOUR! Brilliant shot, lower full toss, Raina opens the face of the bat to route he ball through the gap in point. Hit it straight this time, gets a single, keeps strike.

  • 5:59 PM IST

    Mohit Sharma to Aaron Finch: Good length outside off, Finch defends to point. Short, chance of a dismissal, got the outside edge of Finch’s bat, it goes just over Marsh at mid off. Tough luck there for Marsh who attempts it. FOUR! Through fine leg plays Raina. Brilliant piece of fielding, to stop the next at cover by the two fielders, just a single.

  • 5:53 PM IST

    Sandeep Sharma opens bowling for KXIP: Starts off with a short ball, to easy for McCullum to put it through backward point for a FOUR! Opens the face of the bat for the next ball, shorter, to deep point, a couple of runs. Swings the bat hard this time, beaten by length, failed attempt to pull the ball. Big appeal and OUT! Big, big wicket. Full toss, at off stump, hits McCullum at back leg right in front of the stump. Easy decision for the umpire.

  • 5:30 PM IST

    Basil Thampi to bowl the final: Yorkers expected and bowls a yorker to Saha, who manages a single. Another yorker at off stump, MOhit plays to cover, gets a couple. Another attempted yorker, ends up as a lower full toss, Saha gets a single, plays it to cover. Juicy full toss, SIX over midwicket. Yorker outside off, Saha hits it back to the bowler and immediately starts running. Easy job for Thampi to reach the crease and get him run out. KXIP put up 188/7 in 20 overs.

  • 5:23 PM IST

    Dwayne Smith with the ball: SIX! Akshar welcomes Smith with a maximum. Length ball at leg, Akshar sends it over midwicket. FOUR! Slower outside off, goes through thirdman. SIX! Goes over long on, not the right time to bring in Smith it seems. OUT! Hits the short ball hard this time again but the pace has been reduced, Finch takes a running catch at long on.

    Single to end the over. KXIP still have Wriddhiman Saha at the crease for the final over.

  • 5:17 PM IST

    Tye’s final over: Short, Akshar defends with a straight bat, gets a single. Great fielding by Finch in long on for the next as Stoinis hits hard down the ground, Just a couple of runs. A couple of singles follow. OUT! Slower one, Stoinis goes for a big hit over long on, mishit, it lands in McCullum’s hand at long off.

    Slower, short ball. Akshar pulls it for a single.

  • 5:12 PM IST

    Nathu Singh’s third over: False start. Yorker at leg, Stoinis hits it down the ground to the bowler. Juicy full toss, Stoinis hits hard but stopped by Raina, a certain boundary saved. Full at leg, Stoinis flicks it to square leg, gets a single to get off the mark. Wide, slow, pitches inside the line but moves away and umpire signals Nathu to bowl it again. Full outside off, hit hard down the ground, FOUR! Slower, at middle, Akshar hits it to midwicket, gets a couple. Single to finish.

  • 5:07 PM IST

    Andrew Tye with the ball: Short at leg, Akshar defends. Full at leg this time, Akshar gets a single. Two new batsmen at the crease and this will reduce the runrate just when KXIP were supposed to fire. Yorker, Stoinis hits it to midwicket, Tye runs to get the cath, dives but misses. FOUR! Straight down the ground for a one bounce four.

GL are at No. 8 and KXIP are at No. 6 in IPL 2017 points table © BCCI, IANS
GL are at No. 8 and KXIP are at No. 6 in IPL 2017 points table © BCCI, IANS

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates post of Match No. 26 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 between Gujarat Lions (GL) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). The match will be played at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot. GL are currently at the bottom while KXIP are at No. 6 in the IPL 2017 points table. Both teams have won two out of the six matches they have played and this match will decide who goes up the ladder. Playing in home conditions, GL will definitely have the advantage and it will be a tough task for the Punjab boys to snatch a victory from the hosts. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), IPL 2017, Match 26 at Rajkot

A part where the Lions require improvement is their bowling. They have a heavy batting line-up with the likes of Suresh Raina, Brendon McCullum and Aaron Finch being part of it and the top-order has been in good form. Dinesh Karthik in the middle order has been elemental in adding important runs and the only part GL need to worry about is their bowling combination which they are yet to settle. However, Ravindra Jadeja will be their key player for the Rajkot fixture. Apart from him, Andrew Tye can emerge as the game changer if picked.

KXIP have a heavy top-order similar to GL but the middle lacks balance and that is where they differ from the hosts. Hashim Amla, Manan Vohra and Glenn Maxwell are in great touch and are sure take the team off to great start but the rest of the line-up will have to contribute equally if not more for a good total on the board. KXIP’s bowling has been overly dependent upon pacers and Akshar Patel will be their biggest weapon for the spin-friendly Rajkot track.

Squads:

Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Praveen Kumar, Manpreet Gony, Dhawal Kulkarni, Aaron Finch, Shadab Bashir Jakati, Jason Roy, Shivil Kaushik, Dwayne Bravo, Munaf Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Jaydev Shah, Pradeep Sangwan, James Faulkner, Akshdeep Nath, Andrew Tye, Chirag Suri, Basil Thampi, Ishan Kishan, Nathu Singh, Shubham Agarwal, Tejas Baroka, Pratham Singh, Shelley Shaurya.

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP): Hashim Amla, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), David Miller, Glenn Maxwell (c), Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Manan Vohra, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, T Natarajan, Swapnil Singh, Darren Sammy, Shaun Marsh, Eoin Morgan, Ishant Sharma, Martin Guptill, Anureet Singh, Varun Aaron, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Matt Henry, Nikhil Naik, Rahul Tewatia, KC Cariappa, Pardeep Sahu, Rinku Singh, Armaan Jaffer.

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD AND BALL-BY-BALL COMMENTARY: Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), IPL 2017, Match 26 at Rajkot