Good batting start from Dwayne Smith and Ishan Kishan gave Gujarat Lions (GL) the solid start they needed to beat Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by six wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) in Mohali on Sunday. Dwayne Smith who scored 74 runs off 39 balls, showed good temperament as he guided the Gujarat innings towards victory. Skillful and classy shots summed up Smith's innings in which he was dropped twice. However, dismissing Ishan Kishan to break a 91-run partnership, Natarajan pulled Punjab back in the game. Thereafter, Dwayne Smith also departed in search of quick runs. With Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik at the crease, Gujarat had their eye set on victory and outclassed Punjab. For Punjab, Sandeep Sharma finished with figures of two for 29 in his four overs. Punjab, after this loss, will have to win remaining three games to make it to the Play-offs. (Scorecard)
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23:46 IST: Dwayne Smith is adjudged the Man of the match.
23:33 IST: And it's done. Gujarat Lions beat Punjab by 6 wickets as they finish 192 for four in 19.4 overs.
23:31 IST: Two wide balls from Natarajan. Gujarat need 2 runs in 3 balls.
23:28 IST: Three runs off the first ball. Gujarat need 5 runs in 5 balls.
23:25 IST: Last over to go -- Gujarat need 8 runs in 6 balls.
23:23 IST: Four! Wide from Aaron, Dinesh Karthik cuts it handsomely for a boundary. Pressure on the bowler.
23:23 IST: Six! Dinesh Karthik swings hard as the ball takes the top edge and goes for a big maximum.
23:21 IST: Last two overs to go -- Gujarat need 24 runs in 12 balls.
23:18 IST: Out! Bouncer from Sandeep Sharma, Finch pulls, top edges the ball to the keeper. Gujarat need 25 runs in 14 balls.
23:14 IST: Out! Suresh Raina goes for the big hit, couldn't connect well and Gurkeerat completes a good catch. Gujarat need 28 runs in 17 balls.
23:13 IST: Punjab have been really poor when it comes to fielding today.
23:11 IST: Dropped! Slower ball from Aaron, Raina miscues the shot, ball pops out of Gurkeerat Singh's hands.
23:08 IST: Gujarat Lions need 32 runs in 24 balls.
23:07 IST: Six! Raina slams Mohit for a huge maximum as Maxwell watches the ball go over him.
23:01 IST: Gujarat, after 15 overs 148 for two, need more 42 runs to win the match.
22:59 IST: Good batting from Dinesh Karthik and Suresh Raina. Taking singles and doubles to keep the scoreboard ticking.
22:56 IST: Four! Natarajan bowls wide, Raina cuts the ball well for a boundary.
22:46 IST: With twelve overs gone, Gujarat Lions need 67 more runs to win in 48 balls.
22:44 IST: Out! Slog sweep from Smith and Guptill completes a well judged catch. Gujarat 120 for two in 11.2 overs.
22:43 IST: Six! Down on one knee, Smith times the ball for a big maximum straight down the ground.
22:42 IST: Four! On the leg side from Aaron, Suresh Raina flicks it for a boundary.
22:40 IST: Six! Giving himself room, Suresh Raina hits Aaron for a boundary. In the process becomes the first player to score 4500 IPL runs.
22:37 IST: 10 overs done, Gujarat stand at 103 for one.
22:36 IST: Four! Full toss on the pads, Suresh Raina guides the ball away for a boundary.
22:35 IST: Six! Full from Natarajan and Smith dispatches it for a maximum.
22:32 IST: Out! Natarajan break the 91-run partnership. Ishan Kishan departs.
22:29 IST: Six! Smith is going all the way. Slams Axar straight down the ground. for a maximum.
22:28 IST: Dropped again! Dwayne Smith gets a third life!
22:26 IST: Four! Short and outside the off stump from Maxwell, Ishan Kishan cuts it handsomely for a well timed boundary.
22:18 IST: At the end of the powerplay, Gujarat stand at 58 for zero.
22:17 IST: Dropped! Slower delivery from Mohit Sharma, Smith miscues, and David Miller puts down a sitter.
22:16 IST: Six! Half volley, Smith clubs the ball away for a boundary.
22:13 IST: Four! Smith just can not stop playing some good looking crisp shots.
22:09 IST: Four! Sandeep pitches the ball up and Smith hammers it down the ground.
22:05 IST: Back-to-back boundaries! Dwayne Smith turning on the heat at Mohali.
22:04 IST: Four! Beautiful controlled shot by Dwayne Smith. Slow ball from Varun Aaron, Smith waits and guides the ball away towards the ropes.
22:03 IST: After three overs Gujarat stand at 23 for no loss.
22:00 IST: Four! Sandeep Sharma looking for swing, gets crunched by Dwayne Smith off the backfoot.
21:56 IST: Four! Juicy little half volley from Mohit Sharma, Smith puts it away with authority.
21:55 IST: Four! Straying on the pads, Smith flicks it for a boundary.
21:53 IST: Decent start for Gujarat, at the end of the first over they stand at seven for no loss.
21:52 IST: Four! Onto the pads from Sandeep, Kishan tucks the ball away to get off mark in style.
21:51 IST: Sandeep Sharma is leading the bowling attack for Punjab.
21:50 IST: Ishan Kishan and Dwayne Smith opening the batting for Gujarat Lions.
21:49 IST: Welcome back to the second innings of the match.
21:35 IST: Punjab at the end of 20 overs finish at 189 for three.
21:31 IST: Out! Basil getting his yorker right, traps Amla in front of the wicket.
21:30 IST: Six! Wide from Thampi and Amla crunches the ball for a maximum and bring sup his second IPL hundred of the season. Punjab 187 for three.
21:28 IST: Four! Hashim Amla slams Thampi for a first ball boundary. Pressure of the bowler.
21:26 IST: Successive sixes for Maxwell. Two in a row for Maxwell!!
21:25 IST: Six! Maxwell picking his spot up, hits Sangwan cleanly for a maximum.
21:24 IST: With two overs to go, Glenn Maxwell is upping the ante.
21:18 IST: Four! Shuffling around the wicket, Hashim Amla cheekily guides Thampi for a boundary.
21:15 IST: Six! Getting into the position early, Amla smokes Thampi for a huge maximum on the leg side.
21:13 IST: Four overs to go, Punjab stand at 133 for two.
21:12 IST: Six! Amla throwing the kitchen sink at Kulkarni. Big maximum straight down the ground.
21:11 IST: Out! Slower delivery from Dhawal Kulkarni, Shaun Marsh miscues it, Finch takes a comfortable catch at long on.
21:04 IST: Four! Little bit of width from Basil Thampi, Marsh gets on top of the ball and smashes it for a boundary.
21:01 IST: Shaun marsh brings up his fifty in 37 balls. Punjab 112 for one, 13.3 overs.
20:57 IST: After 13 overs, Punjab stand at 109 for one.
20:56 IST: Six! Picking up his spot, Amla smacks Soni for a maximum.
20:55 IST: Straight down the ground for a single, Hashim Amla brings up his IPL fifty. Punjab in solid position now.
20:50 IST: Four! Slower ball from Faulkner, Marsh guide sit away for a boundary past the wicket keeper.
20:46 IST: Four! Full on the leg-side, Marsh glances Faulkner past short fine leg.
20:40 IST: After nine overs, Punjab stand at 72 for one. Shaun Marsh and Hashim Amla at the crease.
20:37 IST: Four! On the pads and Marsh puts it away for a boundary at the fine leg boundary.
20:36 IST: Four! Full toss from Ankit Soni and Shaun Marsh puts it away for a boundary.
20:32 IST: Four! Short from Ravindra Jadeja and Shaun Marsh makes no mistake pulling it for a boundary.
20:29 IST: At the end of the powerplay, Punjab stand at 44 for one.
20:28 IST: Creamed! On the pads from Faulkner, Amla rolls the wrist and guides the ball away for an exquisite boundary.
20:26 IST: Six! Length from James Faulkner, Amla blasts it for a maximum.
20:24 IST: Four! Inside out, Amla caresses the ball away for a boundary.
20:22 IST: Dropped!! Ravindra Jadeja puts down Amla at backward point.
20:14 IST: After three overs, Punjab stand at 13 for one.
20:13 IST: Four! Hashim Amla this time goes through the covers.
20:12 IST: Four! Straying onto the pads, Hashim Amla flicks it away for a boundary.
20:09 IST: Dhawal Kulkarni bowls brilliant first over, gives away only a single.
20:05 IST: Punjab stand at two for one, after the first over.
20:03 IST: Out! Sangwan gets a good bounce, Martin Guptill pulls, miscues, Basil Thampi takes a comfortable catch in the deep.
20:00 IST: Onto the pads, Guptill nudges the ball towards fine leg, gets off the mark -- first runs for Punjab.
19:59 IST: Pradeep Sangwan leading the bowling attack for Gujarat.
19:58 IST: Hashim Amla and Martin Guptill are opening the batting for Punjab.
19:52 IST: Playing XI for both the teams:
19:40 IST: Team changes -- For Gujarat, Brendon McCullum gets replaced by Dhawal Kulkarni comes in. For Punjab, Gurukeerat Mann comes in for Manan Vohra.
19:36 IST: Gujarat captain Suresh Raina wins toss, opts to bowl vs Punjab.
19:35 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the match between Punjab and Gujarat.
Gujarat Lions, on the other hand, are out of contention and they are struggling at the second last position. Having finished an impressive third in their inaugural season last year, it turned out to be a disappointing campaign for the Lions in 2017. The Lions are coming into the match following consecutive losses, which also includes the heartbreaking defeat against Mumbai Indians in a thrilling Super Over finish at Rajkot. Despite posting 208-7, the Lions were blown away by Rishabh Pant's sensational 43-ball 97-run innings and Sanju Samson's 61 in their last match against Delhi and they would still be reeling from the seven-wicket loss. Lions have also suffered a body blow losing their opener Brendon McCullum, who will miss the remaining matches after suffering a hamstring strain.