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IPL 2016: Kings XI Punjab beat Gujarat Lions by 23 runs.

Updated: 01 May 2016 20:08 IST - Published: 01 May 2016 14:54 IST
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The man of the match is Axar Patel for his magnificent bowling, taking 4 wickets for 21 runs.
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At the halfway stage in this game, it looked as if Gujarat would hunt this target down. But it wasn't to be as the change in captaincy did work for Punjab this evening. Axar Patel picked up 4 wickets with a hat-trick, while Mohit Sharma picked up three wickets, including the wicket of McCullum. It was a complete performance by the Kings XI in the field, and they have earned this victory!
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19.6 Sandeep Sharma to Kulkarni, 2 runs, full and outside off, driven to deep extra cover. The KINGS XI PUNJAB win by 23 runs!
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19.5 Sandeep Sharma to Kulkarni, 2 runs, full and wide, plays the cut shot to the deep.
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19.4 Sandeep Sharma to Kulkarni, 2 runs, plays the uppercut smartly, well fielded in the deep to prevent a boundary.
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19.3 Sandeep Sharma to Kulkarni, no run, played to long off and decided not to take the single.
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Perhaps this wicket would make this a rapid fire T20 match instead of a timeless Test that it has become now. Or does Vijay have plans for Kaushik as well?
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19.2 Sandeep Sharma to Faulkner, OUT! Low full toss, Faulkner gets down and smashes it in the air, is caught gratefully by David Miller at long on. That's the game.
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19.1 Sandeep Sharma to Faulkner, no run, full and straight, smashed to long on. Simple equation now. They need 5 sixes in 5 balls.
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Dhawal Kulkarni walks out to bat! Sandeep Sharma to bowl the last over. 30 runs are needed off it.
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Sharma finishes with 3 wickets to his name. Excellent bowling by him tonight!
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18.6 Mohit Sharma to Praveen Kumar, OUT! Back of a length, straight, Praveen opens the face of the bat and guides it expertly straight to the fielder at short third man.
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18.5 Mohit Sharma to Praveen Kumar, no run, bouncer, down the track, wild heave and misses it.
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18.4 Mohit Sharma to Praveen Kumar, 2 runs, down the track and plays a pull, again flies in the air and lands near mid on.
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18.3 Mohit Sharma to Praveen Kumar, FOUR! Down the track, slaps the ball, gets an edge and the ball skies past short third man, Cariappa tries to take a catch there but fails, and the ball rolls to the boundary.
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18.2 Mohit Sharma to Praveen Kumar, no run, down the track and attempts to pull it away, completely misses.
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18.1 Mohit Sharma to Faulkner, 1 run, slower ball, full, swept away towards square leg. They can't cross for the second.
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This game has been so close to being one of those timeless Tests of the era gone by!
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Mohit Sharma to bowl the penultimate over.
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12 runs off the 18th over as well. 37 needed off 12. Can Gujarat still do it?
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17.6 Marcus Stoinis to Faulkner, 1 byes, wild heave but he misses the ball that was full and outside off, Saha doesn't collect which lets them cross. Crucially, Faulker remains on strike.
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17.5 Marcus Stoinis to Praveen Kumar, 1 run, on the pads, lifted towards deep fine leg.
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17.4 Marcus Stoinis to Praveen Kumar, FOUR, full toss, Praveen backs away and plays a cheeky shot opening the face of his bat and beats Saha behind the stumps. Very nice.
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17.3 Marcus Stoinis to Faulkner, 1 run, short ball outside off, smashed towards long on.
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