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IPL 2016: Gujarat Lions beat Kings XI Punjab by 5 wickets

Updated: 11 April 2016 23:46 IST - Published: 11 April 2016 15:50 IST
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The Indian Premier League will now roll on to Bengaluru where the Royal Challengers Bengaluru will take on the Sunrisers Hyderabad. We will be with you to bring ball by ball update. Till then we call it a day. Take care and Good Night!
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Another chase and another win, Gujarat were dominant today and they pulled things back after the first 10 overs. Punjab were off like a train but then Bravo stepped in and delivered two body blows in the form of Miller and Maxwell. Punjab were always chasing the game after that.
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Aaron Finch is the player of the match." Very good to start off the tournament with a win. Bowlers were good to pull things back. Was a beautiful wicket, ball skidded on under lights. Luck is needed in Twenty20, very happy to be in this franchise."
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Suresh Raina: "Yes good feeling, we bowled really well, especially Bravo, we did a good job pulling them in. We do have a lot of captains in the dressing job. Finch batted well, credit to all the guys in the team. I was hitting the ball well, looked to get another boundary in the power play."
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David Miller, losing captain: "Not enough runs, 15 - 20 short. 180+ would have been a good total. Tough to come back after Finchie's knock. We'll look at the mistakes and try to get back next time. The first 6 overs were difficult as captain. They're still 13 games to go. It's not how you start, it's how you finish."
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First game - First win! Comprehensive from the Gujarat Lions! Raina and Brad Hodge will be thrilled by the execution of the boys. There was never really any doubt once Finch got on his way. Raina himself did well with a quick fire 20 and Dinesh Karthik took them home with a well constructed 41 off 26 deliveries.
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17.4 Mohit to Karthik, FOUR, down the track and this time connects with his pull and hits it wide of mid-wicket for a thumping boundary. That seals the deal. Excellent hand by the experienced Dinesh Karthik. He remains unbeaten.
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17.3 Mohit to Bravo, 1 run, slower short ball and Bravo once gain waits and pulls it to wide of mid-wicket.
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17.2 Mohit to Karthik, 1 run, Karthik flat bats a length ball to long on.
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Gujarat's first win ever in the IPL is just one shot away now.
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17.1 Mohit to Bravo 1 run, short ball and a controlled pull by Bravo towards square leg.
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Mohit Sharma to bowl.
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Just 7 required now. Will we see the 'Champion' finish of the game in style?
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16.6 Johnson to Karthik, FOUR, back of a length and Karthik stands his ground and punches it straight towards long off boundary. That was pristine from Karthik.
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DJ 'Champion' Bravo comes in.
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16.5 Johnson to Kishan, OUT, caught, this time he comes down the track and makes room and tries to slice it over covers, gets a top edge that goes up high into the air, and Mohit Sharma juggles and finally holds on to the catch. Not necessary, but he will only learn. Rush of blood to the head, adrenaline, call it what you will, but this will be a lesson young Kishan will remember. A couple of great shots but goes for one too many and Johson gets his man.
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16.4 Johnson to Kishan, FOUR, full ball and take that from the young boy, picked up over mid-wicket. Disdain from Kishan. Brave, brave shot by the 17 year old. Mitchell Johnson who? He is acting cool but he will be thrilled with what he's just done.
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16.3 Johnson to Kishan, no run, backs away and Johnson bowls a short ball, Kishan flays his bat but misses the ball.
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16.2 Johnson to Karthik, 1 run, overthrows from Patel gets them a single. KXIP have been slightly reckless with their throws today, it finally costs them.
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16.1 Johnson to Karthik, FOUR, charges and drives the ball uppish past mid-off and covers. DK, perhaps buoyed by the boundary by Kishan, gets into the act himself.
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Ishan Kishan is the third youngest to ever play in the IPL at 17 years old.
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15.6 Sahu to Kishan, FOUR, down the leg side and Kishan gets down and plays a paddle sweep very fine for another boundary. Good one from the youngster.. Great presence of mind.
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15.5 Sahu to Kishan, 2 runs, on the pads and flicked to wide of square leg for a brace. Risky batting this over so far, hasn't been very convincing from either batsman.
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15.4 Sahu to Kishan, no run, down the track but that hits his pads.
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15.3 Sahu to Karthik, 1 run, swept by Karthik and that lobbed to Axar Patel.
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15.2 Sahu to Karthik, no run, cut but cannot pierce the gap.
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15.1 Sahu to Kishan, 1 run, dabbed onto the on side for a quick run, a bit of a mix up there but no damage done.
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Sahu in for his final over.
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This game just added a bit of life into this game, great action from Johnson. Too little, too late?
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14.6 Johnson to Karthik, no run, on a length and Karthik dabs it quietly.
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14.5 Johnson to Karthik, no run, lovely ball, that was angled into Karthik, nasty ball and Karthik sways, It kept following him.
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Kishan will be relishing this chance to bat to one of the world's finest fast bowlers. Ishan Kishan was the India U 19 Captain for the World Cup where they lost to the West Indies in the finals. He is from Jharkhand.
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14.4 Johnson to Kishan, 1 run, that was straight and Kishan flicks it to wards mid-wicket.
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Ishan Kishan comes into bat.
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FOOTBALL? FOOTBALL! Great stuff from Johnson, kicking the ball towards the stumps, we see a lot of that lately. Reckon he would be No.1 if they had to take penalties.
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14.3 Johnson to Karthik, OUT, RUN OUT, Karthik jumped and that hit his pads and they try to sneak in a single again, Johnson rushes sticks out his boot and kicks it onto the stumps. Jadeja does not wait for the third umpire. He is yards out. Another twist maybe?
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Miller will be disappointed that Johnson, their spearhead hasn't picked up a wicket today so far. However, Johnson is just getting back into action and could warm up at the right time for KXIP.
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14.2 Johnson to Jadeja, 1 run, back of a length and dabbed to wide of mid off for a single.
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14.1 Johnson to Jadeja, 2 leg byes, full on the pads and Jadeja sprints across for a brace. He is so quick. Great running, this is a trait from Ravindra Jadeja's game, very admirable.
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The game meandering along to a finish now, the fielders look resigned to the fate. Cruise control, auto pilot, call it what you may. Mitchell Johnson back into the attack.
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13.6 Sahu to Karthik, FOUR, Karthik changes his stance and reverse sweeps a full ball on off past short third man for another four. Karthik is such a joy when he plays with his brains.
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13.5 Sahu to Jadeja, 1 run, tapped to sweeper cover for a single.
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13.4 Sahu to Jadeja, 2 runs, full ball and Jadeja looks to smash, skies it and it lands in the gap wide of long on and long off. They cross over for a brace.
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Impressive signs from Sahu for the games to come. Great temperament on display, he was taken for quite a few in his first over. But he's come back well.
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13.3 Sahu to Jadeja, no run, good ball, much tight and Jadeja defends.
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13.2 Sahu to Karthik, 1 run, full ball and driven to long off.
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13.1 Sahu to Jadeja, 1 run, full ball and Jadeja dabs it to mid-wicket. Gaining confidence in his bowling, this ball had more flight.
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Every team it seems has a leg spinner, and what a joy it is to watch leg spinners bowl. Wicket takers in every which way.
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Strategic timeout with 41 required in 7 overs. Punjab need a miracle.
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Tidy over from Mohit. Wickets are the need of the hour though.