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IPL 2016 Match 38: Gujarat Lions beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets.

Updated: 08 May 2016 23:39 IST - Published: 08 May 2016 00:11 IST
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So that is then from us here at Sportskeeda. We will be back with you tomorrow for the match between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
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Praveen Kumar is the MAN OF THE MATCH: " We had plans for every batsmen, and happy I am able to swing the ball nicely."
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Raina: "It was a very crucial game for us, a very tough team, KKR. Credits to bowlers, they took crucial wickets, I am happy with Baz and Smith. Sometimes when you have too many options you get confused. I gave the ball to Tambe and Shivil and then Jadeja and Bravo. You need to pick your best bowler to bowl the the late overs. Dinesh Karthik batted really well and Bravo is our best death bowler. Praveen and Dhawal have been doing a good job for us initially. Happy with our team's effort. When Finch is there, he has the license to go for the shots in the first seven overs."
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Gautam Gambhir: "I think the way Shakib and Yusuf batted we got a total to bowl too. We needed to bat cleverly up front, credit to Praveen and Kulkarni for keeping the pressure in the initial overs. Shakib batted well at number 3 in a earlier innings, he batted well today. The way Brendon and Dwyane started, they look to go after everything so I thought of taking the pace off. We needed to keep taking wickets to defend this kind of total. Karthik batted very well too"
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Andre Russell who gets the purple cap echoes my sentiments, he says they needed a score in excess of 180 on this surface.
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For KKR, this was just an off day, and they will not be entirely hassled, they needed few more runs on the board.
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A total of 165 was always going to below par, and Gujarat chased it down without breaking a sweat in the end. McCullum and Smith got off to a decent start, and Karthik and Finch applied the finishing touches. They now lead the table.
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17.6 Chawla to Jadeja, SIX! GL WIN! Jadeja decides to shelve the plan of taking a single altogether, gets down on one knee and slog sweeps it right into the mid-wicket fence. They win by five wickets!
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17.5 Chawla to Jadeja, no run, pushes it to short third man for no run.
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17.4 Chawla to Jadeja, FINCH OUT! Anti-climax! Jadeja works the ball to the leg, and Finch was off for the winning runs. Jadeja is still rooted to the crease and Finch is halfway down. Midwicket runs in and whips the bails off.
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17.3 Chawla to Jadeja, no run, rocks back and defends it back to the bowler.
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17.2 Chawla to Jadeja, 2 runs, turns in again, Jadeja flicks it to deep midwicket and pushes for two.
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17.1 Chawla to Jadeja, no run, turns in after pitching, hits him high on the pads.
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16.6 Hogg to Jadeja, 1 run, fuller and flighted, gets an inside edge and rolls to mid wicket.
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16.5 Hogg to Jadeja, no run, turns on length after pitching, he nudges it to the side of the pitch.
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16.4 Hogg to Jadeja, no run, defends the ball back to the bowler.
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Jadeja...
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16.3 Hogg to Karthik, OUT! Uthappa doesnt miss it this time, the wrong 'un undoes Karthik. It was pitched back of length, he dances forward and misses completely. Uthappa whips off the bails.
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16.2 Hogg to Karthik, MISSED CHANCE, down the track and wants to slog it over cover, misses the ball, edged it and Uthappa cannot hold on to the catch!
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16.1 Hogg to Karthik, FOUR! Shuffles across, and sweeps it past a diving Russell at long leg. Walks across and then unleashes a powerful sweep shot, and once that hits this practice pitches it scoots off, even Russell cannot haul it in. 50 up!
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Bradley Hogg!
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Time-out. What will KKR come up with. Isn't it too late.
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15.6 Chawla to Finch, no run, makes room again, hits the length ball straight to cover.
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15.5 Chawla to Finch, SIX! Loopy delivery, sits on one knee and slog sweeps it. He has owned Chawla this over and this shot has put the icing on the cake, muscled it this time. He has looked in the zone ever since he came out. SENSATIONAL
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15.4 Chawla to Finch, FOUR! Makes room outside off and middles it, it races to the cover fence. There comes the placement again, the drive scorches the outfield, leaves a trace behind.
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15.3 Chawla to Finch, FOUR! Length ball on off, Finch gets down on one knee and helps it to fine leg fence. Now there is finesse from Finch, playing the field so very well. So very impressive.
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15.2 Chawla to Karthik, 1 run, shortish on off, Karthik back away and hits it to sweeper cover.
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15.1 Chawla to Finch, 1 run, turning towards leg, Finch works it to square leg.
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15 runs looted in that over, Gujarat romping home now.
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14.6 Shakib to Finch, 1 run, drives a length ball to widish long off to retain strike.
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14.5 Shakib to Karthik, 1 run, shorter this time, rocks back and hits it to sweeper cover.
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14.4 Shakib to Finch, 1 run, pushes the ball outside off to mid off.
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14.3 Shakib to Finch, SIX. Full ball on off, Finch drives it so gracefully over deep extra cover. That sailed after hitting the bat. Finch backs away a touch, and then lifts that ball with grace and power clean over deep extra cover.
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14.2 Shakib to Finch, 2 run, fuller this time, misfield at short cover, as the fielder dives but cannot control the ball. A brace accrues.
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14.1 Shakib to Finch, FOUR! Short ball outside off, he rocks back and strikes it to cover. Power, timing and placement, Finch is loving it at this new position.
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Karthik doing it all on his own. Shakib back!
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13.6 Russell to Karthik, FOUR! Waits on that slower bouncer which had width, and hits it to the right of a running third man for four. Unlike Raina, Karthik has been so secure with the short ball, effortlessly guides it past third man, all touch and grace. He is in command today.
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Finch in!
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13.5 Russell to Raina, OUT! That was a well directed bouncer at Raina, who goes for the pull. The ball sails up in the air but falls right in the hands of Hogg at fine-leg. Bouncer undoing Raina again.
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13.4 Russell to Karthik, 1 run, DROPPED! That was angling way down leg, Karthik tries to help it to fine leg. Angled down leg, Karthik wanted to pull that past Karthik, and Uthappa dives, gets his gloves but cannot latch on to the catch.
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13.3 Russell to Karthik, no run, back of length that rises on pitching, Karthik defends it back to the bowler.
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13.2 Russell to Karthik, FOUR! Slower bouncer, waits for it and pulls it handsomely past a diving Morkel at long leg. Karthik has been very severe on anything short and once again waits for the ball, Morkel does all the hard work but the ball still goes across.
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13.1 Russell to Karthik, no run, angling down the leg side, hits his pads and the ball dies next to the pitch.
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12.6 Morkel to Raina, no run, back of length and rising, Raina jumps and defends it right back to the bowler.
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12.5 Morkel to Karthik, 1 run, tries to ramp a length ball, gets a thick outside edge and the ball somehow travels to third man.
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12.4 Morkel to Karthik, FOUR! He waited for the ball on the off stick and guides it to third man. Delectable from DK, waits for the ball and then just opens the bat at the last moment, very deft and very effective.
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12.3 Morkel to Raina, 1 run, back of length on his body, flicks it to deep square leg to change ends. Getting very predictable, Raina sat back and then flicked/pulled it, was under control.
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12.2 Morkel to Karthik, 1 run, dabs at a length ball on the off and plays it softly wide of the keeper.