Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) moved up the ladder in the IPL 2017 Points Table with their third victory in seven matches, defeating Gujarat Lions (GL) by 26 runs in the Match No. 26 on the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 10. Having set a daunting target of 189, KXIP bowlers did a fine job of restricting Gujarat Lions to a mere 162 for 7, with Sandeep Sharma, KC Cariappa and Akshar Patel claiming 2 wickets each. Earlier in the day, Hashim Amla scored a 40-ball 65 to assist KXIP to a strong total of 188 for 7. Let us take a look at the highlights from the first clash on Sunday. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), IPL 2017, Match 26 at Rajkot
Brendon McCullum’s day to forget: One of the in-form cricketers for Gujarat Lions (GL) in their wretched run so far in IPL 2017, Brendon McCullum had a day to forget. On what was a rare occurrence, the ball slipped under McCullum’s hands and passed through him all the way to the boundary. Hashim Amla would not have expected to get more than a single when he hit a Basil Thampi delivery towards mid-off, but McCullum did not bend properly and made an error. The fielder was quick to apologise to the bowler as well as his team.
During Gujarat Lions’ chase, McCullum made a positive start when he brought out a late-cut off the first ball of the innings from Sandeep Sharma. McCullum, who had scored 49, 64, 72 and 33 in the last four games, had high hopes pinned on him. But another mistake in the field cost him dearly, as McCullum missed a full toss from the KXIP bowler and was adjudged out leg-before for a mere 6.
Dinesh Karthik’s record: Karthik claimed an acrobatic catch early in Kings XI Punjab’s innings to help his team make early inroad. Karthik timed his dive to perfection and got rid of Manan Vohra, thus completing his 100th dismissal in IPL. Karthik has now become the first wicketkeeper ever to have affected 100 dismissals in IPL history. The 31-year-old cricketer has 74 catches and 26 stumpings to his name.
Hashim Amla’s sublime form: It appeared as if Amla was still at Indore, wherein he had scored his maiden IPL century a few nights ago. Starting with two boundaries in the first over, there was no stopping Amla, who looked set for yet another century. He brought up his 50 in a mere 30 balls, and played strokes all around the park proving his technical superiority. However, he fell to Gujarat Lions’ debutant Shubham Agarwal for a 40-ball 65, studded with 9 boundaries and 2 sixes.
Glenn Maxwell the man possessed: Whether it was his conscious effort to make up for the toothless bowling show his side has produced in the last two matches or not, but Maxwell looked in a hurry to get as many runs possible. Maxwell showed urgency right from the start, and it looked as if KXIP were chasing a huge total, and not batting first. Maxwell once again fell having not scored a fifty, as he looked set to be notching up one against GL.
Bapu’s show: Akshar Patel’s quickfire 34 towards the end of KXIP’s innings powered his team to a strong total of 188 for 7 in their 20 overs. In fact, he was the only batsmen to have garnered late but crucial runs for KXIP. Akshar also accounted for the big wicket in the opposition camp, getting Suresh Raina caught by Maxwell to claim his 50th wicket in IPL.
KC Cariappa comes close to a hat-trick: The leg-break bowler came quite close to taking the third hat-trick of the IPL 10 season when he claimed the wickets of Ravindra Jadeja and Akshdeep Nath. On the hat-trick ball, Cariappa bowled a carom ball which passed close to Andrew Tye’s outside edge.
Karthik, the lone ranger: Karthik has been one of the best batsmen for each of the sides he has played for in the recent times in Indian domestic circuit. He has scored heaps of runs, and Karthik once again proved his mettle with a 44-ball 58 not out, which in a way averted a big defeat for Gujarat Lions in a game where the rest of the batsmen flopped. He ran out of partners towards the end, which also hampered Gujarat’s chances of launching a late attack.