Gujarat Lions suffered a 26-run defeat at the hands of Kings XI Punjab to lose their fifth match of the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League at the Saurashtra Cricket Stadium in Rajkot on Sunday.
Chasing a stiff target of 189, the Lions were right in the chase when skipper Suresh Raina was at the crease for the hosts. After Brendon McCullum's early dismissal, Raina first steadied the innings with Aaron Finch and then the southpaw, alongwith Dinesh Karthik, issued a fightback following the dismissal of the Aussie.
The skipper also hit four boundaries during his stay at the crease and kept the required rate under check at 8 runs per over. But Axar Patel cut short Raina's innings while batting at 32 and it was made possible only because of a great flying effort by Glenn Maxwell at the deep mid-wicket boundary.
Following Raina's dismissal, the Lions lost their way a bit and from 70/3, they were reduced to 102/6 in no time. The wicket fell in heap and boundary became hard to come by as the Punjab bowler were successful in increasing the required run-rate and pile pressure on Gujarat.
Eventually, GL fell short by 26 runs and it was evident they missed the role of an anchorman to guide them out of trouble during the middle overs.