Highlights GL vs KKR, IPL 2017 at Rajkot, cricket scores and updates: Lynn, Gambhir setup 10-wicket win

  • Well that's it from us for this evening! Our hands certainly are hurting after all the fireworks that we witnessed this evening, and we could certainly use some rest now. 

    Time for the double-headers tomorrow, with Kings XI Punjab taking on Rising Pune Supergiant in the first encounter, which will then be followed by Royal Challengers Bangalore-Delhi Daredevils clash in Bengaluru. Double the action, and double the fun in store tomorrow! Don't forget to follow our live updates to stay tuned to the on-field events.

    Till then, I, Amit Banerjee, bid you all a very good night! 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Highest targets chased by teams without losing a wicket in T20s:
    184 by Kolkata Knight Riders v Gujarat Lions at Rajkot in 2017*
    171 by Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Renegades at Melbourne in 2015
    169 by New Zealand v Pakistan at Hamilton in 2016

  • Chris Lynn is the Man of the Match for his scintillating 93 off 41 balls, which included six fours and EIGHT sixes! 

  • Peter Miller, Cricket Writer and podcaster

    More than five overs to spare and KKR win by 10 wickets. That is just silly. No team has chased a total that high to win by 10 wickets. Lynn is an outrageous talent but he has never shown that at the IPL. This could be his year. For the Lions this is a massive loss that will shake them. They needed more runs but their bowlers have been awful today. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Highest opening stands in IPL:
    184* - GAUTAM GAMBHIR/CHRIS LYNN v GL at Rajkot in 2017
    167 - Chris Gayle/TM Dilshan v PW at Bangalore in 2013

  • After 14.5 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 184/0 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 76 , Chris Lynn 93)

    THAT'S IT! Lynn ends the chase quicker than what most would have thought, and it takes him two sixes, a four, two doubles and two wides in this over to bring up an emphatic 10-wicket victory for KKR with more than five overs left in their kitty! 

    Baz McCullum could have spoilt it for KKR in the first legal ball of the over, had he held on to the catch after Lynn sliced an attempted inside-out shot towards long-off, only to palm the ball over the rope for a six. The remainder of the over symbolised Gujarat's bowling performance in this match — listless that is. 

  • Peter Miller, Cricket Writer and podcaster

    Not enough runs, bad bowling and sub par fielding. More was expected of the Lions this year after they finished top of the league stage of last year’s tournament. Lynn has been ridiculous, Gambhir has been solid. This stand is a massive statement from KKR this early in the tournament. It is now about whether KKR can win by 10 wickets. 

  • After 14 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 162/0 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 76 , Chris Lynn 73)

    Kaushik bowls his final over, and his spell has been a forgettable one so far in the innings. Lynn smashes his sixth six in the first ball, perhaps looking to end the game as quickly as possible. Three more singles in the remainder of the over. With 22 runs left to score, Lynn could very well complete it inside an over. Time for the second timeout. 

    KKR need 22 runs off 36 balls

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Highest partnerships for KKR in IPL:
    152 - Jacques Kallis/Gautam Gambhir for 2nd wicket v RR,2011
    136 - Jacques Kallis/Manvinder Bilsa for 2nd wicket v CSK,2012

  • After 13 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 153/0 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 75 , Chris Lynn 65)

    Praveen returns for his second over, and the crowd seems to have lost its voice by now, given how their team is getting hammered in this game. The opening partnership touches the 150-mark in this over, incredible by any standard. Already is the highest-ever opening stand for KKR. Six runs off the over, including a leg-bye off the last. 

    KKR need 31 runs off 42 balls

  • Peter Miller, Cricket Writer and podcaster

    A 32nd IPL fifty for Gambhir who has been happy to watch the fireworks from Lynn at the other end. No Lions bowler has come close to taking a wicket so far and we are now heading towards the end of a game that looked to be a great fixture on paper but has ended up being very one sided. If KKR were batting first they could well have posted 220 plus. This is now the best opening stand ever for KKR. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Gautam Gambhir becomes the second captain after MS Dhoni to score 3000 runs in IPL. 

  • Peter Miller, Cricket Writer and podcaster

    As suspected, the Lions top order misfiring has meant that their weak bowling line up are struggling to defend a this total on a superb batting pitch. Lynn has reached fifty from 19 balls as an opener. This has been a brutal dismantling of the Lions bowling attack, and it is difficult to know how they fix the problems with this bowling attack going forward. They needed more runs. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    150* - The partnership between Gambhir and Lynn is now the highest opening partnership for KKR in IPL. Their previous highest was 121 between Gambhir and Uthappa v RR in 2014.

  • Peter Miller, Cricket Writer and podcaster

    As suspected, the Lions top order misfiring has meant that their weak bowling line up are struggling to defend a this total on a superb batting pitch. Lynn has reached fifty from 19 balls as an opener. This has been a brutal dismantling of the Lions bowling attack, and it is difficult to know how they fix the problems with this bowling attack going forward. They needed more runs. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most times involved in 100-plus partnerships in IPL:
    14 - Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli 
    11 - AB de Villiers, David Warner 

  • After 12 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 147/0 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 72 , Chris Lynn 62)

    More agony in store for Jakati and Gujarat, with a wide down the leg side eventually running away towards the long-stop boundary for five wides. That is followed by an inside-out strike over extra-cover by Gambhir a couple of legal deliveries later. Excellent work by McCullum at deep extra-cover in the penultimate ball to save two runs. 16 off the over, with KKR now within striking distance of victory. 

    KKR need 37 runs off 48 balls

  • After 11 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 131/0 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 64 , Chris Lynn 60)

    Gony back in the act, into his second over. Gambhir smokes him for three boundaries. Slices the third ball over extra-cover, pulls the fifth powerfully to send it racing towards the midwicket fence before uppercutting the last ball to the region between third man and backward point. 

    KKR need 53 runs off 54 balls

  • After 10 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 117/0 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 50 , Chris Lynn 60)

    Jakati from the other end, and gives away seven runs, with Gambhir getting to his half-century off the last ball. The KKR openers seem to have calmed down a little after the volley of boundaries that they had unleashed in the powerplay, though they might just be catching their breath for all you know. 

  • FIFTY for Gautam Gambhir at the end of the 10th over, and he gets there in his 33rd deliveri with a single down the ground. Hasn't quite matched Lynn in terms of fireworks, but this has been a superb innings nevertheless! 

  • After 9 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 109/0 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 46 , Chris Lynn 57)

    Kaushik into his third over, and concedes a boundary off a French cut in the very first ball, after Lynn gets an inside-edge. Just two runs in the remainder of the over. Good one for Gujarat. 

  • Bit of a breather for Gujarat with the timeout at the end of the 8th over. Let's see what tactics they come up with now.

  • After 8 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 103/0 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 45 , Chris Lynn 52)

    A desperate Raina now gets Shadab Jakati into the attack for the first time, and the fact that the over doesn't yield a single boundary is in itself quite an impressive feat, given how Lynn and Gambhir have been going hammer-and-tongs so far. KKR bring up the 100 in just 8 overs, which is the fourth-fastest team 100 in IPL history. 

  • After 7 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 96/0 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 40 , Chris Lynn 50)

    Change of bowler doesn't necessarily mean the carnage is going to stop anytime soon. Smith is introduced into the attack, and Lynn completes his level-up to God mode. Smashes three sixes with brute power, along with a boundary, leaving both Smith and Raina ashen-faced. Takes a single off the last ball to bring up his half-century. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Fastest fifties for KKR in IPL: (By balls)
    15 - Yusuf Pathan v SRH in 2014
    19 - Andre Russell v KXIP in 2015
    19 - CHRIS LYNN v GL in 2017*
    21 - Brendon McCullum v CSK in 2009 

  • FIFTY for Chris Lynn, and he gets there in just 19 deliveries! Smashes three sixes and a four off Smith in the latter's first over, before taking a single off the last ball to get to the milestone! 

  • Peter Miller, Cricket Writer and podcaster

    This has been a really poor bowling performance from the Lions so far. Bowling was always going to be their weaker suit but there have been far too made short and wide balls and these two openers are far too good to get away with that. 73 runs from the PowerPlay and this game could already be lost. 

  • After 6 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 73/0 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 40 , Chris Lynn 27)

    Kaushik into his second over, and this one truly is a nightmare, with four boundaries and four byes coming off it. Gets whacked over backward square-leg by Gambhir first ball, with the ball beating Gambhir's bat and going through Karthik's legs in the second. Kaushik remains clueless in the remainder of the over as KKR notch up an amazing 73 in the powerplay. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most times involved in 50-plus opening partnerships in IPL:
    26 - Shikhar Dhawan 
    24 - Chris Gayle 
    23 - Murali Vijay 
    22 - Brendon McCullum

  • After 5 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 53/0 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 23 , Chris Lynn 27)

    Kulkarni back into the attack, and bowls a much tighter over in this one. That is until the fifth ball, in which Gambhir smacks a slower ball over wide long-on to bring up the 50-stand with Lynn. 

  • After 4 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 46/0 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 18 , Chris Lynn 26)

    Gujarat unleash a chinaman of their own — Shivil Kaushik. Can conveniently be described as India's answer to Paul Adams. Well Gambhir greets him with a boundary nevertheless. Kaushik replies with a couple of quicker deliveries that go as dots later in the over, but is unable to stop Lynn from ending the over with a boundary — a slice over gully. 

  • After 3 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 37/0 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 13 , Chris Lynn 22)

    Manpreet Gony into the attack. Gambhir starts off with a straight drive to get his second boundary. Lynn smashes the third ball towards cow-corner, with the ball landing just inside the circle, before smoking the fourth ball for what should count among the biggest-ever sixes (or is the stadium  a tad too small?) Another massive over for KKR, with 17 coming off it, and Gony might very well get taken off the attack for now. 

  • Peter Miller, Cricket Writer and podcaster

    The Lions medium pacers are looking exposed against the hyper aggressive batting of Chris Lynn who has already smashed a towering six. Gambhir is the perfect foil for Lynn as an opener and if the Lions are going to defend this par total they need to get the Australian out sooner rather than later. There has been an argument that Lynn has struggled against spin but last summer he batted brilliantly on turning pitches in Guyana while batting in the Caribbean Premier League. He will be in Australian colours on a regular basis sooner rather than later. 

  • After 2 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 20/0 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 8 , Chris Lynn 12)

    Dhawal Kulkarni from the other end. The Mumbai medium-pacer has had a good domestic season with the ball, and will look to carry some of his form over to the IPL. Lynn smashes the first ball for a maximum over deep midwicket, with captain Gambhir getting into the boundary-gathering act by sending the ball straight down the ground. 13 off the over, and KKR have so far matched GL in terms of getting off to a quick start. 

  • After 1 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 7/0 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 2 , Chris Lynn 5)

    Gambhir and Lynn walk out at the start of the KKR innings, with Praveen Kumar bowling the first over. Three singles and a boundary off the last ball of the over, with Lynn giving an early glimpse of what he is capable of, in case there are a few guys out there who did not watch him in the previous IPL editions or in the BBL. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Chris Lynn in BBL 2016/17:

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Highest targets chased down successfully by KKR in IPL:

    200 v KXIP at Bangalore in 2014
    191 v CSK at Chennai in 2012
    189 v CSK at Centurion in 2009
    186 v RCB at Bangalore in 2016
    184 v KXIP at Kolkata in 2015

    Highest totals for Gujarat Lions in IPL:

    196/7 v RPS at Pune in 2016
    183/4 v KKR at Rajkot in 2017
    182/4 v RCB at Rajkot in 2016

  • Peter Miller, Cricket Writer and podcaster

    The Lions should be very grateful to Dinesh Karthik who has done a brilliant job at adding impetus to their innings after wickets fell at the wrong time throughout the opening stages. Karthik used classic shots along with some excellent innovation to make 47 from 25 before he holed out in the deep. Lions have made a total that looks to be bang on par on this very good batting pitch. 183-4 is enough for the Lions to be competitive, but there is a lot for their bowling attack to do to defend this.

  • After 20 overs,Gujarat Lions 183/4 ( Suresh Raina (C) 68 , Dwayne Smith 1)

    Boult for the last over. Let's see if Boult can put the expensive overs behind, and make a comeback in the final over. Leg byes to start the over with, followed by a single by Raina. Karthik carves the third ball over cover, picking the slower ball quite perfectly. Karthik shows great improvisation in the fourth delivery, executing a reverse paddle off a full, quick delivery to get his sixth boundary. Karthik tries to get his third six with a hook in the penultimate delivery, only to get caught by Suryakumar. Four off the last ball, with the captain steering it through backward point as the hosts milk 14 off the over. 

  • OUT! Karthik's brilliant knock comes to an end after his hook off a short ball from Boult goes straight to Suryakumar at wide long-on in the penultimate ball of the innings. GL 179/4. 

    Dinesh Karthik c Suryakumar b Boult 47(25)

  • After 19 overs,Gujarat Lions 169/3 ( Suresh Raina (C) 63 , Dinesh Karthik (W) 39)

    Woakes to bowl the penultimate over. Collision in the second delivery, as a ball-watching Raina floors the English pacer mid-pitch. Karthik times his slog over long-on to perfection in the third delivery, which is followed by a cut off a slower ball for a four. Raina adds further misery with a boundary off the last ball, with 16 coming off the over. Looks like Woakes just did an Ashok Dinda! 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most wickets by spinners from career's first four matches in IPL:
    11 - Adam Zampa
    9 - Shadab Jakati 
    8 - Amit Mishra, Sunil Narine, KULDEEP YADAV* 

  • After 18 overs,Gujarat Lions 153/3 ( Suresh Raina (C) 58 , Dinesh Karthik (W) 28)

    Boult into his third over, and starts off with a yorker to Raina. Fifty partnership up with a single in the very first ball. Boundary for Raina in the fourth ball, courtesy a little more luck as a Chinese cut carries all the way to the fine-leg boundary. Karthik ends the over by getting his third boundary, his finest so far which involves an inside-out shot down the ground. Raina and Karthik have put up a stand worth 61 so far, and will look to get Gujarat past the 180-mark in the last two overs. 

  • After 17 overs,Gujarat Lions 141/3 ( Suresh Raina (C) 52 , Dinesh Karthik (W) 23)

    Chawla into his final over, and much like Kuldeep, nearly gets the wicket of Raina. The skipper goes for a slog-sweep in the third ball, with the ball reaching Yusuf Pathan at backward square-leg, only for it to pop out of his hands. Second time Raina's been dropped, and he has had his fair share of luck in his innings. Also gets to his half-century in this over, which ends with Karthik smashing his first six of the innings. 

  • Peter Miller, Cricket Writer and podcaster

    Yet another Raina fifty, but he has been a bit ropey so far. When he has hit in the air it hasn’t gone to hand and he should have been run out. Four overs to go so 10 an over from here gets them to 170. That isn’t enough so someone needs to fire. Having Dwayne Smith still to come seems like a bit of a waste of such an explosive batting talent.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most fifty-plus scores in IPL:
    34 - David Warner
    31 - Gautam Gambhir
    30 - Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, SURESH RAINA*
    25 - Shikhar Dhawan, Chris Gayle, Ajinkya Rahane 
    24 - AB de Villiers 

  • FIFTY for Suresh Raina! He has survived a plenty of mis-hits along the way, but has put up a fine innings nevertheless! Gets there in 41 balls. 

  • After 16 overs,Gujarat Lions 130/3 ( Suresh Raina (C) 49 , Dinesh Karthik (W) 15)

    Kuldeep into his final over. Get he get the big wicket of Raina before signing off? Well he does create a chance in the fourth ball when Raina top-edges for the nth time, this time towards wide long-on. Bit of a mix-up between Raina and Karthik after the latter calls for a second run. Raina would have been caught well short of his crease at the striker's end, except Kuldeep mysteriously decided not to throw. Plenty of perplexed stares from all the KKR players, and one could hear 'Abbe daal!" from wicketkeeper Uthappa! 

    Kuldeep may have bowled quite well so far in the match, but ends up making his captain angry in his final over. 

  • After 15 overs,Gujarat Lions 125/3 ( Suresh Raina (C) 45 , Dinesh Karthik (W) 14)

    Karthik picks the one bad ball of the over, the fourth delivery to be precise, and sends the ball flying towards the backward point boundary like a rocket. His second boundary of the innings. Raina is approaching a captain's fifty at the other end. 

Preview: Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will look to improve their record against Gujarat Lions and start their Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign with a win when the two sides meet at the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) Stadium in Rajkot on Friday.

In 2016, KKR lost both their matches to the Lions with the Suresh Raina-captained franchise registering a comfortable six-wicket victory in Rajkot.

After restricting the Gautam Gambhir-led Knight Riders to a pedestrian 124/8 in 20 overs, the Lions just lost four wickets in their run chase with Raina leading from the front with an unbeaten 53.

At the Eden Gardens earlier last season, the Lions had won by five wickets.

Riding on a superlative league stage performance, Lions topped the points table only to return second best in both the qualifiers against Royal Challengers Bangalore and eventual champions Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Suresh Raina and Gautam Gambhir, captain of GL and KKR respectively. AFP

Suresh Raina and Gautam Gambhir, captain of GL and KKR respectively. AFP

KKR on the other hand, finished fourth in the league stage, losing to Sunrisers in the eliminator.

This season, while the Lions will look to outdo their first stint, which was by all means a successful one, KKR would pull no punches in performing better than last time where their sojourn was marked by inconsistency.

Lions have a top-heavy look to their batting lineup with the likes of Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Aaron Finch, Suresh Raina, and Dinesh Karthik expected to start.

To put things into perspective, the Lions were the only team last year to score 70 or more in the Powerplay - a feat they achieved four times.

Five of their batsmen -- Raina, Finch, McCullum, Karthik and Smith -- aggregated more than 300 runs. None of their rivals had more than three batsmen who aggregated 300 and above.

But on Friday, Lions will miss the services of West Indian T20 specialist allrounder Dwayne Bravo who is injured and man-of-the-series in the India-Australia Test series Ravindra Jadeja who is cooling his heels after a long Test season.

The Lions will pin hopes on Karthik who was the cornerstone of Tamil Nadu's success in the Vijay Hazare and Deodhar Trophy where they finished winners.

Karthik amassed 854 runs in 12 innings - the fourth-highest in a List A season in India.

He notched up match-winning centuries in both finals, in addition to four half-centuries in his last nine 50-over games.

Jadeja will be hugely missed in the initial stages. The World No 1 Test bowler -- who had poor returns of eight wickets from 40.1 overs last season -- bagged 71 wickets in 13 home Tests - the third-highest ever in a season - and scored 556 runs.

Coming to the away side, Andre Russell, who is currently serving out a one-year ban for a doping-code violation, will leave KKR dented.

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Considered "irreplaceable" by captain Gambhir, the burly West Indian allrounder scored 188 runs in 12 matches last term, more importantly scalping 15 wickets at a mean average of 19.40.

Although new recruit Rovman Powell, a vital cog in Jamaica Tallawah's title-win in the Caribbean Premier League, is portrayed as Russell's replacement, the big-hitting rookie will know he has big shoes to fill.

New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme replace Russell a few days back.

KKR's strength this time lies in the balance of the team. With the likes of England allrounder Chris Woakes and Kiwi pacer Trent Boult being roped in, and a good mix of domestic batsmen in Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey and vice-captain Suryakumar Kumar, the men in purple are expected to do well.

In Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan, currently the world's best allrounder across all formats, and spinners Sunil Narine and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav they have the arsenal to make the most of slow and low wickets especially at home. Shakib though Shakib's will him miss the opening match due to national team commitments in Sri Lanka.

The pace battery with in-form India pacer Umesh Yadav, Boult, Woakes and Powell among others, also looks better than previous seasons.

Overall, it remains to be seen which teams gets a better start to the 10th edition of the cash-rich league. For KKR, a win on the road will do their confidence a world of good.

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With inputs from IANS

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115