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IPL 2016 KXIP vs Gujarat Lions as it happened: Finch fifty, Karthik blitz guide Lions to five-wicket win

Gujarat Lions will hope to get off to a winning start in their debut Indian Premier League (IPL) season when they take on a Kings XI Punjab outfit eager to shake off a disappointing 2015 campaign at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on Monday.

Amit Banerjee April 12, 2016 08:59:13 IST
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IPL 2016 KXIP vs Gujarat Lions as it happened: Finch fifty, Karthik blitz guide Lions to five-wicket win

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Apr 11, 2016 - 23:42 (IST)

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Raina (Gujarat captain): Bravo, Faulkner Jadeja bowled really well! I think Finch batted really well. I think the wicket was a really good one. I was hitting the ball really well. Was a very good game for us. We look forward to the next one.

Apr 11, 2016 - 23:34 (IST)

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Apr 11, 2016 - 23:30 (IST)

David Miller, KXIP captain: Obviously not enough runs on the board. Looking forward to the next game. Had no idea what was going on in the first six overs. No not at all (when asked if he is worried about KXIP's losing trend).

Apr 11, 2016 - 23:28 (IST)

Apr 11, 2016 - 23:28 (IST)

FOUR! Dinesh Karthik hits the winning boundary towards midwicket as Gujarat Lions win by five wickets with 14 balls to spare! KXIP have now lost nine out of their last 10 matches on the trot! 

Apr 11, 2016 - 23:25 (IST)

After 17 overs,Gujarat Lions 155/5 ( Dinesh Karthik (W) 36 , Dwayne Bravo 0)

FOUR! Kishan gets his first boundary with a sweep towards fine-leg, that too when he was cramped for room along his left. Johnson into his final over, and Karthik charges down the pitch to drive him over extra-cover for a much-needed boundary! FOUR! Kishan is batting with supreme confidence right now, as he takes on Mitchell Johnson by launching him over midwicket for his 2nd boundary! OUT! Johnson hits back in the following delivery for Gujarat Lions losing their fifth wicket with 151 on board. FOUR! Karthik keeps the offensive going despite the dismissal, punching the length delivery from Johnson in his final delivery of the match down the ground. 

Apr 11, 2016 - 23:22 (IST)

OUT! Kishan c Mohit b Johnson 11(8); GL 151/5; Johnson manages to get back at Kishan after getting launched over midwicket! Half-volley outside off, and Kishan gets an outside edge while attempting to go for the maximum. Mohit fumbles for a bit while collecting the catch at short third-man. 

Mohali: Gujarat Lions will hope to get off to a winning start in their debut Indian Premier League (IPL) season when they take on a Kings XI Punjab outfit eager to shake off a disappointing 2015 campaign at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on Monday.

Gujarat have entered the IPL along with Rising Pune Supergiants as replacement for the two suspended franchises Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. Pune started their campaign on a resounding note with a nine-wicket win over defending champions Mumbai Indians in the inaugural match of of the ninth IPL season.

The IPL newcomers Gujarat Lions have a number of big hitters in their squad, including the likes of skipper Suresh Raina, Brendon McCullum, James Faulkner, and Aaron Finch. They also have excellent all-rounders in Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja, apart from Faulkner.

IPL 2016 KXIP vs Gujarat Lions as it happened Finch fifty Karthik blitz guide Lions to fivewicket win

Murali Vijay in action against Gujarat Lions. BCCI

The Lions' bowling also wears a strong look with South African veteran Dale Steyn as the main star. Steyn will be expected to lead the pace atack along with the Australian duo of Faulkner and Andrew Tye. Pravin Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan and Akshdeep Nath are the other pacers in the side.

Punjab, on the other hand, will be hoping to recover from a poor 2015 IPL season when they finished at the bottom of the points table despite boasting a promising line-up.

This season, Punjab will be without the services of explosive opener Virender Sehwag and former skipper George Bailey. While Sehwag announced his retirement late last year, Bailey went unsold at the auction this year.

In the absence of the star duo, Glenn Maxwell is expected to be the batting mainstay. The hard-hitting Australian was one of the leading stars of the 2014 campaign when Punjab reached the final. Maxwell endured an extended run of poor form last season and will be keen to make amends this year.

Punjab captain David Miller, Murali Vijay and Wriddhiman Saha were in good knick in the 2015 IPL and will be expected to come up with major contributions this time as well. Experienced Australian left-hander Shaun Marsh is also among the options in the batting department.

They also have a couple of talented all-rounders in Farhaan Behardien and Marcus Stoinis.

Kings XI have bolstered their bowling with the addition of experienced South African pacer Kyle Abbott and promising Indian medium-pacer Mohit Sharma. Abbott during South Africa's tour to the sub-continent late last year has shown that he can be a handful in Indian conditions. Sharma was a revelation at the 50-over World Cup in Australia last year and carried his good form into the IPL where he claimed 14 wickets.

Veteran Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson will probably be used as an opening pacer along with Abbott. The 34-year-old Australian has not played competitive cricket since his international retirement last November. It remains to be seen whether he will be able to get into his groove quickly and play an effective role as the leader of the pace attack.

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