IPL 2017 Gujarat Lions vs Kolkata Knight Riders Highlights: Lynn-sane batting from Gambhir-Chris

Gautam Gambhir will be looking to start off IPL 2017 on a positive note registering their first ever win against Gujarat Lions

Gujarat Lions clearly miss Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo as they were finessed by Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn. Australian player Lynn scored 93 from 41 deliveries with the help of 6 fours and 8 sixes. On the other hand, Gambhir played the role of an anchor with occasional fireworks as he scored 76 from 48 balls featuring 12 fours. One should say, that was Lynn-sane batting from Kolkata Knight Riders as they did not just win the game but gave a boost to their net run rate. Great stuff from KKR!

22:59 IST Victory for KKR, a big one as they won the match by 10 wickets with 31 balls to spare

22:58 IST Dhawal Kulkarni into the attack, Lynn on strike, starts off with a wide. SIX! A low full toss, McCullum was on long-on, dropped! one of the safest hands in the business, nothing going GL’s way. FOUR! Dropped again, Lynn is playing cricket like baseball, another boundary for him. SIX! That one was flatter from Lynn, Kulkarni is being finessed by Lynn. Next ball, a wide ball from Kulkarni, he has not been able to dart that one in the block hole. A couple of runs a couple of times made sure that KKR win the match with 31 balls to spare.

22:51 IST Shivil Kaushik comes into bowl again, Lynn on strike. SIX! Another Lynn-sane shot from him, the ball goes sailing over the ropes, another maximum for him. He takes a single off the next ball. Gambhir too rotates strike, they are having it easy here. Lynn defends the next ball, no aggressive shot offered. He takes a single off the next ball towards square leg. A googly from Kaushik, dot ball to end the over.

22:47 IST Praveen Kumar comes into bowl, Gambhir on strike, too late to bring him in. Gambhir takes a single on the first ball. Lynn hits the ball straight but McCullum cuts it off, takes a single. Gambhir on strike, he stays in the crease and pulls the ball towards deep mid-wicket, a single for him. 150 up for KKR! Lynn on strike, a yorker but he digs it out towards long-on, takes a single. A slower one from Praveen, he waits and pulls the ball for a single. Another yorker, Lynn could not get bat on that, manages to take a single.

22:43 IST Lynn on strike, Jakati continues. 5 WIDES! Poor wicketkeeping from Karthik as he could not pick that one up. Lynn takes a single on the next ball. FOUR! Gambhir goes again, he goes inside out this time dancing down the wicket, not a happy sight for Raina. Gambhir takes a single towards mid-wicket. Lynn takes a single as well. Gambhir plays another inside out shot, McCullum saves the ball on the boundary, he picks up a couple of runs. A single to end the over, 16 rusn from it.

22:39 IST Manpreet Gony comes into the attack, he starts off with a dot ball as Gambhir could not time it. He hits the ball in the gap and picks up a couple of runs. FOUR! Another boundary from Gambhir, Raina is not happy at all. A dot ball from him, a golden dot we should say. FOUR! Effortless pull from Gambhir, he is just having it easy on the field. FOUR! In the air, one bounce, two bounce, over the ropes, 15 runs from the over. Gambhir on a roll.

22:33 IST Jakati continues, Gambhir on strike, he chips the ball into the gap, McCullum comes into play, he saves a boundary, a couple of runs for Gambhir. He takes a single off the next ball. Lynn on strike, he plays the ball into deep cover, picks up a couple of runs. He takes a single towards long-off. FIFTY for Gambhir! he has batted well today, leading from the front.

22:31 IST Shivil Kaushik into the attack once again, Lynn on strike, the ball takes a bottom edge and runs away for a FOUR! Nothing going GL’s way, he takes a single off the next ball. Gambhir on strike, a wrong one from him, rare dot ball. He takes a single towards point. A slog from Lynn, misses the ball completely, no run. He guides the next ball towards point, another dot ball, 6 runs from the over.

22:25 IST Shadab Jakati comes into bat, Lynn and Gambhir are knocking the ball around for singles, three runs off the over so far from three balls. Gambhir goes back into the crease now, he takes a couple of runs towards deep mid-wicket. Another couple of runs as Gambhir finds gap towards point deep point. A dot ball to finish off the over, 7 runs from it.

22:22 IST Dwayne Smith comes into bat, Lynn on strike, SIX! Right in the slot, he has dispatched that into the stands, destructive batting from Lynn. FOUR! Another shot from him, not letting Smith settle. A dot ball from Smith, he will be relieved. SIX! He plays that one towards mid-wicket boundary for a maximum. SIX! That was even more flatter from Lynn, absolute carnage from Lynn, this time straight down the ground, he takes a single off the last ball and reaches his fifty!

22:18 IST Kaushik continues, Gambhir on strike, he rocks back into the crease and hits a FOUR towards deep square leg boundary. That one missed everything, bizarre scenes at Rajkot, Karthik falls trying to stop that, another FOUR for KKR. A dot ball this time for Kaushik. FOUR! Gambhir gets on knees this time and hits the ball over mid-wicket for a boundary. FOUR! this time he uses the pace of the ball, guides it towards the third man region for a boundary. FOUR! That one took the outside edge off the bat and runs towards the boundary. 21 runs from the over.

22:13 IST Dhawal Kulkarni is back into the attack, Gambhir tries to cut the ball away but could not get bat on that, no run. Another dot ball, good stuff from Kulkarni. He takes a quick single this time, brings Lynn on strike. He plays that one in the air but could not time it, a single off that delivery. FOUR! The ball was in slot for Gambhir, he hits it over mid-wicket for a boundary, he needed a boundary in this over. Leg byes, a single for Gambhir.

22:09 IST Shivil Kaushik comes into bowl, you’ll have sore shoulders just by watching him bowl, Gambhir on strike. FOUR! that one was asking to be hit, muscled towards square leg boundary. Good comeback from him, a dot ball. He takes a single off the next ball, he would be disappointed not to get a boundary off that one. Lynn on strike, he plays that one towards point, no run. Lynn flashes blade but could not get bat on that, no run. FOUR! this time he gets bat on that, a boundary to end the over, 9 runs from it.

22:05 IST Manpreet Gony comes into bowl, Gambhir on strike, BAM! that one was slapped back past the bowler for a boundary. He takes a single off the next ball, Lynn back on strike. Wide ball! it seems like Gony is under pressure from Lynn, trying to bowl wide from him. FOUR! Lynn got that one in the slot, hits that one towards deep mid-wicket boundary. Next ball, SIX! BAMM! that one has gone miles, this one has gone into the stands. Lynn-sane shots here! Slower ball from Gony, Lynn could not get bat on that, a dot ball. Another wide ball! Gony is under immense pressure, a dot ball to end the over. 17 runs from it.

21:59 IST Dhawal Kulkarni comes into bowl, Gambhir on strike, he flicks the ball with soft hands for a single towards mid-wicket. SIX! Lynn hits that one a mile, he is not going to let these go off easily. 77 m six from him. It was a Lynn-sane six. He takes a single off the next ball towards covers.Gambhir on strike, FOUR! he hits the ball back past the bowler, another boundary from the over. He defends the next ball, no run. A single to end the over, 13 runs from it.

21:54 IST Gautam Gambhir comes into bat, Praveen Kumar to open the bowling, he takes a single off the first ball. Chris Lynn on strike, a slower one from Praveen, dot ball, he takes a single off the next ball towards mid-off. Another dot ball from Praveen, Gambhir takes a single off the next. FOUR! Lynn hits the ball for a boundary towards square leg, 7 runs from the over.

21:31 IST A boundary off the last ball takes Gujarat Lions to 183 for 4, a fighting total at Rajkot!

21:29 IST WICKET! Dinesh Karthik c Suryakumar Yadav b Trent Boult 47(25)

21:28 IST Last over from Boult, Karthik on strike, that one hit the pads, takes a single. Raina rotates the strike as he could not get underneath the ball. Karthik on strike, FOUR! that one lofted over extra cover fielder for a boundary, he is turning it on here at Rajkot. FOUR! back-to-back boundaries for him, he has played phenomenally today.

21:24 IST Woakes continues, Raina on strike, GL needs boundaries now to post a fighting total. A dot delivery to start with as it was a slower one from him. He takes a single off the next ball, brings Karthik on strike. SIX! that was in the slot, good length from Woakes, Karthik waited for it and dispatched it for a maximum. FOUR! Cut shot this time, he rocks back into the crease and hits the ball for a boundary, he is batting furiously today. Full toss, he guides it towards deep square leg for a single. Raina on strike, another cut shot and the ball races towards the boundary!

21:19 IST Trent Boult into the attack, Raina on strike, he takes a single towards backward point, Karthik on strike. A fuller delivery from Boult as Karthik could not get bat on that, a dot ball, golden at this stage of the game. Karthik flicks the ball in the air but it lands safe, just a single there. Raina on strike, wide ball from Boult FOUR! A poor delivery on the leg stump, Raina guides the ball to fine leg for a boundary. He takes a single off the next ball towards fine leg. FOUR! Karthik takes on boult, another boundary for him, 12 runs from the over.

21:14 IST Karthik takes a single on the second ball, Raina is back on strike. Dropped! it was a half chance for him but nevertheless dropped on the boundary as Raina sweeps. Karthik tries the reverse sweep, just a single for him. Raina takes a single towards mid-wicket. SIX! Karthik connects the ball in the middle of the bat, hits the ball sailing over wide on boundary.

21:11 IST Fifty for Suresh Raina! 

21:08 IST Raina on strike, Kuldeep Yadav into the attack, he takes a single on the first ball. Karthik on strike, he pulls the ball towards deep mid-wicket for a single. Raina is back on strike, he comes down the wicket but could not guide the ball past cover-point fielders, a dot ball. He goes down the ground again, chips the ball towards deep mid-wicket, big mix-up between the two, whoa! Kuldeep did not throw the ball, that would have meant Raina walking back to the pavilion. Just a single off the last two deliveries, just 5 runs from the over.

21:04 IST Sunil Narine to bowl his last over. Raina takes a single on the first ball towards mid-wicket. Haha! A weird shot from Dinesh Karthik, manages to take a single this time around. Raina on strike, he comes down the wicket, pushes the ball towards straight on for a single. FOUR! Karthik goes deep into the crease and cuts the ball just wide of the sweeper cover, second boundary for him. He takes a single off the last ball towards mid-wicket. In the air and safe, a single for Raina, 9 runs from the over.

21:00 IST Piyush Chawla comes into bowl, Raina could not pick the googly, a dot ball to start off with. Is that a six? Oh Boult, that was a lightning fast effort from him on the boundary, saves a certain six, diving in the air and throwing the ball back in play, a couple of runs off that delivery. He gets down the ground this time, the ball lands safe, a couple of runs for him. He goes down the ground again, he is safe once again, takes a single. Dinesh Karthik on strike, he takes a single towards covers. Last ball, Raina nudges the ball for a single towards mid-wicket.

20:56 IST Sunil Narine comes back into the attack, Raina takes a single towards long-on. FOUR! Karthik drives the ball towards covers for a boundary, he is getting into the groove now. Two singles to follow as Karthik-Raina look to rotate strike. Two dot deliveries from Narine to end the over, he is slowing down the flow of runs.

20:52 IST Woakes is back into the attack, starts off with two dot balls to Raina, he has been impressive so far. Raina plays a glance towards square leg, takes a single. Karthik on strike, he comes down the wicket and flicks the ball for a single towards fine leg, the fielder almost fell trying to throw that one back to the bowler. FOUR! Raina pulls the ball along the ground for a boundary, effortless shot from him. He takes a single off the last delivery, retains strike.

20:48 IST Raina on strike, he takes a single towards square, brings Dinesh Karthik on strike. He plays a dot ball followed by a single towards covers. Raina plays an unusual shot to take a single towards the third man, retains strike.

20:44 IST WICKET! Aaron Finch c Suryakumar Yadav b Kuldeep Yadav 15(8)

20:43 IST Yusuf Pathan has been introduced into the attack, Raina takes a single off the first ball. Finch on strike, SIX! He rocks back and gets underneath the ball, hits it over long-on boundary for a maximum. SIX! Finch is on fire, he plays that one over wide on, what a shot from him, back-to-back sixes from Finch. Next ball, Pathan comes round the wicket, he takes a single towards point. Raina on strike, he takes a single, brings Finch on strike. A dot ball to finish off the over, 15 runs from it.

20:39 IST Aaron Finch comes into bat, he sweeps the ball for a single towards square leg. Raina on strike, he takes a single towards mid-wicket. Whoa! that one missed the edge, could not identify the googly. He takes a single toawrds long-off. Another single off the over, a wicket and 4 runs from the over.

20:35 IST WICKET! Brendom McCullum lbw Kuldeep Yadav 35(24) Big wicket for KKR and Kuldeep Yadav, McCullum would have taken the game away had he been there for a few more overs.

20:33 IST Woakes continues, Raina on strike, he takes a single in front of square, doing the right thing bringing McCullum on strike. Slower ball from Woakes, McCullum tries to pull it but the ball did not connect with the bat. He takes a single off the next ball, good over from Woakes so far. Another slower ball, Raina manages to take a single towards mid-wicket. Wild slog from McCullum but could not time it, just a single for him towards deep mid-wicket. FOUR! Raina goes across the stumps as he guides the ball towards fine leg for a boundary.

20:28 IST Kuldeep Yadav, the ‘Wonder Boy’ into the attack. McCullum defends the first ball, it was a flighted one from Kuldeep. He takes a single on the next ball, brings Raina on strike. Raina goes on the back foot and takes a single towards point. A dot ball as the ball takes a leading edge. FOUR! McCullum stays in the crease, clears his front leg and hits the ball for a boundary. SIX! Dances down the wicket and hits the ball over long-off for a maximum. He is not sparing anyone, 12 runs from the over.

20:25 IST Chris Woakes, Andre Russell’s replacement comes into bowl, Raine on strike. FOUR! Straight drive from Raina, welcomes Woakes with a boundary. Next ball, Raina respects that one, a dot ball as he defends the ball towards mid-off. FOUR! Effortless shot from Raina, runs towards square leg boundary. He guides the ball towards square, good running as they pick up a couple of runs. In the air and safe, Kuldeep Yadav almost pulled that off, a couple of runs for him. A dot ball to end the over, 12 runs from it.

20:21 IST Narine continues, Rain on strike, he takes a single towards mid-off. Next ball, he pushes the ball towards long-on, he takes a couple of runs. FOUR! A slap towards covers, that one raced towards the boundary for four. He plays a dot ball, good comeback from Narine. FOUR! He pulls that one on back foot, he is taking the bowlers on here. Absolute carnage! A dot ball to finish off the over, 11 runs from it.

20:16 IST Suresh Raina comes into bat, he faces a dot ball and takes a single towards deep mid-wicket, brings McCullum on strike. SIX! First maximum for BAZ, that one rocketed towards deep mid-wicket boundary. He has announced himself in IPL 2017. Ooh! That one missed the edge of the bat. He guides the last ball towards point, no run.

20:12 IST WICKET! Jason Roy c Yusuf Pathan b Piyush Chawla 14(12)

20:11 IST Sunil Narine comes into bowl, a bowling change straightaway. He starts off with a dot ball, it did not turn at all. FOUR! In the air but the ball goes for a boundary, first one for McCullum. He follows that up with a dot ball. McCullum takes a single towards covers-point, brings Roy on strike. He takes a single towards long-on, no fireworks from him in this over. A dot ball to finish the over as Roy tried to play that one fine, 6 runs from the over.

20:08 IST Brendon McCullum on strike, Piyush Chawala opens the bowling from the other end. He takes a single off the first ball towards long-on. Roy back on strike, he plays a dot ball. FOUR! Reverse sweep, glorious shot from Roy, third boundary from him. That one pierced the offside field. Wide! He is feeling the pressure now. Two singles to follow from the last two deliveries, 8 runs from the over.

20:03 IST Jason Roy comes into bat, Trent Boult to bowl the first over. A dot ball to start the over, swing for Boult there. FOUR! A cracker of a shot from Roy, scores his first IPL runs for GL. Two dot deliveries to follow, good comeback from Trent Boult. FOUR! In the air, nicely chipped over offside fielders, another boundary for Roy, ends the over with a dot ball, 8 runs from the first over.

19:46 IST Playing XIs

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(w), Manish Pandey, Chris Lynn, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Woakes, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine, Trent Boult

Gujarat Lions: Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Jason Roy, Suresh Raina(c), Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik(w), Manpreet Gony, Praveen Kumar, Shadab Bashir Jakati, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shivil Koushik

19:31 IST Gautam Gambhir wins the toss and elects to field first!


19:29 IST Toss Time at Rajkot!

Welcome to inUth’s digital coverage of Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Match 3 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. GL was on the top of the IPL Standings in their debut season as they won 9 out of 14 games they played. KKR made it to the qualifiers just in time as they won 8 out of 14 matches with a net run rate enough to make it to top four.

Star newcomers under scanner:
Chris Woakes was the one overseas all-rounder KKR was hellbent to buy in IPL Player Auction 2017 instead of infamous Ben Stokes. Woakes may prove to me the best replacement for Andre Russell as he was unavailable after a two-year ban. On the other hand, England opener Jason Roy is expected to get a berth in the side, he might open alongside New Zealand fiery opener, Brendon McCullum.

Will Kuldeep Yadav make a mark?
The sensation from Dharamsala Test, young lad Kuldeep made an unforgettable debut against Australia. He will be returning in action in the shortest version of the game. He is a wicket-taking bowler and has taken 6 wickets in 3 matches in T20s so far. He can contribute down the order as well similar to Piyush Chawla. The Chinaman is almost certain to be included in the side.

Ravindra Jadeja’s absence
The No.1 Test bowler cannot be ignored in any format. His form in the recent games has proved that he could do well with both bat and ball. His absence might open the gates for KKR’s first win.

Squads:

Gujarat Lions: Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina(c), Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik(w), Ishan Kishan, James Faulkner, Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shivil Koushik, Shadab Bashir Jakati, Nathu Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Andrew Tye, Ravindra Jadeja, Pradeep Sangwan, Jaydev Shah, Manpreet Gony, Jason Roy, Munaf Patel, Chirag Suri, Akshdeep Nath, Basil Thampi, Shubham Agarwal, Tejas Baroka, Pratham Singh, Shelley Shaurya

Kolkata Knight Riders: Robin Uthappa(w), Gautam Gambhir(c), Manish Pandey, Chris Lynn, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Woakes, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Trent Boult, Kuldeep Yadav, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Rajpoot, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Darren Bravo, Rishi Dhawan, Ishank Jaggi, Sayan Ghosh, Ramsingh Sanjay Yadav, Colin de Grandhomme

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