IPL, Highlights: Hashim Amla’s ton in vain as Dwayne Smith guides Gujarat Lions to 6-wkt win over Kings XI Punjab

Glenn Maxwell-led Kings XI Punjab will look to continue their winning momentum when they face Gujarat Lions in an IPL 2017 encounter on Sunday. Get full cricket score of Kings XI Punjab vs Gujarat Lions here (SCORECARD | STREAMING | IPL 2017 COVERAGE)

23:34 hrs IST: FOUR! That’s it. GL beat KXIP by 6 wickets. And the road to playoffs gets even tougher for Glenn Maxwell’s side.

23:33 hrs IST: Dot ball. Karthik swings hard but misses. GL need 2 off 3. Are we in for a super over?

23:31 hrs IST: Jadeja works to long-on for a single. GL need 2 off 4.

23:30 hrs IST: Another WIDE from Natarajan. GL need 3 off 5.

23:29 hrs IST: WIDE! Pressure on bowler now. Needs to watch his length. GL need 4 off 5.

23:28 hrs IST: Three runs off the first ball. GL need 5 off 5.

23:27 hrs IST: Natarajan to bowl the final six balls.

23:26 hrs IST: 16 runs off the over. Has it swinged the game in GL’s favour? We’ll find it out soon. Eight required off the last over.

23:23 hrs IST: SIX! Karthik gets a top edge and it flies it over the wicket-keeper’s head. Much needed for GL. No matter how they come.

23:22 hrs IST: Aaron comes in for his final over.

23:20 hrs IST: Single off the last ball for Jadeja. First runs for him. GL need 24 off 12.

23:18 hrs IST: WICKET! Sandeep strikes again. Removes Finch cheaply. GL in some spot of bother now. Need 25 off 14.

23:15 hrs IST: OUT! Raina c Gurkeerat b Sandeep 39(25).

23:13 hrs IST: The thing that currently stands in favour of GL is that they have wickets in hand.

23:11 hrs IST: Tidy over from Aaron. Just four runs off it. GL need 28 off 18.

23:07 hrs IST: Aaron now. He’s been expensive so far.

23:04 hrs IST: SIX! Shortish length from Mohit, Raina makes room and times it extremely well over wide long-on region. GL need 32 off 24. Strategic time-out.

23:01 hrs IST: Mohit Sharma again.

22:59 hrs IST: Raina and Karthik have kept the scoreboard ticking. Just hope they don’t get out at this time. GL need 42 off 30.

22:55 hrs IST: Excellent over from Mohit. Just six runs off it. GL require 53 off 36 balls. Very much gettable.

22:52 hrs IST: This is the eighth season in which Raina has scored over 400 runs – the most by any player.

22:49 hrs IST: GL need 59 off 42. Raina 20*, Karthik 5*

22:45 hrs IST: Dinesh Karthik is the next man in. It’s his 150th IPL match.

22:43 hrs IST: OUT! The man with the golden arm – Glenn Maxwell – strikes again. Smith goes for a well-made 74(39).

22:41 hrs IST: Gujarat Lions are 114/1 after 11 overs.

22:39 hrs IST: FOUR! And with this, Suresh Raina becomes the first player to hit 4500 runs in IPL. Big achievement!

22:36 hrs IST: FOUR! Overpitched delivery from Natarajan and Raina flicks it to square leg for his first boundary. GL are 103/1 after 10 overs. Smith 67*, Raina 5*

22:33 hrs IST: WICKET! Much needed breakthrough for KXIP. Natarajan gets rid of Kishan for 29(24).

22:31 hrs IST: Natarajan comes in for his first over.

22:30 hrs IST: Another expensive over from Axar. 10 runs off it. GL are 91/9 after 9 overs. It’s getting easy for Raina’s team.

22:27 hrs IST: Two boundaries in Maxwell’s first over. Kishan has also started to free his arms. GL are 81/0 after 8 overs.

22:23 hrs IST: SIX! First of the night for Smith. And he gets to his fifty off 28 balls. GL are 69/0 after 7 overs. It’s time-out.

22:19 hrs IST: Axar Patel comes into the attack. Around the wicket.

22:17 hrs IST: GL are 58/0 after 6 overs. Smith 43*, Kishan 13*

22:11 hrs IST: FOUR! Length ball from Sandeep and he smashes it over extra cover for his 7th boundary. GL are 49/0 after 5 overs.

22:06 hrs IST: Consecutive boundaries for Smith. Looks in top form. GL are 36/0 after 4 overs.

22:03 hrs IST: Six runs off the over. GL are 23/0 after 3 overs.

22:01 hrs IST: FOUR! Touch short from Sandeep and Smith punches it away to cover. Brilliant shot!

21:59 hrs IST: Sandeep again.

21:58 hrs IST: FOUR! Half-volley from Mohit and Smith hits it hard in the gap between mid-off and extra cover. GL are 17/0 after 2 overs.

21:56 hrs IST: FOUR! Fullish delivery from Mohit, on the pads, Smith flicks it away to deep backward square leg boundary.

21:55 hrs IST: Mohit Sharma now.

21:54 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish off. GL are 7/0 after first over.

21:52 hrs IST: FOUR! Half-volley from Sandeep and Kishan just helps it to fine-leg for his first boundary.

21:50 hrs IST: Smith and Kishan to open. Sandeep to start the proceedings for KXIP.

21:49 hrs IST: Welcome back!

21:33 hrs IST: That’s it. KXIP finish on 189/3. Tough chase on the cards for Suresh Raina’s men. We’ll be back in a few minutes time.

21:30 hrs IST: SIX! And that’s century for Amla. What a way to reach the landmark! His second ton this season. What a player! His strokeplay is simply pleasing to the eyes.

21:28 hrs IST: Thampi to bowl the final over.

21:27 hrs IST: SIX! Maxwell on fire. Moves to 19. KXIP are 175/2 after 19 overs.

21:25 hrs IST: SIX! Slower delivery from Sangwan, Maxwell rocks back and pulls it into deep mid-wicket stands. Sheer power!

21:24 hrs IST: Sangwan to bowl the penultimate over.

21:23 hrs IST: Four runs off the next three balls. KXIP are 159/2 after 18 overs.

21:21 hrs IST: FOUR! Low full-toss from Faulkner and Amla times it well to the left of the fielder at long-on.

21:18 hrs IST: Two boundaries in a row from Amla. Costly from Thampi. 17 runs off it. KXIP are 150/2 after 17 overs. Can they get past 190? Amla 85*, Maxwell 2*

21:15 hrs IST: SIX! Another slower delivery, this time it’s Thampi. Amla smacks it over mid-wicket for a maximum.

21:13 hrs IST: SIX! Dhawal rolls his fingers, Amla presses forward and creams it over long-on. Gets to 70. KXIP are 133/2 after 16 overs.

21:11 hrs IST: OUT! And the brilliant 125-run partnership comes to an end. Marsh departs for 58. First wicket for Dhawal.

21:08 hrs IST: Another good over for KXIP. Nine runs off it. They are 123/1 after 15 overs.

21:06 hrs IST: FOUR! Back of a length delivery from Thampi and Marsh just helps it past the backward point for his sixth boundary.

21:04 hrs IST: KXIP are 114/1 after 14 overs. Amla 59*, Marsh 50*

21:01 hrs IST: Fifty for Marsh. His 20th in IPL. Classy innings! He needs to hang in till the end.

20:57 hrs IST: SIX! Flighted delivery from Soni and Amla lofts it over long-off for a maximum. KXIP are 109/1 after 13 overs. 190 well on the cards. Second strategic time-out.

20:55 hrs IST: Single and that’s fifty for Amla. His 4th in IPL. Another gem of an innings from him! Deserved it.

20:53 hrs IST: 45 runs in the last five overs. KXIP are 99/1 after 12 overs.

20:51 hrs IST: FOUR! Slower delivery from Faulkner, width on offer, Marsh cuts it past the backward point region.

20:49 hrs IST: Eight runs off Soni’s second. KXIP are 89/1 after 11 overs.

20:46 hrs IST: FOUR! Glenn Maxwell’s men have scored a boundary or a six in every over starting from 4th. KXIP are 81/1 after 10 overs. Amla 39*, Marsh 37*

20:43 hrs IST: Faulkner again.

20:40 hrs IST: Nine runs off Jadeja’s second. Good going from KXIP after the dismissal of Guptill. They are 72/1 after 9 overs. Strategic time-out.

20:37 hrs IST: Single off the last ball for Marsh. Moves to 26. KXIP are 63/1 after 8 overs.

20:36 hrs IST: FOUR! Full-toss from Soni and Marsh dispatches it in the gap between long-on and deep mid-wicket.

20:34 hrs IST: Leggie Ankit Soni now. Over the wicket.

20:33 hrs IST: FOUR! Short delivery from Jadeja, Marsh goes back and hammers it to deep mid-wicket boundary. Expensive over from Jadeja. 10 runs off it. KXIP are 54/1 after 7 overs.

20:31 hrs IST: Second bowling change. Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack.

20:29 hrs IST: FOUR! Slower delivery from Faulkner, Amla gets into position early and flicks it through mid-wicket for his fourth boundary. KXIP are 44/1 after 6 overs.

20:27 hrs IST: SIX! Length ball from Faulkner, Amla comes forward and lofts it over mid-off. Too good!

20:26 hrs IST: Faulkner now.

20:25 hrs IST: Single for Amla. Eight runs off Thampi’s first over. KXIP are 29/1 after 5 overs. Amla 18*, Marsh 7*

20:24 hrs IST: FOUR! Good length delivery from Thampi, Amla backs away and drives it inside out over cover.

20:23 hrs IST: Thampi has been GL’s second best bowler this season (after Andrew Tye) – with nine scalps in 10 games so far.

20:21 hrs IST: Here comes the first change in bowling – Basil Thampi

20:20 hrs IST: 18 runs in the last two overs. KXIP are 21/1 after 4 overs. They really need to accelerate.

20:17 hrs IST: GL and KKR have the joint-worst powerplay economy rate (9.30) this season.

20:15 hrs IST: Another single for Amla. Moves into double figures. Length ball from Kulkarni, he shuffles and helps it to mid-off.

20:13 hrs IST: Single off the last ball for Amla. KXIP are 13/1 after 3 overs.

20:12 hrs IST: FOUR! Consecutive boundaries for Amla. Sheer class! Can’t ask for anything better.

20:10 hrs IST: Sangwan to continue.

20:09 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish off. Another tidy over for GL. Just a run off it. KXIP are 3/1 after 2 overs.

20:07 hrs IST: In their last encounter this season, Amla’s brilliance guided KXIP to a 26-run win at Rajkot. Can he do the same tonight?

20:06 hrs IST: Dhawan Kulkarni comes into the attack. Shaun Marsh is the next man in for hosts.

20:05 hrs IST: Magnificent start from Sangwan. KXIP are 2/1 after first over.

20:03 hrs IST: OUT! Sangwan gets his first of the night. Short delivery, Guptill looks to pull it but instead gets a top edge and Basil Thampi does the rest behind square on the on-side.

20:01 hrs IST: Guptill gets off the mark. On his pads and the New Zealander works it to deep square leg for a double.

20:00 hrs IST: Guptill to take strike. Sangwan to bowl the first over for the visitors.

19:59 hrs IST: Time for live action.

19:46 hrs IST: Axar Patel has the best figures by a spinner against GL (4/21).

19:38 hrs IST: Here are the playing XI of both teams:

KXIP: Hashim Amla, Martin Guptill, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell(c), Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan

GL: Dwayne Smith, Ishan Kishan, Suresh Raina(c), Dinesh Karthik(wk), Aaron Finch, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pradeep Sangwan, Basil Thampi, Ankit Soni

19:32 hrs IST: Gujarat Lions have won the toss and have opted to bowl.

19:26 hrs IST: Suresh Raina needs just five runs to become the third batsman to score 400+ runs in IPL this season.

19:24 hrs IST: The all-important toss in a short while.

19:21 hrs IST: Wriddhiman Saha needs 29 runs to become fifth batsman from Kings XI Punjab to complete 1000 runs in IPL.

19:17 hrs IST: Sunil Narine’s blitzkrieg and ‘LynnSanity’ have put KKR on course for a big win against RCB. Get live updates here

19:15 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to HT’s live coverage of IPL 2017 game between Kings XI Punjab and Gujarat Lions.

After registering a magnificent 10-wicket win on their home turf against Delhi Daredevils, KXIP pulled off another win against bottom placed Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru on Friday. (IPL 2017 STANDINGS)

In the eight-team competition, KXIP are placed at fifth with five wins from 10 games, while GL have just three wins from 11 games with six points.

With their win against RCB, KXIP – who had reached the final of the 2014 edition – have improved their chances of making it to the playoffs.

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