KXIP v KKR player of the match: Axar Patel

In IPL Cricket, Gujarat Lions beat Kings Eleven Punjab by six wickets in Mohali.

Dwayne Smith's power-packed 74 off 39 balls gave their chase a rollicking start and threw Kings XI's plans off track. Saha, at the other end, rotated strike hitting a boundary whenever a loose ball came his way. Axar too did his bit, chipping in with quiet overs as the visitors failed to find a boundary for more than six overs.

The only sliver lining for the KXIP is their South African import and their batting mainstay Hashim Amla, who already has 400-plus runs under his belt including two centuries against MI & GL.

Maxwell went on to make an unbeaten 20 as the Kings XI finished on 189/3 off their 20 overs.

The win has kept Kings XI's hopes alive in the tournament and KKR will now have to win its final game against Mumbai at home to be sure of a berth in the final four. Punjab added to their own woes, when David Miller and Gurkeerat Singh dropped Smith, in the sixth and eighth over respectively. This is the most important match for KXIP as losing this match will kick-out their Playoff chance.

Smith brought up his half-century with a six off Axar Patel in the final delivery of the seventh over.

"Sandy (Sandeep Sharma) and Mohit (Sharma) bowled brilliantly in between, but me and DK rotated the strike really well".

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Martin Guptill was trapped lbw by Narine off a straight delivery.

Despite posting 208-7, the Lions were blown away by Rishabh Pant's sensational 43-ball 97-run innings and Sanju Samson's 61 in their last match against Delhi and they would still be reeling from the seven-wicket loss.

In the end, Dinesh Karthik and Suresh Raina took Gujarat over the finish line.

Then Chris Lynn, who diagnosed himself "not 100 per cent fit" before the game, took on the risky Punjab spearhead bowler Sandeep Sharma and hit him for three fours in the first over to take the fight to the opposition.

Kings XI Punjab were given a glimmer of hope by leg-spinner Rahul Tewatia. Guptill perished one over later, and Shaun Marsh was clean bowled through the gate by a Chris Woakes inswinger. In his second over, Tewatia struck gold.

They achieved the target with 29 balls to spare on the back of Sunil Narine's (54 off 17 balls) record joint fastest IPL fifty - from 15 balls - and an equally aggressive knock from Chris Lynn (50 off 22 balls).

Bu Amla continued his onslaught and cleared Kulkarni over the long-on for his third six of the match.

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