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Indian Premier League 2017: KKR 184/0 (14.5 ov), won by 10 wickets


Gujarat Lions and Kolkata  Knight Riders are studded with big hitting batsmen, for the first time both the team are colliding with each other in Rajkot. It will be the third match between the two teams. Gujarat Lions (GL) have a perfect record 2-0 win-loss record against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Gujarat Lions, who topped the points table with 18 points from nine matches on debut last year, take on two- time Indian Premier League champions Kolkata Knight Riders in their first match of IPL 2017 at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.

Both teams will miss a few key players. While the Lions will miss Indian superstar Ravindra Jadeja and the injured Dwayne Bravo, Kolkata will need two quality all-rounders to fill in for Andre Russell (banned for a doping offence) and Shakib Al Hasan (on duty for Bangladesh).

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KKR lost both their games against GL last season. What a way to correct that. Phew, some hitting that from Lynn. Watch out for those hashtags in this IPL. That’s it from us. Double-header day tomorrow so make sure to join us for all the madness. I am Sagar Chawla and on behalf of Akshay Maanay, Raju Peethala, Kumar Abhisekh Das, Pradeep and our scorer Naga, it’s a goodbye!

With records tumbling, we had to get plenty of stats. Here are a few..

This partnership is now KKR’s record first wicket partnership ever – surpassing the 121 between Uthappa & Gambhir v RR in 2014.

Lynn records the 2nd joint fastest individual fifty for KKR. Yusuf has a 15-ball fifty against SRH while Russell scored a 19-ball fifty versus KXIP.

KKR now hold 4th fastest team hundred in the history of IPL.

That is KKR’s first ever 10-wicket win in the IPL. It is the highest total chased down without losing a wicket in all T20s.

First win for KKR against GL. It is the third time these two teams have met.

Lynn: That was my role and I’m comfortable with my role. One good innings doesn’t make a summer. Hopefully I keep it going. If I can continue this momentum, I’d be very pleased. Yes I think so (whether he likes opening), with the ball coming on. I’m happy just to rotate the strike to Gauti when the spinners are on. Really nice wicket. All the grounds now are producing good flat wickets for the batters.

Chris Lynn is Man of the Match

Gambhir: You can’t ask for more. The way Lynn started took a lot of pressure off me. Credit to the bowlers too. To restrict a batting line-up like Gujarat under 200 was fabulous. It’s a luxury for any captain to have such spinners. As I said, we all know what Lynn can do. We have to give him a longer run. Hopefully he can continue his form like this and keep smacking it. If we see the last 2 games, it was the dropped catches which cost the game. We need to be proactive. There’s always room for improvement. Lynn can take on any fast bowlers and we don’t want him to take any risks against spinners. Rest of us can do that. That’s basically our game plan. It’s about starting off well because you don’t want to be under pressure in the business end. Just one day to recover now before a big game against Mumbai.

Raina: 180 was a good total. We didn’t bowl well in the first six overs. The lack of experience showed in our bowling. I thought the wicket would get slow, but it remained the same. The bowlers need to learn from here if we have to win. Definitely we miss Jadeja. He’s the number one bowler in the world. Dinesh (Karthik) had a good partnership and continued his domestic form. Even Roy and McCullum were good at the top. We have a great batting line-up. We need to learn and improve our bowling.

4.4 D Kulkarni to Chris Lynn, 1 run, to mid wicket

4.3 D Kulkarni to Gambhir, 1 run, rises on his toes, angles the bat face and pinches a single in front of backward point

4.2 D Kulkarni to Gambhir, no run, in the channel outside off, Gambhir blunts it down back towards the bowler

4.1 D Kulkarni to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir curses himself after missing out on this away swinger, gone with the angle assisted with a bit of seam movement. No dice

Dhawal Kulkarni [1.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack

3.6 Shivil to Chris Lynn, FOUR, too much width gestures Raina as soon as he saw the ball flying over backward point. Tad short and Lynn pounced on the width on offer, slices the cut and gets four

3.5 Shivil to Chris Lynn, no run, much faster this time, Lynn slashes and finds nothing

3.4 Shivil to Chris Lynn, no run, flat and wide, driven firmly, straight to cover

3.3 Shivil to Gambhir, 1 run, an encore of first delivery of the over, Gambhir repeats the same dose. This time, though, he got it closer towards the fielder, PK at backward square dives and keeps it down to a single

3.2 Shivil to Gambhir, no run, opens the bat face and looks to guide it past short third man, can’t find the gap

2.6 Gony to Chris Lynn, wide, dug in short, off-pace, well above and down leg

2.5 Gony to Chris Lynn, no run, change of pace, Lynn doesn’t pick it, the ball sneaks past his cross-bat smear

2.4 Gony to Chris Lynn, SIX, boy, has he nailed it! You bet. 95-metre smite. Gony serves length and gets smoked for a maximum over long-off

2.3 Gony to Chris Lynn, FOUR, Chris Lynn and his golf hits I tellya. This isn’t off the middle, but that bottom hand power and the baseball swing takes it the distance, just one bounce and over the long-on ropes

Uthappa and Gambhir opened successfully for three consecutive seasons. Now, Lynn has been promoted to open at the expense of Uthappa. Right call? Fire in your replies. The good ones will be up on the site.

2.3 Gony to Chris Lynn, wide, slower ball, gets the radar wrong, sprays it well wide of off-stump

2.2 Gony to Gambhir, 1 run, clever batting. Hops in his crease, drops the ball into the leg-side and scampers for a quick single, easily done

2.1 Gony to Gambhir, FOUR, that’s spanked! The open stance helps him figure the line and length quickly, uses all his might to smash it straight down the ground

1.3 D Kulkarni to Chris Lynn, 1 run, corrects his length and line, keeps it straight, Lynn stays leg-side of the delivery and drives firmly to mid-off

1.2 D Kulkarni to Chris Lynn, SIX, that’s the Chris Lynn we saw in BBL. Full-blooded swing, clears his front leg, picks the length early and goes bang over mid-wicket

1.1 D Kulkarni to Gambhir, 1 run, length ball, might have stopped a bit on the batsman, Gambhir chips it in the air with a slightly closed bat face, lands safe in front of mid-wicket

0.6 P Kumar to Chris Lynn, FOUR, just goes through with a wild slog across the line, no timing whatsoever. All power. To Lynn’s delight, it went in the gap behind the square leg umpire. First boundary for KKR

0.5 P Kumar to Gambhir, 1 run, decks back in, fullish length, Gambhir’s laden-footed drive goes to fine leg, off the inside edge

0.4 P Kumar to Gambhir, no run, pace is up, there is plenty of swing on offer, the keeper and slip went up, but PK appealed half-heartedly. Lands on a good length and gets it to nip away from the poking blade of Gautam Gambhir

0.3 P Kumar to Chris Lynn, 1 run, wields his willow flat-footed on seeing the width, strokes it to the left of mid-off where B-Mac dives to save a certain boundary

0.2 P Kumar to Chris Lynn, no run, this one straightens around off, rises a bit more than Lynn expected and hits him high on the bat

0.1 P Kumar to Gambhir, 1 run, swung in from a good length, when it’s on the pads the batsman will be quite happy to glance it away to fine leg, GG isn’t any different. Off the mark with a single

Gambhir and Chris Lynn are at the crease. Gambhir is on strike. P Kumar will open the attack

Back again! Gujarat Lions gather to form a huddle as KKR openers walk out, GG is out with Chris Lynn. PK will open the bowling. One slip


Boult to Raina, FOUR


Boult to Karthik, OUT

KD Karthik c Yadav b Boult 47 (25b 6×4 2×6) SR: 188.00


Boult to Karthik, FOUR


Boult to Karthik, FOUR, slower ball outside off, 111ks, Karthik picked it, waited for it to arrive and then gloriously lofted the offcutter over extra cover, who had come in before this over


Boult to Raina, 1 run, Raina moves away outside leg, Boult follows him with a full-toss, which is driven to the right of the bowler


Boult to Karthik, 1 leg bye, shimmies out, misses the flick against a full-toss, hits the pad and rolls square


Woakes to Raina, FOUR, backward point it up and third man is up. Poor ball. Short and attached with a lot of width outside off, Raina now flays it away in the gap between the two men behind square


Woakes to Karthik, 1 run, errs in length and gets away. Full-toss on middle and leg, swiped to only deep square leg


Woakes to Karthik, FOUR, Woakes misses his length and line. Short and wide outside off – possibly a slower ball – Karthik picks it up and flays it over backward point


Woakes to Karthik, SIX, good length and outside off, right in the slot, Karthik presses forward and hoists it powerfully over long-on


Woakes to Raina, 1 run, Mid-pitch collision. Raina, ball-watching, rams into Woakes. The bowler is down. He gets up and shares a laugh with Raina. This was short and wide outside off, scythed to point


Woakes to Raina, no run, looks like a slower offcutter outside off, bounces, Raina swings early and misses


Boult to Karthik, FOUR


Boult to Raina, 1 run


Boult to Raina, FOUR, Boult has bowled an excellent ball but it rolls down to the fine leg boundary. Inswinging yorker, inside-edged away


Boult to Raina, 1 wide, very full and sliding down leg, past the glance, wide


Boult to Karthik, 1 run, Karthik hares down the track, takes a full-toss, and chips it. The ball lands in the middle of advancing deep midwicket and wide long-on


Boult to Karthik, no run, near yorker outside off, Karthik swishes and misses

This is the first time Raina has scored a fifty in his first match of an IPL season


Boult to Raina, 1 run, Raina moves away outside leg, this is a yorker following him, hint of inswing. Jabbed to cover


Chawla to Karthik, SIX, seam-up ball, 111ks, Karthik does not care. He eyes up a big mow and launches the ball over midwicket


Chawla to Raina, 1 run, full on the stumps, whipped to deep midwicket


Chawla to Karthik, 1 run, Karthik attempts a reverse sweep, gets a tickle onto it as the ball rolls to third man


Chawla to Raina, 1 run, Dropped by Yusuf! Raina is living a charmed life. Yusuf runs to his left from deep midwicket, makes a mess of the reverse cup, and drops a regulation catch. Tossed up on the pads, Raina skies a slog sweep


Chawla to Karthik, 1 run, length-ball legbreak outside off, steered through cover


Chawla to Raina, 1 run, seam-up, short ball on off, 113ks, Raina whips it towards deep midwicket and brings up a half-century


Kuldeep Yadav to Raina, 1 run


Kuldeep Yadav to Raina, no run


Kuldeep Yadav to Raina, 2 runs


Kuldeep Yadav to Raina, no run


Kuldeep Yadav to Karthik, 1 run, dragged short on middle, pulled powerfully on the back foot to deep midwicket


Kuldeep Yadav to Raina, 1 run, down the track, gets too close to the pitch, and drives a single to long-on


Narine to Raina, 1 run


Narine to Karthik, 1 run, full on middle and leg, driven down to wide long-on with the wrists


Narine to Karthik, FOUR, this is drummed away to the left of sweeper cover. It was a bad length, though. Short and wide outside off, Karthik rocks back and unleashes a rasping square cut


Narine to Raina, 1 run, straight short ball on middle, down the track and punched to long-off


Narine to Karthik, 1 run, Karthik eyes a reverse sweep, this bounces more, takes the top-edge and runs to third man

Raina has scored 143 runs off Chawla, before today – the most for a batsman v bowler in IPL


Narine to Raina, 1 run, non-turning offbreak on middle, Raina shimmies out and clips to square leg


Chawla to Raina, 1 run, Raina shimmies out, Chawla drags his length back. Punched down to long-on for one


Chawla to Karthik, 1 run, googly to the right-hander outside off. The length is short, allowing Karthik to cut to sweeper


Chawla to Raina, 1 run, Raina uses his feet again, attempts the loft again, this is the googly, turning away from him. Raina carves it over the off-side infield


Chawla to Raina, 2 runs, Raina uses his feet again, he is nowhere close to the pitch, slices it in front of the advancing long-off


Chawla to Raina, 2 runs, Boult saves four runs for his side. He ventures to his left from deep midwicket to track down this loft from Raina. Boult pouches the ball, then tumbles over the boundary, but before he fell over he had the presence of mind to toss the ball back into the field of play


Chawla to Raina, no run, skids on outside off, too full for a cut, Raina chops and misses


Narine to Karthik, no run, dropped short and wide outside off, cut away straight to point


Narine to Karthik, no run, nice dipping offbreak on off, Karthik pokes it back to the bowler


Narine to Raina, 1 run, dug short on middle, backs away and cuts firmly to sweeper cover


Narine to Karthik, 1 run, full offbreak on off, knocked to leg with the spin


Narine to Karthik, FOUR, pitched up and outside off, non-turner, Karthik plants his front foot and crunches away to the right of sweeper cover


Narine to Raina, 1 run, short of a length on off, Raina stands tall and punches a single to long-on


Boult to Raina, 1 run, full-toss swings in on off, helped to long leg


Boult to Raina, FOUR, hip-high short ball outside off, Raina rides the bounce and pulls it away behind square


Boult to Karthik, 1 run, Karthik steps out, meets a short ball on off and turns it to long leg

around the wicket


Boult to Raina, 1 run, short and outside off, can’t get it to rise at the chest, Raina rides the bounce and guides the ball through backward square leg


Boult to Raina, no run, inswinging yorker on off stump, 134ks, dug out to mid-on


Boult to Raina, no run, back of a length and outside off, bounces over Raina’s cut


Kuldeep Yadav to Raina, 1 run, slides on outside off, Raina hangs back, uses the pace, and late-dabs a single to short third man


Kuldeep Yadav to Karthik, 1 run, Kuldeep hangs it up in the air on off, dabbed through cover


Kuldeep Yadav to Karthik, no run, flat and fired on off, back-foot chop to cover


Kuldeep Yadav to Raina, 1 run, straight ball on middle, hangs back and nudges to midwicket

Karthik joins Raina


Kuldeep Yadav to Finch, OUT, Finch holes out to wide long-off. Suryakumar pulls off the finger-on-the-lip celebration. This is the tossed-up googly from Kuldeep. Finch backed away outside leg to loft it over the covers. He did not pick the wrong’un and sliced it off the outside edge to long-off running to his left

AJ Finch c Yadav b Kuldeep Yadav 15 (8b 0x4 2×6) SR: 187.50


Kuldeep Yadav to Raina, 1 run, lobbed up outside off, Raina chips a drive down to long-off on the front foot


Pathan to Finch, no run, flat and wide outside off, a chopped cut towards point


Pathan to Raina, 1 run, short and slow, pushed to long-on


Pathan to Finch, 1 run, slightly short outside off, cut to deep point


Pathan to Finch, SIX, this is even bigger. This is humongous. Slightly flatter but on middle and leg, heaved away over square leg. Exceptional batting. has almost removed him from bowling again


Pathan to Finch, SIX, in the arc, and Finch gives it a whacking. How dare you float one up? On off and middle. Finch gets low and muscularly pulls over midwicket


Pathan to Raina, 1 run, flat and straight, worked away through square leg. Clever batting. Use up all these middle overs


Kuldeep Yadav to Raina, 1 run, worked away towards square leg for a single


Kuldeep Yadav to Finch, 1 run, flat, but short. Allows Finch to go back and slap to long-off


Kuldeep Yadav to Finch, no run, beauty. The googly outside off, Finch plays the line but is beaten on the outside edge. Lovely deception in the air

rssampat: “GL are confused with their batting riches. D.Smith plays poorly in the middle order and is best at the top where he easily hits over the top shots, but yet is batting middle order. Raina can be great as a finisher, but yet insists on being No:3”


Kuldeep Yadav to Raina, 1 run, flat and straight, nudged away towards midwicket


Kuldeep Yadav to Finch, 1 run, a low full toss, Finch chose a good option. Got low to paddle sweep, but got a toe-end towards square leg

Strategic time-out.

Raina smashed 26 off 13 balls off Kuldeep in the Champions League in the only innings he had played against the wristspinner, before today


Kuldeep Yadav to McCullum, OUT, that was plumb! Just misses a straight one does McCullum. Full and straight from Kuldeep, on middle. The legbreak. Spun towards leg, struck McCullum in front of leg. Could it have spinning down? May have been too full for the umpire to consider that option. Didn’t look a bad decision at first glance.


Woakes to Raina, FOUR, too straight and Raina helps himself to some runs. On the pads, worked to the fine leg boundary. The fielder was in the circle


Woakes to McCullum, 1 run, slogged. A proper one. Full on off, shovelled to deep midwicket. Clears his front stance

Woakes averages 27.41 v right-handers and a huge 63.66 v left-handers in T20s in the Powerplay


Woakes to Raina, 1 run, a slower ball on middle, worked to midwicket for one. Good change in pace. Raina was waiting for the short delivery


Woakes to McCullum, 1 leg bye, strays down leg, ill-directed. Off the pad towards fine leg for one


Woakes to McCullum, no run, a slower short ball on middle, McCullum is too early on middle. Under-edged to the keeper


Woakes to Raina, 1 run, full on leg, worked to square leg for a run


Kuldeep Yadav to McCullum, SIX, fantastic 1-2 batting. Knew Kuldeep would be conscious of not bowling short again. He floated this up. McCullum ran forward, got to the pitch and smashed the ball dead straight. Over the long-off boundary


Kuldeep Yadav to McCullum, FOUR, this is first legspinner to McCullum. Short on middle and leg, pulled to deep square leg. In front of square


Kuldeep Yadav to McCullum, no run, 75 kph, another wrong ‘un on middle and off. Blocked


Kuldeep Yadav to Raina, 1 run, a good stroke. Slightly short from Kuldeep, Raina goes back and cuts to deep point

McCullum averages 18.15 against left-arm spin in the IPL


Kuldeep Yadav to McCullum, 1 run, walks across and works the ball to midwicket. Well played.


Kuldeep Yadav to McCullum, no run, the wrong un to start from Kuldeep. McCullum gets forward and blocks


Woakes to Raina, no run


Woakes to Raina, 2 runs

Before this match, Suresh Raina hit 3637 runs at No.3 in the IPL , which is twice as much as the closest rival – Virat Kohli


Woakes to Raina, 2 runs, a slower ball on leg, shovelled through midwicket for a couple


Woakes to Raina, FOUR, good length down leg, Raina backs away. Woakes follows him. Flicked down to the backward square leg boundary. Exceptional batting. Raina looks switched on today. These are all high-percentage strokes


Woakes to Raina, no run, slower ball on off, hit to mid-off. Full face of the bat

Roy v legspinners in powerplays, before today: 43 runs off 42 balls, 4 dismissals


Woakes to Raina, FOUR, so much power that even the parry goes for four. That’s a superb stroke. Overpitched on middle, Raina drills a drive straight back at Woakes, who gets a right hand on it. Deflects for four anyway


Narine to McCullum, no run, good end. Full and straight, McCullum blocks


Narine to McCullum, FOUR, too short again. Sits up for McCullum on middle, pulled easily through square leg. They have erred short instead of full


Narine to McCullum, no run, well played by both parties. Full and straight, McCullum sees a good delivery and defends

tani khan: “Raina at 3, makes more mess of their strategy, because smith and finch will play at 4 and 5.”


Narine to McCullum, FOUR, flat. Almost went for six. McCullum backs away, Narine drops short. Scythes a cut with so much power over point. No chance. Gained elevation


Narine to McCullum, 2 runs, slogged away, but finds the gap wide of long-on for a couple. Full and straight, stabbed away into the gap

Suresh Raina is the second-highest run scorer against KKR in the IPL. Before this match he had 550 runs in 17 innings. Rohit Sharma is the top run-getter against KKR with 655 runs in 17 innings


Narine to Raina, 1 run, nicely bowled. Nicely played. Full, swerving back in towards off. Raina gets forward and pushes to long-off


Chawla to McCullum, no run, played that off the stumps. Flat and quick on off, aiming towards the top of off. Guided to short third man


Chawla to McCullum, no run, well bowled. Slower through the air outside off, skids on after pitching, forcing McCullum to defend


Chawla to McCullum, SIX


Chawla to Raina, 1 run, well played. Percentage stroke. A flat delivery on off, sits up for Raina and he plays a low-risk pull to deep midwicket


Chawla to Raina, no run, flat and slowish outside off, a nervous prod towards point

Raina, he’ll hold his spot at No. 3


Chawla to Roy, OUT, that was a rubbish delivery that gets the wicket. What a way to go. A filthy long-hop on leg. Roy gets into position to pull, but somehow gets a leading edge. Hangs in the air for a while before settling in Yusuf’s hands at square leg, running to his right from midwicket. Not the best IPL debuts for Roy.


Narine to McCullum, no run, quick and straight, McCullum walks right across and works to fine leg. Had to make connection, he walked too far


Narine to Roy, 1 run, too full from Narine. Full and straight, driven to long-on

A slip comes in

RP: “4 overseas T20 openers and and 4 bowlers with little international experience. Intresting mix for GL”


Narine to McCullum, 1 run, ooh, 92 kph. Full, quick and straight. McCullum closes the bat face too early, a leading edge towards point for one. Lucky for Baz


Narine to McCullum, no run, flat outside off, blocked towards cover


Narine to McCullum, FOUR, that was rubbish from KKR. Flat and wide outside off, plenty of width. McCullum cuts towards backward point where Kuldeep dives over the ball and allows the boundary


Narine to McCullum, no run, the seam-up delivery? He has one that floats out, seams away. Full outside off, driven to mid-off


Chawla to McCullum, 1 run


Chawla to Roy, 1 run, yikes, a rank long-hop. Filthy. Sat up for Roy too. Pulled to deep square leg


Chawla to Roy, no run, not picking it again. Flat and quick on leg, hits Roy on the pad. Goes through his legs to the keeper


Chawla to Roy, 1 wide, the quicker delivery but ill-directed. Down leg. Wide


Chawla to Roy, FOUR, well, there is an option if you’re not picking it. A flat straight delivery on middle and off. Roy gets outside the line and reverse-sweeps through point. So much power, a more productive area for Roy


Chawla to Roy, no run, another googly, outside off, full. Driven back to the bowler. Doesn’t look comfortable against legspin

Gujarat Lions had the best scoring rate – 8.29 – in the Powerplays in 2016


Chawla to McCullum, 1 run, the googly to start. Flat on off, pushed to long-on. Didn’t quite pick that, read it off the pitch


Boult to Roy, no run, good length delivery on off, a shovelled stab to midwicket. Tidy over for Gujarat. Lovely pace in this surface


Boult to Roy, FOUR, full and wide outside off, Roy strides forward and carves a punchy cut through backward point.

Around the wicket


Boult to Roy, no run, full and wide outside off, mis-timed drive to mid-on. Leaden footed too. That’s how he plays though


Boult to Roy, no run, drags that length back right away. Good bowling. Saw if there was some swing early on, didn’t quite work so he pulled his length back, forcing Roy to defend


Boult to Roy, FOUR, lovely start. Just opened up his stance a touch. Knew there would be some inswing. Full and straight, drilled through mid-off. Full face of the bat. Great timing

Brendon McCullum has hit 41 off 19 balls against Boult in T20s


Boult to Roy, no run, nice start. Full and straight, 141 kph. Some swing, not a lot. Worked to midwicket