Gujarat Lions (GL) faced defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 3rd match of ongoing Indian Super League 2017. The T20 match was played on 7th April at Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium, which is situated in Rajkot. While batting first in the match, Gujarat Lions scored 183 runs in 1st inning. Kolkata Knight Riders team successfully chased the target of 184 runs and bagged win in its first match in 10th season of IPL.
Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bowl first. Jason Roy and Brendon McCullum stepped into the ground as the opener batsmen of team Gujarat Lions. Hitting 3 fours, Roy scored 14 runs in 12 balls and lost his wicket in 4th over of the inning. Team’s captain Suresh Raina replaced him as the next batsman and accompanied McCullum in setting up a good total score for the team. Hitting 4 fours and 2 sixes, McCullum scored 35 runs in 24 balls.
Loosing wicket in 9th over, McCullum walked back to pavilion and Australian cricketer Aron Finch came to bat next. The right handed cricketer smashed 2 sixes and scored 15 runs in 8 balls. Failing to score more runs, Finch returned to pavilion after loosing his wicket in 11th over of the inning. Dinesh Karthik was the next batsman who associated his team’s skipper in scoring maximum runs. The right handed batsman hit 5 fours and 2 sixes to score 48 runs in 25 balls.
Suresh Raina performed well at the other end of strike. The former CSK player made vital contribution in taking his team’s total score beyond triple digit figure. Hitting 7 fours, Raina scored 68 runs in 51 balls. The left handed Indian cricketer remained not out till the end of inning. The first inning ended with Gujarat Lions scoring 183 runs in 20 overs with the loss of 4 wickets. KKR’s bowler Kudeep Yadav picked up 2 wickets in the match. His teammates Trent Boult and Piyush Chawla took one wicket each.
KKR started the run chase with stormy opening partnership between team’s captain Gautam Gambhir and his teammate Chris Lynn. The two cricketers exhibited outstanding performance in this match and contributed majorly in their team’s victory. Hitting 12 fours, left handed Gambhir scored 76 runs in 48 balls. At other end of strike, Chris Lynn smashed 8 sixes and 6 fours to score 93 runs in 41 balls. KKR scored 184 runs in 14.5 overs and won the match by 10 wickets.
No bowler of Gujarat Lions team succeeded in picking up single wicket in this match. Though the team had well experienced cricketers in the playing XI squad, it did not manage to resist the opponent team from chasing the huge target. Praveen Kumar, Dwayne Smith and Dhawal Kulkarni went wicketless in this T20 cricket match. Chris Lynn bagged ‘Player of the Match’ award for his spectacular batting performance in the game.