M47 - KXIP vs GL

Who will come out on top

Kings XI Punjab once again failed to take advantage of a Hashim Amla century as their hopes of making the Indian Premier League play-offs were dented by a six-wicket defeat to Gujarat Lions in Mohali.

Amla made 104 off just 60 balls with the help of eight fours and five huge hits over the fence to take Kings XI forward.

During the innings break, he said that it's nice to get some runs and the partnership with Marsh was key.

The pair combined for 125 in 15 overs as both batsmen rotated the strike and plucked off loose balls when there for the taking, with the South African the more aggressive of the two veterans.

Kings XI are now lying at the fifth spot with 10 points from 11 games and can not afford to slip a bit in their remaining three game to stay in the fray. KXIP made things hard for themselves by not holding onto the chances that came their way; Smith was put down twice - on 42 (by David Miller) and on 51 (by Gurkeerat Mann), while was let Raina off when he was on 36.

Karthik, Smith's teammate at GL, launched Varun Aaron for a six and a four in the penultimate over to calm down the nerves in the visitors' camp. "(But) still a good season for the youngsters", he said. Lions have also suffered a body blow losing their opener Brendon McCullum, who will miss the remaining matches after suffering a hamstring strain.




Sandeep Sharma has an excellent record against Lions' overseas batsmen: Aaron Finch has scored only 35 off 32 balls against him (no dismissals), while Dwayne Smith has been out twice to him while scoring 14 off 13.

Smith was given another life on 51 when a hoick down the ground from the bowling of Maxwell was put down by the incoming Gurkeerat Singh.

Amla, known for his classic batting and being more of a player for the Test fold, has been proving his critics wrong as he continues his onslaught in the shortest format of the game. Amla brought up his half-century in the thirteenth over - needing 36 balls to get to the milestone, and the same stroke also raised the raised the 100 of the partnership. But Amla continued his onslaught and cleared Kulkarni over the long-on for his third six of the match.

His 5th boundary of the innings, which came off Basil Thampi's bowling in the 17th over, was a subject of discussion.

Wenger overcame Mourinho's Chelsea in the 2015 Community Shield, but this was the first time he had got the better of his old foe with league points at stake.

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