2017 IPL 26th Match Highlights: Gujarat Lions VS. Kings XI Punjab
The twenty-sixth match of the 2017 IPL was played between Gujarat Lions and Kings XI Punjab. The match was played on Sunday, 23rd April in Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot at 10:30 AM GMT, i.e. 16:00 IST. Both the teams are placed in the lower half of the points table. Winning this match was quite important for both the teams in order to keep their chances alive to stay in the tournament. Like all the other matches, only one team could win and in this particular match it was Kings XI Punjab. Team Punjab proved its ascendancy by defeating team Delhi by 26 runs. Here is the summary of the entire match. Have a look!
The Match in Highlights
You can always expect a lot when two teams of the same league come to play against each other. The same happened in the 26th match of IPL 10. It was indeed a tough competition between Gujarat Lions and Kings XI Punjab. The toss was won by Gujarat Lions which opted to bowl. Hence, Kings XI Punjab came to bat first. Hashim Amla shined in the match and made a good score of 65 runs on 40 balls with a strike rate of 162.50. Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell scored 30 and 31 runs respectively.
Axar Patel made 34 runs on 17 balls with an outstanding strike rate of 200.00. In this way, Kings XI amassed 188 runs on a fall of 7 wickets in 20 overs. Andrew Tye of Gujarat Lions became the highest wicket-taker, with 2 wickets. After Kings XI Punjab’s batting, it was time for Gujarat Lions to bat. Dinesh Karthik became the highest scorer with 58 runs on 44 balls. Whereas, Captain Suresh Raina scored 32 runs on 24 balls. Despite of their efforts, the team managed to amass the score of just 162 runs on a fall of 7 wickets in 20 overs. Hence, Kings XI Punjab won the match by 26 runs.
The Show of the Batsmen
Yes, the match can be rightly addressed as the show of the batsmen. Hashim Amla of Kings XI Punjab scored 65 runs on 40 balls, who thereafter was given the player of the match title for his performance.
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