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Gujarat Lions earn consolation win despite Amla century

Hashim Amla scored his second century this season
Hashim Amla scored his second century this season

Gujarat Lions 192-4 (Smith 74) beat
Kings XI Punjab 189-3 (Amla 104) by six wickets
47th match, Indian Premier League, Mohali

Hashim Amla's century went in vain as Gujarat Lions chased down 190 against Kings XI Punjab in 19.4 overs with six wickets in hand in the 47th game of the Indian Premier League in Mohali.

Gujarat Lions won the toss and decided to field first. Pradeep Sangwan (1-28) bowled a brilliant first over where he conceded just two runs and snared Martin Guptill (2).

With four boundaries and a six, Amla (104) helped Punjab recover and end the powerplay at 44 for one. Amla along with Shaun Marsh (58) brought their 50 run stand off 36 deliveries and Punjab reached 81 for one at halfway mark.

Amla brought his half-century and also the 100-run stand with Marsh in the 13th over while Marsh reached his own fifty off 37 deliveries as Punjab looked set for a huge total on the board.

Even though Dhawal Kulkarni (1-24) broke the stand when he accounted for Marsh, Amla along with a brilliant 11-ball cameo from Glenn Maxwell (20 not out) helped Punjab post 189 for three in the 20 overs. In the process, Amla also reached his second century this season.

In the chase, while Ishan Kishan (29) was occupying the crease, Dwayne Smith (74) extended domination scoring eight boundaries in the powerplay by the end of which Gujarat were 58 for naught.

With a six in the seventh over, Smith reached a 28-ball 50 but was also handed a couple of reprieves when he was dropped by David Miller and Gurkeerat Singh.

The 91-run stand finally ended when T Natarajan (1-32) had Kishan caught at deep midwicket and in the next 10 deliveries, both Smith and Suresh Raina (39) smashed two sixes and three boundaries combined to ease the required run rate.

Smith's 39-ball masterful knock ended when Maxwell (1-21) had the former West Indian batsman holed out at deep midwicket. Despite, losing Raina and Aaron Finch (2) in the 18th over, Dinesh Karthik (35 not out) ensured he saw the team through the chase in the final over with an unbeaten 23-ball knock.

Punjab will now have to win all their remaining three games in order to make it to the play-off. Smith was awarded the player of the match for his blistering knock.

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