IPL: Amla guides Punjab to challenging total

Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (captain), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh, Darren Sammy, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Nikhil Naik, Ishant Sharma, Armaan Jaffer, Martin Guptill, Eoin Morgan, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Arman Jaffer, Anureet Singh, Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa, Pradeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, T Natrajan, Matt Henry, Varun Aaron, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Gurkeerat Mann, Rahul Tewatia.

Pacer Sandeep Sharma's brilliant three-wicket haul blew away RCB's top-order to set up the win for Punjab last night and he is their best bowler. Amla and Marsh put on a 125-run partnership for the second wicket.

Then on, it was an onslaught by Amla and Shaun Marsh. Smith's entertaining innings ended in the twelfth over when he attempted to deposit Glenn Maxwell into the stands, but picked the man on the boundary.

Dinesh Karthik (35 not out off 23 balls) played a short cameo towards the end as Gujarat Lions reached 192 for four in 19.4 over in their pursuit of 190.

Mohali: Veteran South African player Hashim Amla feels that the Indian Premier Legaue (IPL) has become a lot more accommodating for "orthodox" batsmen like him and says that one can score big runs in T20 format with proper cricketing shots.

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Suresh Raina (39 from 25 balls) batted fluently and struck four boundaries and a six, and it appeared that he would help his team win pretty easily.

With Gujarat's overseas supplies down to bare rations due to a series of unfortunate injuries, Smith earned automatic selection and didn't disappoint, muscling eight boundaries and four sixes to wrestle the momentum back to the visitors.

Chasing a modest 159 for victory yesterday, KKR made it easy, racing to 105 for no loss in just six overs, for a record IPL powerplay total. Karthik was on strike and he scored three runs off the first ball.

A few days back, Kings XI Punjab's fielding coach R Sridhar had said that he was proud that his team has dropped the least number of catches in this IPL season.

The Lions would get over the line with six wickets and two balls to spare. Amla is also a great ambassador of the game, who has always played the game in right spirit. The likes of Shardul Thakur, James Faulkner, Basil Thampi and Ravindra Jadeja have failed to live upto the expectations of the side. Dhawal Kulkarni, who had bowled excellently, was finally rewarded with the wicket of Marsh, holing out to Aaron Finch at long-on.

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