IPL 2017 Match Preview: Match 49 - KXIP V/s KKR

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Kings XI, who are now three points behind fourth-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad next face the top of the table Mumbai Indians as they continue to try and keep their season alive.

From 63 for 3 at the halfway mark, Kings XI took 104 runs from the final 10 overs. Amla went to 50 off 35 balls, and along with Marsh, set the ideal platform for his side with a 125-run partnership. Chris Woakes (2-20) had Shaun Marsh clean bowled off a delivery which came back enough into the left-hander as Kings XI struggled at 56-3 in the ninth over. Maxwell and Wriddhiman Saha (33-ball 38) stitched a fourth-wicket partnership off 71 runs off 42 balls to rescue their side after quick wickets at the start had nearly derailed Kings XI Punjab innings. Punjab added to their own woes, when David Miller and Gurkeerat Singh dropped Smith, in the sixth and eighth over respectively.

Sunday's defeat has greatly dented KXIP's chances of making it to the play-offs.

Smith brought up his half-century with a six off Axar Patel in the final delivery of the seventh over.

In the backend of the run-chase, with the required run rate climbing rapidly and the batsmen desperate to find boundaries, Mohit Sharma and Sandeep Sharma came together, bowled smartly and denied the batsmen any pace. Pradeep Sangwan provided them an ideal beginning when he had Martin Guptill mistiming a pull straight to the deep square leg fielder in the first over. The KXIP have also scored a big run as 189 but, the opponent Suresh Raina and the team beat by 6 wickets by scoring 192 runs.

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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.

So, for the neutrals and all Kings XI fans, a win from Glenn Maxwell and co.is what is required, if the last seven matches are not to become a little academic, at least until SRH play their last game.

Earlier, Kings XI felt the absence of their prolific run-scorer Hashim Amla at the top order, after the South African opening batsman had to leave IPL because of national duty. In his second over, Tewatia struck gold.

Narine hit two boundaries off Sandeep Sharma's first two balls of the first over to announce his intentions while Lynn too hit a four in the same over to join the party.

Dhawal Kulkarni (1/24) finally broke the partnership, dismissing Marsh in the 16th over caught at long-on by Finch. But, the efforts of Amla gone in vain after losing the match.

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