Newcomers Gujarat Lions defeated Kings XI Punjab in their first match of Indian Premier League. Gujarat Lions chased down 162 comfortably with five wickets in hand. Aaron Finch was a star performer with the bat as he scored 74 off 47 balls. You can watch the full video highlights of the match here. Also Check- Kings XI Punjab vs Gujarat Lions- As it HappenedAlso Read - IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians-Chennai Super Kings to Start Second Leg of Tournament
Finch was well supported by Dinesh Karthik, who finished unbeaten on 41 off 26 balls. With this win, Gujarat Lions now occupy third place in the IPL 2016 points table. Also Catch- Kings XI Punjab vs Gujarat Lions Full Scorecard Also Read - Shreyas Iyer Ruled Out of Lancashire's Royal London Cup Campaign, Expected to be Fit For Remainder of IPL 2021
The Lions’ chase began on a jittery note losing Brendon McCullum in the very first over. Finch then added 50 runs for the second wicket with skipper Suresh Raina to put Lions back on the track. Also Read - Virat Kohli Has Been No.1 Captain Despite Not Winning ICC Trophy And IPL: Suresh Raina
Marcus Stoinis then struck in 6th over and removed Raina, who scored 20 off just nine balls. Finch and Karthik then shared 65 runs for the third wicket and kept home side Kings XI Punjab out of the hunt. Karthik eventually finished off things for his side in the 18th over.
Earlier, despite getting off to a good start, Kings XI Punjab only managed 161 on board. Openers Murali Vijay and Manan Vohra shared 78 for the opening wicket. And after that Kings XI Punjab kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
Dwayne Bravo was the pick of the bowlers as he scalped 4/22 in his quota of four overs. His four-wicket haul included two wickets, Glenn Maxwell and David Miller, in one over.