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KXIP (Kings XI Punjab) vs KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders) Live Streaming: The Match 49 result will decide the life of the Kings XI Punjab in this IPL 2017 season.
Maxi was thrilled that his team got up for the win saying after the match: "I asked for an improved performance on the field and certainly got that tonight".
Amla and Shaun Marsh made up for the loss of Guptill with a 125-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries, before Marsh was dismissed by Dhawal Kulkarni for 58 off 43 balls, which included six boundaries. The two kept dealing in boundaries and KKR's score at the end of third over read 31/0. Mohit conceded 24 from three overs but picked up two wickets. KKR then lost steam and the Punjab seam attack led by Sandeep and Mohit Sharma bowled well by using their variations to good effect to pull off a thrilling win. Sharma scored a 45-ball 67, hitting six fours and 2 sixes. Parthiv Patel (38) and Lendl Simmons (59 off 32 balls) smoted the KXIP bowling en route their 99-run stand in only 8.4 overs.
But although Woakes smeared a leg-side six the equation of 20 off the final six balls from Sandeep proved too stiff, Kings XI's superb death bowling keeping them in the hunt.
Martin Guptill hit a flurry of boundaries (5x4, 1x6) during his 18-ball-36 and skipper Maxwell's 47 off 21 balls also propped up the total.
But he departed in the very next ball, LBW to Thampi as he missed a yorker.
Preview: Table-toppers Mumbai Indians (MI), the first team to secure a berth in the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs, are all set to take on a confident Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.
Kings XI Punjab have the personnel to beat any team in the IPL; it is now about bringing the A-game, with bat and ball, in their last two matches.
Maxwell lofted left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav (2-34) for two sixes in the 16th over but was brilliantly caught off the next delivery by Woakes at long-on before Yadav had Saha stumped.
Axar Patel (not out 8) and Rahul Tewatia (not out 14) were at the crease at the end of the innings.
A flat six over cover in the final over took Amla to three figures, but he did not emerge for Gujarat's chase after being hit on the toe by the next delivery from Basil Thampi, which trapped him lbw. Apart from fetching you points for his economy rate, he also has a knack of picking up important wickets. After Powerplay overs (6), the hosts were 41/2. Marsh will again be looked upon as somebody who will anchor the innings. Punjab were 63/3 at the halfway stage. They need just one win to secure a spot and that win should be their primary objective for now.