The first blog of the summer:) Gujarat Lions won the toss and elected to field and Punjab started well with the batting and Murali Vijay top scored for Punjab with 55 runs followed by Saha and Miller with 33 and 31 runs respectively. Kings XI Punjab lost wickets in a jeopardy where Shivil Kaushik took the maximum wickets and changed the game for KXIP. With a lot of jeopardy KXIP managed to score 154 runs which is indeed a big score.
With Gujarat given a target of 155 runs it looked easy as if they would win the match as they are the toppers on the table. The top order failed miserably and the middle order collapsed with Axar Patel’s hatrick. This was Axar’s first T20 hat-trick, and the 14th of the tournament.
The chase was good as over by Ishan Kishan (27) Faulkner (32) and Praveen Kumar (15) delayed the playing out the full quota of over’s. Mohit Sharma (3/32) complemented Patel well.
With Aksar Patel’s and Mohit Sharma’s bowling KXIP won the match with 23 runs and defeated the table toppers.
Murali Vijay being the new captain replacing Miller he scored well in his debut captaincy. KXIP has found a good bowler who is Axar Patel. It’s too early to comment regarding the performance we will have to wait and watch how they perform in the next coming matches.