Dwayne Smith did the job for Gujarat Lions up first picking up four wickets and conceding just eight runs. KKR batsmen never really delivered to score just 124. In reply, GL lost openers early but Suresh Raina calmly carried his team through to the win by 6-wickets.
IPL UPDATES, AS IT HAPPENED:
2256 hrs IST: Raina, fittingly, scores the winning runs for Gujarat Lions. GL win by 6 wickets, Raina stays unbeaten on 53.
2254 hrs IST: Jadeja clears his front foot and smashes it down for a boundary.
2252 hrs IST: Raina brings up his FIFTY! 51 from 33 balls.
2246 hrs IST: Back-to-back boundaries for Suresh Raina as GL cross 100 run mark. They’re 107/4 after 11.
2242 hrs IST: The cameras pick up Sanjay Dutt in attendance. So looks like Tim Cook left.
2238 hrs IST: UH-OH! Finch and Raina collide and Finch falls short of completing the third run. GL are 95/3
2236 hrs IST: SIX! Finch brings up the fifty stand with an inside out SIX!
2229 hrs IST: Another good over for GL – a SIX and a FOUR in it. The four a rather strange shot by Raina. Not sure if he meant it. Swiveled and then found the back of the bat and it has gone towards square leg for a four.
2220 hrs IST: Back-to-back fours for GL. First a wide bye and then off Suresh Raina’s bat.
2156 hrs IST: Sunil Narine keeps it down the middle and Baz tries to play it down the leg but misses. LBW!
2152 hrs IST: McCullum has just smashed that one into the stands. Such sheer power!
2150 hrs IST: And that’s a pulsating start for KKR! Dwayne Smith exits on the very first ball for GL. Gets an inside edge as he tries to pull Ankit Rajpoot. GL are 0/1
2132 hrs IST: A single from the final ball and four from last over. KKR curtailed to 124 by GL.
2128 hrs IST: A little change of pace from Bravo and Holder gets the top of the bat to be taken by Finch.
2122 hrs IST: The big man goes back! Yusuf Pathan smacks it hard but straight to Raina at extra cover. KKR are now 120/7.
2119 hrs IST: HUUUGE SIX! Slower one by Bravo and Holder reads it and smacks it high and long for a SIX!
2113 hrs IST: Suryakumar Yadav goes back. Sweeps but he top edges it and goes straight to Kulkarni who takes it easily. KKR are 102/6.
2102 hrs IST: Yusuf Pathan finally realises the need for big hits. FOUR AND SIX. First boundary since the Powerplay overs ended – 51 balls back!
2100 hrs IST: Superb bowling by Dwayne Smith on a green track in Kanpur
Dwayne Smith – 18 dot balls – the most bowled by a bowler in a match in #IPL 2016#GLvKKR
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) May 19, 2016
2056 hrs IST: Dr Smith with splendid spell. 4-0-8-4
2052 hrs IST: It is Dwayne Smith into his final over and its him again with the wicket. Shakib Al Hasan tries to scoop one over for a six but can only find Dwivedi at third man. KKR are 61/5 now.
2050 hrs IST: KKR’s run rate dropping by the over. Now 59/4 after 11.
2044 hrs IST: The experiment of Piyush Chawla coming in higher up has failed courtesy Dwayne Smith. Castles the leftie with Chawla bringing his bat done a wee late. KKR are 55/4
2030 hrs IST: Uthappa goes now! KKR losing the plot and Dwayne Smith strikes for a second wicket. Tried to guide it for a four but done in by a little bounce.
2021 hrs IST: WICKET! Poor shot by Manish Pandey. Dwayne Smith keeps it outside off and moves away just a touch and Mandey hands a simple catch to Raina at first slip.
2019 hrs IST: It looks almost as if Uthappa is picking up revenge for his partner leaving the middle. First a slapped four towards long off and now a SMACK that sees the ball go into the stands for a SIX!
2014 hrs IST: BRILLIANT FIELDING! Absolutely stunning save by Jakati and then hits the stumps while being on his knees and it is Gambhir walking back. KKR are 23/1
2008 hrs IST: DROP! Sort of. Praveen Kumar moves back a touch on a mishit by Gambhir. Raina expected it to be taken by Praveen can’t even get his hands on it.
2006 hrs IST: Uthappa begins the second over, by Dhawal Kulkarni, with a superb cover drive that races to the ropes on a quick outfield it seems.
2005 hrs IST: Interesting shout at the end of the first over but umpire shakes head. 3 runs after the first over.
2001 hrs IST: Interesting field placement. A leg slip in place for Gambhir.
2000 hrs IST: Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir in the middle. Praveen Kumar with the ball.
2000 hrs IST: First time a day-night fixture in Kanpur. Historic occasion for the ground that has hosted multiple fixtures in Tests, ODIs and even day T20 matches.
1941 hrs IST: The teams:
KKR XI: R Uthappa, G Gambhir, M Pandey, Y Pathan, S Yadav, S Al Hasan, J Holder, P Chawla, S Narine, M Morkel, A Rajpoot
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 19, 2016
GL XI: DR Smith, B McCullum, S Raina, A Finch, D Karthik, R Jadeja, DJ Bravo, E Dwivedi , P Kumar, D Kulkarni, S Jakati
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 19, 2016
1930 hrs IST: Gujarat Lions win the toss and opt to bowl first.
1920 hrs IST: Apple CEO Tim Cook to be in attendance to watch an IPL fixture, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla confirms.
THE BUILD UP:
Suresh Raina’s return could not have been better-timed as Gujarat Lions, jolted by the tournament’s biggest ever defeat, seek to revive their campaign against Kolkata.
The standard illuminance reading at stadium during night games is expected to 1800-2000 lux. At Green Park, it is learnt, the meter has shown a reading of about 1400 to 1500 lux.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan rued that their attack, heavily dependent on slow bowlers, is not getting enough assistance from Eden Gardens pitch.