New comers Gujarat Lions crushed Kings XI Punjab by five wickets to begin their Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign on a winning note at Mohali. Finch top scored with 74 and Karthik followed with 41 runs.
Superb work from the Lions bowlers particularly by Bravo and Jadeja to drag things back. Kings XI posted 161 runs and Lions have a lot of batting firepower, and a target of 162 is perhaps 15 runs below par.
It will be first outing for Gujarat Lions in IPL 2016 as they are set to clash with King XI Punjab. It will be a start for Gujarat and restart for Punjab. Both the teams will start their campaign with a winning note.
Meanwhile, Gujarat Lions skipper Suresh Raina won the toss and elected to bat first at Mohali. Mohali has been helpful for pace bowlers and bowling first will help Gujarat.
Marcus Stoinis makes his Kings XI debut.
Kings XI Punjab: Manan Vohra, Murali Vijay, Glenn Maxwell, Wriddhiman Saha, David Miller, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Pardeep Sahu, Mitchell Johnson, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma
Gujarat Lions: Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Ishan Kishan, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Praveen Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan, Sarabjit Ladda.