Dwayne Smith played with a dash of freedom to crunch a 39-ball 74, while Dinesh Karthik provided the finishing touches to the chase with an unbeaten innings of 35 to ensure Gujarat Lions overhauled the 190-run target set by Kings XI Punjab on Sunday (May 7).
Karthik, Smith’s teammate at GL, launched Varun Aaron for a six and a four in the penultimate over to calm down the nerves in the visitors’ camp. Karthik pointed out that with 23 runs required off 11 balls, he had to take the risk.
“It was under pressure; we were needing a big hit at that time and when he bowled me a length ball I just wanted to go after [it] and luckily for me, it took the top-edge and went way over the ‘keeper’s head. That’s not exactly where I wanted to go, but it was really good. At the end of the day it came to winning cause,” he noted.
GL’s chances of progressing to the playoffs came to an end after they slipped to a seven-wicket loss against Delhi Daredevils. However, Karthik said that they would look to win the remaining games and finish the tournament on a happy note.
“No matter what, even though we are out of the tournament, there is a lot of pride at play when you play these kind of games. When you watch it from outside, you might feel it is a more important game for Kings XI; but as players we still pride ourselves on every game we play. And it was important as an individual to win this game for us,” he said.
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