IPL: Amla guides Punjab to challenging total

The pitch here often assists the fast bowlers and it has been no different this season. But, now the Glenn Maxwell and co.is looking for their all next three games to play the playoff of this season.

Meanwhile, skipper Gautam Gambhir wasn't being given a chance to free his arms and he was struggling to hit boundaries. The captain has shown the way with the bat scoring 425 runs.

Opener Vohra looked promising with a couple of fours off Sunil Narine at the start of the innings. KXIP have 10 points from 11 games and find themselves at the crossroads of an escape or disaster, which would be further cemented by the way they end up in the match with Kolkata.

The odds are heavily loaded in favour of the 2012 and 2014 champions.

After a tremendous win by Gujarat on Punjab, the chances of Punjab to make to the playoffs has been decreased. Whereas Kolkata knight riders stand at the second position, but to maintain their position in the playoffs Kolkata will also have to win the match. The last time Punjab beat Kolkata was way back in April 2014. Now, every match they play will be a knock-out game.

Troop out with self-belief.

Stung by two wickets in quick succession, the visitors, who were 61/1 at the end of the first six overs, could not get going in the next four managing just 18 with Manish Pandey joining Lynn at the crease.

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The top order of both sides came to the fore to score over 380 runs. It's not an easy task as Kolkata's lowest total this season has been 131. Punjab had bundled out Daredevils for 67 the other night, while they defended a modest 138-7 by dismissing RCB for 119 to register a 19-run win last night.

Woakes returned to bowl his final over with two to go - his figures 1-0 off three at the time - and picked up his second wicket when Swapnil Singh dragged on, only back-to-back boundaries from Rahul Tewatia tarnishing superb figures. He didn't get many opportunities owing to a shoulder injury but he is back and ready to blaze away.

At no stage did Punjab throw in the towel with Sandeep Sharma bowling a superb 16th over where he conceded just five runs.

Sandeep Sharma was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Maxwell and Thangarasu Natarajan claimed one wicket each.

With Hashim Amla and David Miller leaving for national duties, the hosts have made four changes to their squad while Kolkata have roped in Robin Uthappa and Kuldeep Yadav for Sheldon Jackson and Piyush Chawla.

KXIP's South African import Hashim Amla has been their main batsmen with 400-plus runs, which includes two centuries - against Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Lions.

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