Visitors Kolkata Knight Riders began the run chase in brutal fashion with skipper Gautam Gambhir and partner Chriss Lynn scoring freely with some eye-catching hits. Host Gujarat Lions were looking happy as they set a daunting target of 184 runs for the mighty KKR. But it seems that the rivals have made a mockery of GL bowling attack.
However, the KKR need to tread cautiously as the wicket might behave strangely in the later stages of the match.
Earlier, KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir decided to bowl first after winning the toss. The hosts, however batted cleverly to set a big target
Gujarat Lions were the table-toppers at the end of the league stage in the last IPL, but finished third after defeats in the two qualifiers against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
But this time around, the Suresh Raina-led side would look to go one step up in only their second season of the IPL.
Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, are one of those teams which cricket fans always root for -- be it for Sourav Ganguly or for its owner Shah Rukh Khan.
For the Knight Riders, revenge would be high on their mind when they take the field against the Lions. The Kolkata outfit boost of the seasoned opening pair of captain Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa, who lay a solid foundation.
Here are the live updates of KKR vs GL match:
Game over in just 15 overs
KKR just need 5 runs from 33 balls. Lynn is on fire tonight
Kolkata Knight Riders need 22 runs in 36 balls
Kolkata close in on target with lightening speed thanks to fireworks by Gambhir, Lynn. Need 33 off 44 balls
Gujarat's bowling attack looks done and dusted in front of Gambhir and Lynn. Both are unstoppable at the moment
Shadab Jakati to Chris Lynn, 5 wides
Gujarat Lions look for answers after brilliant fifties by Gambhir and Lynn
A captain's knock! Gambhir completes his 50
Looks like the match is slipping away from Gujarat's hands
Explosive Lynn completes half-century in just 19 balls!
Fireworks all over as Gambhir, Lynn make the most of Gujarat's shaky bowling. 22 runs so far in 7th over
It's raining boundaries for KKR as Shivil is smacked all around the stadium
Shivil to Gambhir, four, Shivil isn't learning. Keeps landing it short and gets smacked
Kolkata are off to a flying start just like their hosts. Last 3 overs: 37 runs, 0 wkts
Chris Lynn goes for a big one. It's a massive SIX!!!
12 runs from the 2nd over. Last 2 overs: 20 runs, 0 wkts
KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir, Chris Lynn at the crease as visitor's begin their bid to chase down 184-run target set by Gujarat Lions
Power hitting by Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik propels Gujarat Lions to 183 runs
Karthik departs at 47. Gujarat now 4 wickets down
Karthik close to complete half-century. Batting at 47
Solid batting display by Raina, Karthik. Partnership: 77 (52)
Now, Dinesh Karthik takes charge, hits a six and a four on consecutive deliveries
Skipper Suresh Raina's half-centry revives Gujarat Lions, 2 overs to go
Raina completes brilliant half-century. GL: 141/3
KKR bring Piyush Chawla into the attack to unsettle Raina-Karthik pair
Boult saves a certain boundary with brilliant fielding
Narine to Karthik, four, to deep extra cover
Gone! Yadav removes Finch. Dinesh Karthik comes to the crease. GL: 92/3
Kuldip Yadav removes McCullum, Gujarat Lions now 2 wickets down, Aaron Finch joins Raina in the middle
Kuldeep Yadav to Brendon McCullum, SIX, to long off
Kuldeep Yadav to Brendon McCullum, FOUR, Kuldeep can't afford to drop short on this pitch. McCullum rocks back and pulls it through mid-wicket, bisects the two men in the deep to a nicety
Woakes to Raina, 2 runs, that will go down as a chance, but Kuldeep did very well to get to the ball, got both hands and lost control as he fell down. Would have been a stunner had he held on. Gujarat cross 50-run mark in 6th over
Raina, McCullum displaying power hitting skills against Kolkata spinners
Narine to Brendon McCullum, FOUR, to deep square leg
McCullum hits a six, GL: 29/1
Gujarat skipper Suresh Raina comes to the crease
Gone! Jason Roy walks, Yusuf Pathan taks a brilliant catch on Chawla's delivery
Gambhir brings Sunil Narine into the attack in bid to tame GL
McCullum joins the party with a four!!
Jason Roy is on fire. Hits another boundary.
Four!!! Jason Roy sends Boult for a boundary
Opening pair Jason Roy and Brendon McCullum at the crease
KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir wins toss, invites Gujarat Lions to bat first
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (Capt), Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Chris Lynn, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Woakes, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine, Trent Boult
Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (Capt), Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Jason Roy, Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik, Manpreet Gony, Praveen Kumar, Shahdab Jakati, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shivil Kaushik