History repeated on Sunday as Amla caressed his way to 104 from 60 balls in Kings XI's 3-189, a total that was tracked down by Gujarat with two balls to spare. A Test-mould player, Amla mostly stuck to traditional cricketing shots to score the ton. This was Amla's second century in the current edition of the tournament.
Now, every match they play will be a knock-out game. Hashim Amla, joined by Shaun Marsh rotated the strike but some tight fielding from the bowling team meant that KXIP could manage not more than 44 inside the Powerplay, 15 of which came in the sixth over.
"I don't think I wanted to save it for the last". "Obviously it is very disappointing. But you've got to give credit to Gujarat, in the way they came out and they played so positively and managed to kind of negate whatever advantage we had earlier on", Amla said.
The second half was trundling along at the same, fairly pedestrian pace before two goals in the space of three minutes dropped victory into Arsenal s lap. Watching the batsman move, Thampi was quick to adjust his line and bowled wider to not let Amla scoop. But this is one game when we haven't been at our best and that happens. "Yes, I did [give up], because it went to Miller and he is one who usually catches them". I think my natural game is like that, it was just about staying out there as long as possible, and if I do that we'll stay in front of the run rate. "Unfortunately in this game, it (the result) didn't go in our favour", he said.More news: AAP govt removes Kapil Mishra as minister inducts 2 new faces
"We have got the winning momentum going and now we need to be consistent and win our next four matches to reach the playoffs".
They would be especially anxious about their inability to defend pretty big scores, as was seen against GL. I am always looking to get good scores for my team. It's just about finding consistency. KXIP's upcoming match in Mohali tomorrow will be against Kolkata Knight Riders. After registering a comprehensive ten-wicket win on their hometurf here a week back against Delhi Daredevils, KXIP pulled off another win against bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru two days ago. Amla was a delight to watch. It was great to see those guys bat like that.
With Gujarat's overseas supplies down to bare rations due to a series of unfortunate injuries, Smith earned automatic selection and didn't disappoint, muscling eight boundaries and four sixes to wrestle the momentum back to the visitors.