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Motivated by the morale-boosting four-wicket win against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their last Indian Premier League (IPL) match, Gujarat Lions will be aiming to keep the momentum going when they face Kings XI Punjab at home on Sunday.

The Lions rode on skipper Suresh Raina's brilliant 46-ball-84 at the Eden Gardens on Friday to their second victory of the season while Kings XI will be eager to end their four-match losing streak at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.

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Mumbai Indians rode on destructive half centuries from Englishman Jos Buttler and young Nitish Rana to thrash Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by eight wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 encounter at the Holkar Cricket Stadium here on Thursday.

Buttler's 37-ball 77, laced with seven fours and five huge sixes and Rana's unbeaten 31-ball 54, comprising seven mammoth punches over the rope, outshone South African star Hashim Amla's maiden T20 century for Kings XI, as the visitors overhauled the massive target of 199, with more than four overs to spare.

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Two-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI) will look to continue their sublime run when they take on struggling Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Holkar Stadium on Thursday.

Sitting in second spot with four wins in five matches, Mumbai seemed superior on the current form and paper as in contrast, Punjab have lost their last three matches in the league. The only concern that will bother Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai is their top-order, which has drastically failed to give the good starts in the cash-rich tournament so far. However, Mumbai's middle-order batsmen, especially Nitish Rana, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya, have been in their prime form.

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Opening batsman David Warner (70 not out) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (5/19) dazzled for Sunrisers Hyderabad as they withstood Manan Vohra's plundering 95 to pip Kings XI Punjab by five runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) contest in Hyderabad on Monday.

Warner's 70 not out lifted Hyderabad to 159/6 in 20 overs. In reply, opener Vohra single-handedly took Punjab on the brink of victory but his 50-ball knock, featuring nine fours and five sixes, couldn't prevent the visitors from being bowled out for 154 in 19.4 overs.

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Returning from an eight-wicket drubbing at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Kings XI Punjab will face a daunting task when they take on a resurgent Delhi Daredevils (DD) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday.

Delhi's confidence got a major boost after the massive 97-run victory against Rising Pune Supergiants on Tuesday, thanks to an all-round show from the likes of centurion Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, skipper Zaheer Khan and leg-spinner Amit Mishra.

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Kolkata Knight Riders rode on skipper Gautam Gambhir and surprise opener Sunil Narine's heroics to register a facile eight-wicket win with 21 balls to spare over Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Eden Gardens on Thursday.

Chasing 171 for victory after asking Kings XI to bat first, Gambhir (72, 49b; 11x4) notched up his 33rd IPL fifty to guide his team through for their second win in three matches. Gambhir, in the process, equaled the record of most half-centuries in IPL history along with Sunrisers Hyderabad's David Warner. Manish Pandey (25, 16b; 2x4, 1x6) hit a six off Marcus Stoinis for the winning runs. Narine (37; 18b 4x4 3x6), who opened the batting much to everyone's surprise along with Gambhir, vindicated his team's decision by helping the hosts get off to a great start.

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Kings XI Punjab rode on a solid batting performance by Hashim Amla and skipper Glenn Maxwell to thrash Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by eight wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Monday.

Chasing a 149-run target, Punjab were boosted by an unbeaten half-century by experienced opener Amla and a power-packed innings by Maxwell lower down the order and crossed the line with 33 balls to spare. Amla batted through the innings and remained unbeaten on 58 runs off 38 deliveries, hitting four boundaries and three sixes along the way. Maxwell played a typically explosive innings, smashing 43 runs off 22 balls with three boundaries and four massive hits into the stands.

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