IPL 2017: Match 3: Gujarat Vs Kolkata

PL 2017: Match 3: Gujarat Vs Kolkata

Rajkot, April 6: Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will hope to enhance their record against Gujarat Lions (GL) and begin their Indian Premier League (IPL) battle with a win when the two sides meet at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Friday (April 7). 

In 2016, KKR lost both their matches to the Lions with the Suresh Raina-skippered establishment enlisting an agreeable six-wicket triumph here. 

PL 2017: Match 3: Gujarat Vs Kolkata

Subsequent to limiting the Gautam Gambhir-drove Knight Riders to a person on foot 124/8 in 20 overs, the Lions simply lost four wickets in their run pursue with Raina driving from the front with an unbeaten 53. (KKR plan) 

At the Eden Gardens prior last season, the Lions had won by five wickets. 

Riding on a superlative group arrange execution, Lions beat the focuses table just to return second best in both the qualifiers against Royal Challengers Bangalore and inevitable champions Sunrisers Hyderabad. 

PL 2017: Match 3: Gujarat Vs Kolkata

KKR then again, completed fourth in the association arrange, losing to Sunrisers in the eliminator. 

This season, while the Lions will hope to exceed their first spell, which was, definitely, a fruitful one, KKR would pull no punches in performing superior to anything last time where their visit was set apart by irregularity. 

Lions have a top-overwhelming look to their batting lineup with any semblance of Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Aaron Finch, Suresh Raina, and Dinesh Karthik anticipated that would begin. 

PL 2017: Match 3: Gujarat Vs Kolkata

To place things into viewpoint, the Lions were the main group a year ago to score at least 70 in the Powerplay - an accomplishment they accomplished four times. 

Five of their batsmen - Raina, Finch, McCullum, Karthik and Smith - collected more than 300 runs. None of their adversaries had more than three batsmen who collected 300 or more. 

Be that as it may, on Friday, Lions will miss the administrations of West Indian T20 master all-rounder Dwayne Bravo who is harmed and man-of-the-arrangement in the India-Australia Test arrangement Ravindra Jadeja who is cooling his heels after a long Test season. 

PL 2017: Match 3: Gujarat Vs Kolkata

The Lions will stick trusts on Karthik who was the foundation of Tamil Nadu's accomplishment in the Vijay Hazare and Deodhar Trophy where they completed champs. 

Karthik amassed 854 keeps running in 12 innings - the fourth-most noteworthy in a List A season in India. 

He scored up match-winning hundreds of years in both finals, notwithstanding four half-hundreds of years in his last nine 50-over recreations. 

Jadeja will be enormously missed in the underlying stages. The World No 1 Test bowler - who had poor returns of eight wickets from 40.1 overs last season - packed away 71 wickets in 13 home Tests - the third-most noteworthy ever in a season - and scored 556 runs. 

PL 2017: Match 3: Gujarat Vs Kolkata

Going to the away side, Andre Russell, who is as of now serving out a one-year boycott for a doping-code infringement, will leave KKR gouged. 

Considered "basic" by skipper Gambhir, the husky West Indian allrounder scored 188 keeps running in 12 coordinates the last term, all the more critically scalping 15 wickets at a mean normal of 19.40. 

Albeit newcomer Rovman Powell, an indispensable gear-tooth in Jamaica Tallawah's title-win in the Caribbean Premier League, is depicted as Russell's substitution, the enormous hitting new kid on the block will know he has huge shoes to fill. 

New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme supplant Russell a couple days back. 

KKR's quality this time lies in a critical position of the group. With any semblance of England allrounder Chris Woakes and Kiwi pacer Trent Boult being restricted in, and a decent blend of local batsmen in Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey and bad habit chief Suryakumar Kumar, the men in purple are relied upon to do well. 

In Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan, at present the world's best allrounder overall arrangements, and spinners Sunil Narine and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav they have the stockpile to benefit as much as possible from moderate and low wickets particularly at home. 

Shakib, however, Shakib's will him miss the opening match because of national group responsibilities in Sri Lanka. 

The pace battery with in-shape India pacer Umesh Yadav, Boult, Woakes and Powell among others, additionally looks superior to anything past seasons. 

Generally speaking, it stays to be seen which groups improve begin to the tenth release of the money rich association. For KKR, a win out and about will do their certainty a ton of good. 

Gujarat Lions: James Faulkner, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Aaron Finch, Dwayne Smith, Andrew Tye, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Ishan Kishan, Pradeep Sangwan, Shivil Kaushik, Shadab Jakati, Jaydev Shah, Jason Roy, Chirag Suri, Basil Thampi, Manpreet Gony, Nathu Singh, Tejas Singh Baroka, Munaf Patel, Akash Deep Nath, Shubham Agarwal. Pratham Singh, Shelley Shaurya. 

PL 2017: Match 3: Gujarat Vs Kolkata

Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Gautam Gambhir, Kuldeep Singh Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldon Jackson, Singh Rajpoot, Trent Boult, Chris Woakes, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rovman Powell, Darren Bravo, Rishi Dhawan, R Sanjay Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Sayan Ghosh, Colin de Grandhomme.

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