Gujrat Lions (GL) will begin their 2017 IPL campaign against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at their home ground Rajkot. This match is supposed to draw a lot of attention toward itself as these two teams have many great players and some young player that will try to impress the fans with their performance. Kolkata Knight Riders are the two-time champions and would love to kick off their campaign with a win away from home.
Last season table topper, Gujrat Lions will be led by Suresh Raina who is one of the most consistent players in the IPL history. Raina has been in the sublime for when it comes to the shortest format of the game and would love to impress the selectors with his performance.
The batting lineup looks very strong for the home team. They have three best opening batsman in the world namely Macullum, Smith and Finch. If all of these three opening batsmen will play then it would problem for the Kolkata bowling unit as they are very destructive batsman when it comes to the shortest format of the game.
The middle order will depend upon captain Raina, Dinesh Kartik, and Jadeja. The bowling line looks little vulnerable as they lack some experience bowler in their lineup. The bowling attack will depend upon like of Praveen Kumar and Dhawal Kulkarni.
On the other hand, the KKR side will be led by Gautam Gambhir. He is one player that has led this team to the title twice with his bat. The batting lineup will have the same face and will depend upon the like of Robbin Utthapa, captain Gautam Gambhir, Yusuf Pathan. This team looks balanced in terms of their bowling and batting attack.
The bowling lineup will depend upon the likes of Tait and Boult which will add to the spice as they have the good pace that could rattle the opponent batting lineup. They also have the likes of Botha, Naraine, and one of the best all-rounders in the world Sakib.
The match will provide a great entertainment for the fans as both the team have the strong batting and bowling attack. There will be some pressure on Gujrat team as they would be playing in their home. They will have the home support and would love to win the match in this home.
GL vs KKR Match details
Match date: 7 April 2017
Match time: 20.00 IST, 14.30 GMT.
Match venue: Rajkot
IPL 2017, Gujarat Lions vs KKR Prediction
Gujarat Lions to win the 3rd match of the IPL season 10.
Expected playing XI:
Gujarat Lions (GL): Brendon McCullum, Jason Roy, Suresh Raina (C), Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik, Akshdeep Nath, James Faulkner, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Shadab Jakati, Shivil Kaushik.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Gautam Gambhir (C), Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Chris Lynn, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Woakes, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine, Trent Boult.