One of the most consistent team in the history of the Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders head in to the tenth edition of the tournament with opposition Gujarat lions which is last year’s new recruit. They have a 2-3 win-loss record in IPL matches in Rajkot and they beat KKR in both matches of last season. So, this is going to be deadliest competition between these two teams.
Here are 7 sneak preview of IPL 2017 third match
#1 IPL’s third match of this year is between Gujarat Lions Vs Kolkata Knight riders. Gujarat Lions strong batting line-up and the only team last year to score 70 or more in the powerplay, right next to them were the Kolkata Knight Riders, two-time champions in IPL.
#2 The Two well-balanced sides will meet for the third encounter of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 today 8pm at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot.
#3 GL’s likely XI: Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Suresh Raina , Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik (wk), James Faulkner, Ishan Kishan, Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shubham Agrawal, Munaf Patel.
#4 Gujarat Lions: Expect the hosts to stick to what worked for them last time around. It means that Roy will have to wait for his opportunity while James Faulkner will walk into the playing XI as the all-rounder.
#5 KKR likely XI: Gautam Gambhir (c), Robin Uthappa (wk), Manish Pandey, Chris Lynn, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Trent Boult, Shakil Al Hasan, Sunil Narine.
#6 Kolkata Knight Riders: They added Trent Boult to their squad this time to improve their death bowling and expect the New Zealand pacer to play a big role. With Shakib al Hasan, who is in Sri Lanka for the final Twenty20 International against the hosts, yet to join, it becomes a very straightforward choice for the visitors on which four overseas players they want to play.
#7 Last year’s new recruit Gujarat Lions (GL) will face off with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to start off their last campaign of T20 gala. Gujarat Lions have a 2-3 win-loss record in IPL matches in Rajkot. They beat KKR in both matches last season. Gautam Gambhir has scored a fifty thrice in his first match of a season. While KKR have won their opening encounters in the last four seasons while Lions won theirs in 2016.
Suresh Raina (cp), Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Aaron Finch, Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Andrew Tye, Ishan Kishan, Pradeep Sangwan, Shivil Kaushik, Shadab Jakati, Jaydev Shah. Jason Roy, Basil Thampy, Manpreet Gony, Shubam Agarwal, Tejas Singh Baroka, Chirag Suri, Pratham Singh, Shelley Shaurya.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Gautam Gambhir (c), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav (vc), Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Rajpoot.
Gujarat Lions: Brendon McCullum and Aaron Finch
Aaron finch is stellar batsman from Australia and Brendon McCullum is robust batsman from New-Zealand. The rakish opener with the company of an equally explosive Brendon McCullum, can turn the heat on the opposition in the first few overs.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Captain Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa
The Kolkata outfit boasts of the seasoned opening pair of captain Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa. There is no replacing the much reliable pair of Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa from the opening slot. The pair were not successful in the last season, but no one can doubt their credentials looking at the past records.
According to us Gujarat lions will hold an edge.
- Home ground is a big advantage for Gujarat lions because they will be hugely encouraged by the audience.
- They have swash buckling batting line up as there team includes daring batsman like Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, James Faulkner and Dwayne Bravo who can easily smash the deadly bowlers of KKR.
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