After a break of four days, Gujarat Lions are back to lock horns with Rising Pune Supergiant. Both are the newest of the franchise in Indian Premier league and this year both teams are struggling to find a momentum to go through. Especially Gujarat Lions who have lost both their games due to their poor bowling show. On the other hand, Rising Pune Supergiant is slightly ahead by winning one match out of their three contests. In the last match, they were thrashed by Delhi daredevils by a huge margin. Both teams are placed in the lowest two seats of the table and would love to gain some momentum. Ravindra Jadeja and Steven Smith both would be back to their respective teams and this a positive sign for the team.
Last time they played: Rising Pune Supergiant despite putting up a total of 195 for 3 at the end of their innings courtesy to a fine century by Steven smith were on the losing side. Gujarat Lions chased the target on the last ball to cross the hurdle and won by 3 wickets. Mccullum, Raina, and Smith were the main stars with the bat.
Head to head battle: Both teams are new to the Indian Premier league and have only played twice against each other and both times Gujarat Lions were the winners. Scorecard reads Gujarat Lions-2 Rising Pune Supergiant-0.
Rising Pune Supergiant: LLWWW
Gujarat Lions: LLLLW
Gujarat Lions: Last season table toppers Gujarat Lions are searching for a win this year and in both the games they performed terribly with the ball to be on the losing side. With Ravindra Jadeja back in the side bowling as well as batting will get little strengths. Heath Streak their head bowling coach said that they would like to strengthen their bowling more which means James Faulkner or Andrew Tye could get a game in place of Aaron Finch. Gujarat’s bowling this season have been so weak that they have only claimed one wicket in two matches. Ravindra Jadeja inclusion will mean Shivil Kaushik can be axed from the squad.
Probable XI: Brendon Mccullum, Jason Roy, Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Smith, Aaron Finch/ James Faulkner/ Andrew Tye, Ravindra Jadeja, Praveen Kumar, Dhaval Kulkarni/Nathu Singh, Munaf Patel/Pradeep Sangwan, Shivil Kaushik
Rising Pune Supergiant: the last match they were thrashed by Delhi Daredevils and their full-time captain was not playing due to the stomach bug. Steven Smith will return to the team in place of Faf Du Plessis and Daniel Christian is likely to get a game in place of Adam Zampa. Manoj Tiwary availability is still in question if so Rahul Tripathi could get a game more. Ashok Dinda was expensive again and this time he might have to sit on the bench.
Probable XI: Mayank Agarwal, Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith, MS Dhoni, Ben Stokes, Rajat Bhatia, Manoj Tiwary/Rahul Tripathi, Deepak Chahar, Daniel Christian/Adam Zampa, Jaydev Unadkat/Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir.
Players in the spotlight:
Ravindra Jadeja: Jadeja was in extraordinary form with the ball in test matches and his return to IPL after a rest of two matches will be interesting to watch that how he bowls.
Imran Tahir: The spin friendly Rajkot track will help Imran Tahir to bowl his leg-spin and it would be interesting to see how he performs.
Match Prediction: Gujarat Lions are winless this season till now and there are 70% chances of Gujarat Lions being the winner of the game.
- Don’t place heavy bets on only one team but make a cut in between the two teams.
- Six over session will be a high scoring one from both the sides.