Gujarat Lions have finely won their second game and that too they won over Kolkata Knight Riders at their fortress. They will be high on confidence when they will face Kings XI Punjab in their homeground at Rajkot. Kings XI Punjab on the other hand despite putting a fine display of batting were butchered by Mumbai Indians which also highlighted the weakness in Kings XI Punjab bowling. Gujarat Lions is placed at last in the point table having won only two games out of six where as Kings XI Punjab are currently placed at sixth position winning same amount of game but with a more run rate.
Last time they played: having put the target of 154 on board, Kings XI Punjab displayed a fine bowling spell and restricted Gujarat Lions to 131 for 9 at the end of 20 overs. And Kings XI Punjab went on to win the match by 23runs courtesy great bowling by Mohit Sharma and Axar Patel.
Head to head battle: both team have played two times against each other and in which both have won a single game. So the battle remains on the equal ground and the scoreboard reads KXIP-1 GL-1.
Gujarat Lions: WLLWL
Kings XI Punjab: LLLLW
Gujarat Lions: Dropping Andrew Tye was a surprise move but the inclusion of James Faulkner worked in the teams favor and it was due to Faulkner and Thampi death bowling that Kolkata Knight Riders were not able to cross 200 mark. They will further look to strengthen their bowling by including Andrew Tye in place of Dwayne Smith. Dwayne Bravo is expected to be match fit after two more games.
Probable XI: Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Ishan Kishan, Dwayne Smith/Andrew Tye, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Dhawal Kulkarni, Basil Thampi, Praveen Kumar/Shadab Jakati.
King XI Punjab: despite a loss against Mumbai Indians Kings XI Punjab will not tinker much with the batting line up. Manan Vohra if match fit can return to the squad in place of Gurkeerat Singh Mann. Varun Aaron can be given a game in place of Ishant Sharma.
Probable XI: Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha, Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Singh Mann/ Manan Vohra, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Swapnil Singh, Ishant Sharma/ Varun Aaron.
Players to watch out for:
Axar Patel: having a fine record against Gujarat Lions, Axar Patel will be keen to put up a show with both bat and ball. He has dismissed Brendon McCullum 2 times in total and only given 8 runs in 10 balls against Aaron Finch. He will most probably ball in the powerplay as well.
Where- Saurashtra cricket association ground, Rajkot.
What to expect: the track will be a run fest for sure and a bright sunny day will be a challenge for players.
Toss Prediction: it‘s very simple here, with team winning the toss deciding to bowl first.
Match prediction: Gujrata Lions are looking more positive to win the match though it will be a close contest.
* Place your bets on the chasing team despite whoever chases.
* The match odds for the game are 77-78 Gujarat Lions.