Kings XI Punjab have slightly rose their hope of making it to playoffs but their way to reach it is a tough one. With 10 points in 10 games, they are now left on the mercy of luck as well as performance. They will have to either win all four matches or will have to pray for Sunrisers Hyderabad lose more of their matches. They are going to face Gujarat Lions which seems little bit easy compared to their further tasks. After that they are scheduled to face three table toppers in three games which makes their way to the playoffs a little difficult. Gujarat Lions on the other hand have nothing to lose, they are already being eliminated. With Jason Roy, Brendon McCullum, Andrew Tye all out from the team line up, their worries have broadened. They would love to end their last few matches on a high and gain some points to get a respectable finish in this season. Gujarat Lions were the table toppers of the previous season but this time they are placed seventh and have been eliminated from the Indian premier league already.
Last time they played: riding on Amla batting Kings XI Punjab posted a total of 188 runs on board, Gujarat Lions fell short of the target by 26 runs. This was the first victory of Kings XI Punjab over Gujarat Lions in Indian premier league.
Head to head battle: both teams have played 3 games against each other, two in previous season and one in this. Gujarat Lions have won 2 games while Kings XI Punjab were winner in one of them.
Kings XI Punjab: WWLWL
Gujarat Lions: LLLWL
Kings XI Punjab: there is no need to tinker much with a line-up after winning two consecutive games, Kings XI Punjab are unlikely to make any changes to their current squad.
Probable XI: Hashim Amla, Martin Guptill, Manan Vohra, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, wridhimann Saha, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Varun Aaron, The Natarajan.
Gujarat Lions: if somebody’s luck have gone completely away than it should be Gujarat Lions, with Brendon McCullum ruled out after hamstring injury Lions have been further dented. In the absence of McCullum either Ishan Kishan or Aaron Finch will open the batting. And UAE cricketer Chirag Suri or Akshdeep Nath could get a game as there is lack of batsman in the line-up. Irfan Pathan or Praveen Kumar could get a game to strengthen their bowling attack.
Probable XI: Ishan Kishan, Aaron Finch, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Smith, James Faulkner, Chirag Suri/Akshdeep Nath, Ravindra Jadeja, Pradeep Sangwan/Irfan Pathan, Dinesh Karthik, Ankit Soni, Basil Thampi.
Players in the Spotlight:
Hashim Amla: last time match winner against Gujarat Lions, Hashim Amla have been scoring runs for his team but from last two games his bat has been silent. He would love to score few more runs and increase the chances of qualifying.
Suresh Raina: in the absence of Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina will have to step up to perform and rescue his team. He have nothing to lose except ending the season on high both for himself and team.
What: Kings XI Punjab vs Gujarat Lions, 7th May, 20:00 IST
Where: Punjab cricket association stadium, Mohali
What to expect: there is no chances of rain and temperature would be on the cooler side as game starts late. Pitch will favor bowlers early on and would be better as the game progresses.
Toss Prediction: chasing is always on card here, team winning the toss will definitely choose to bowl first.
Match Prediction: Gujarat Lions have been dented by absence of stars, and Kings XI Punjab are looking as the favourite to win the match.
* Six over session in second innings should be choosed between 45-50 runs.
* Match odds for the game are 79-80 KXIP.