GL vs KKR, 3rd Match – IPL Preview
When: Gujarat Lions vs Kolkata Knight Riders, April 7, 08:00 PM IST
Where: Saurashtra Cricket Association Ground, Rajkot
What to expect: A high-scoring game is on the cards with not much help for the bowlers from the track. An 8 pm start means players, fans and those involved can expect slightly cooler temperatures in the mid 30s.
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.
KKR have won their opening encounters in the last four seasons while Lions won theirs in 2016.
Expected XI: Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina (capt), Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ishan Kishan, James Faulkner, Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shivil Kaushik, Shahdab Jakati/Nathu Singh.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Expected XI: Robin Uthappa (wk), Gautam Gambhir (capt), Manish Pandey, Chris Lynn, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Woakes, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Trent Boult, Kuldeep Yadav.