IPL 2017

Preview: M23 – KKR vs GL

Preview: M23 - KKR vs GL


21 April 2017, 2000 Hrs IST


Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Head to Head

When these teams met earlier this season, KKR romped to a 10-wicket victory – courtesy Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn’s record-breaking unbeaten 184-run opening partnership. Batting first, the Lions posted 183-4 riding on Suresh Raina’s unbeaten 68, which the visitors chased down quite comfortably in 14.5 overs.

Overall: Matches played – 3, Kolkata Knight Riders won – 1, Gujarat Lions won – 2

Team News:

Kolkata Knight Riders

The Knight Riders are expected to go in with the same eleven, barring one shuffle that they have made time and again. It could once again be a toss-up between Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav. However, KKR would be tempted to go in for the young chinaman bowler, who picked up McCullum and Finch in their previous outing in what was also a tidy spell.

Probable XI: Gautam Gambhir, Colin de Grandhomme, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Woakes, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav/Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Umesh Yadav

Gujarat Lions

Gujarat Lions are a desperate bunch at the moment, with a plethora of changes playing on their mind to finally hit upon a winning streak. They would be brave to promote Ishan Kishan ahead of Jadeja in the batting order, trusting the young man to notch up a quickfire cameo like the last game. While Thampi walks into the eleven, the other Indian pacer is a big question mark. Going by experience and his past record at Eden against the same opposition, Praveen Kumar might be tried yet again. In what could be a lottery approach towards picking their spinner, the Lions could return to Jakati’s experience and leave out the ineffective Shivil Koushik.

Probable XI: Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Aaron Finch, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Andrew Tye, Praveen Kumar, Basil Thampi, Shadab Jakati

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