Gujarat Lions Vs Kolkata Knight Riders 3rd Match of IPL 10
Kolkata Knight Riders
Question in detailGujarat Lions Vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajkot, 3rd match: A squad studded with some of the world's most explosive batsmen, Gujarat looks good to go the distance this IPL season. In the ninth edition as well, they exceeded the expectations paving their way to the playoff round with ease. Despite joining the tournament in 2016 as a fresh side, Lions finished top of the table ahead of many established teams like SRH, RCB and KKR. While spectators were expecting the debutant side to take at least one season to settle down, Lions took many by storm winning 9 out of 14 games last year.
Though they breezed past the league stage successfully, desperate losses in the qualifier and the second play-off put paid to the momentum going with them. Crashing out of the tournament inches away from the finish-line was like a bitter pill to swallow. Nonetheless, it must have taught them some good lessons on how hard it could be to sustain the momentum towards the business end of such a long tournament. And this year, Lions look more prepared and have more chances to become the winner of GL Vs KKR match.
They finished the bidding war with some good buys to strengthen their batting and bowling line-ups. With Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Suresh Raina and Dwayne Smith already in their roster, Jason Roy (GL's highest bid) comes as a welcome addition. Other than this, they bought Basil Thampi, Manpreet Gony, Nathu Singh, Munaf Patel, Chirag Suri, Shelley Shaurya, Shubham Agrawal, Tejas Baroka, Pratham Singh and Akshsdeep Nath. On the whole, Lions put up a strong batting line-up on paper. They will bank upon their top order to become the winner of GL Vs KKR match.
Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, represent themselves a team of two tales. Having had a poor start to their campaign last year, Riders bounced back hard make it to the playoff round. KKR's ideal playing XI for Gujarat Lions Vs Kolkata Knight Riders first match could be as: Gautam Gambhir (c), Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa, Suryakumar Yadav, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Chris Woakes, Sunil Narine, Trent Boult, Umesh Yadav, Piyush Chawla/Kuldeep Yadav
They look a good bowling side on paper. However, in the batting department, they are far from where Gujarat Lions currently stand. Trent Boult and Umesh Yadav sharpen KKR's pace attack. While Chris Woakes comes as permanent bowling option, Yusuf Pathan can be used as a backup bowler in the middle overs. Sunil Narine, the spin magician has been pivotal to most KKR's wins. When he is in mood, batsmen have nothing much to do with bat.
Who between Gujarat Lions and Kolkata Knight Riders is your favorite in Rajkot?