Kolkata Knight Riders vs Gujarat Lions
Kolkata Knight Riders are in great form after winning four games out of five matches played in the Indian Premier League 2017. The two-time Champions have lost only won game and will be determined to continue their rich vein of form as they on Gujarat Lions who are reeling at the last place in the points table. The game is scheduled to be played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata in the only game to be played on Friday.
In the previous game, Kolkata once again came out on top against Delhi Daredevils due to splendid batting produced by Manish Pandey. Yusuf Pathan also proved to be perfect foil for Pandey as they chased down the score to go top of points table in the Indian Premier League. The sides have faced earlier this season as Kolkata destroyed Gujarat Lions by ten wickets courtesy of record-breaking stand of 184 runs between Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn. Robin Uthappa also has chipped with crucial performances for Kolkata in this season.
Gujarat Lions batting is their strength as Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Aaron Finch are players that have done well in games played so far in the competition. Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik have also score runs in the games for Gujarat Lions. Jason Roy has not set the world alight while Ishant Kishan has shown immense talent after showcasing his batting abilities in the last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. The side needs to produce a collective effort to end their losing streak. It will not easy for Gujarat as Kolkata holds a superior attack with Umesh Yadav, Nathan Coulter Nile and Kuldeep Yadav all doing well in the game played this season.
While Gujarat Lions might include James Faulkner to add more strength bowling lineup and add more firepower along with Andrew Tye to a bowling attack that has looked lackluster to say the least. Lets see who comes out top in the game i.e Kolkata Knight Riders vs Gujarat Lions.