Kings XI Punjab vs Gujarat Lions
It is going to be one of the most evenly matched contests as Kings XI Punjab take on Gujarat Lions in the 47th game of Indian Premier League. Punjab will be focused to win all their remaining to stand a chance to secure their place in the last four of the tournament. While Gujarat will want a special performance from batting lineup to make sure they are well and truly alive in the hunt for the playoffs.
The game will be played at IS Bindra Cricket Stadium in Mohali. The surface helps the fast men while there will be plenty of runs for batsmen who adjust themselves on a pitch that does a bit early on in the innings. The visitors Gujarat Lions have suffered a setback as Brendon McCullum will take no part in the remainder of the league due to hamstring injury so Dwayne Smith might find a place in the side for the coming games. Aaron Finch and Suresh Raina will hold key to Gujarat Lions putting up an imposing total on the board while bowling is the main worry as no bowler has been consistently good except Andrew Tye who injured his shoulder while fielding in a game against Mumbai. Gujarat will be feel dejected after failing to defend 208 runs put on the board after stellar performances by Captain Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik.
Punjab have less problems to deal with as Hashim Amla and Martin Guptill have been good at the top of the innings with Shaun Marsh chipping with crucial runs in games played so far in the competition. Glenn Maxwell will focused his unleash his fury with the bat if Punjab wants to go all the way this season after losing a number of games in middle of the competition. Sandeep Sharma has been superb while Aksar Patel has been top-notch performer for franchise this season for his consistency with bat and ball.