Gujarat Lions Take On Table Toppers Kolkata Knight Riders

KKR has already tweeted a warning to Sunrisers Hyderabad camp ahead of this crucial encounter.

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Gujarat desperately needs a win after losing three successive games. (Photo: IANS)

Gujarat Lions, who have been thrown off from the top spot after three successive losses, will face the challenging task of gathering themselves and bouncing back as they square off against the consistent Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday at Kolkata.

Gujarat, who showed a lot of promise leading the table miles ahead of others, has started wilting at the business end of the tournament and stand the risk of falling by the wayside after suffering a hat-trick of defeats with their five-wicket loss in Hyderabad on Friday.

KKR has already tweeted a warning to Sunrisers Hyderabad camp ahead of this crucial encounter.

Eyeing a record third title, the KKR have been in good form and with four more home matches in the offing, there’s no stopping Gautam Gambhir and Co.

Captain Gambhir has led by example and his successful opening combination with Robin Uthappa has been crucial for the team. The duo put on 101 -- their third century-plus stand -- in their seven-run win against Kings XI Punjab in the previous match.

KKR have four Indians in top five and the likes of Manish Pandey and Suryakumar Yadav too have impressed making it a winning combination to go with the fury of Andre Russell and Yusuf Pathan.

In bowling, Sunil Narine, who missed the last match with a finger injury, may return to action to boost their spin attack.

Mumbai’s Suryakumar Yadav has been very impressive for the Kolkata side (Photo: IANS)
Mumbai’s Suryakumar Yadav has been very impressive for the Kolkata side (Photo: IANS)

As for Gujarat, Suresh Raina is beginning to show signs of struggle, weighed down by the burden of captaincy.

If their top heavy batting comprising the terrific trio of Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Dwayne Smith is a boon, it’s also turning out to be their bane. The trio’s failure has translated into the team’s losses as their Indian combination of Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Dinesh Karthik is hardly making any match-winning impact.

It’s high time that the Team India regular duo of Raina and Jadeja fire down the order to give their batting some depth.

For Gujarat to win, Raina has to lead by example, just like Gautam Gambhir (Photo: IANS)
For Gujarat to win, Raina has to lead by example, just like Gautam Gambhir (Photo: IANS)

Aaron Finch, who has four half centuries and averages 61.75, has been their best batsman this season and dropping him down the order has not helped their cause.

In bowling, chinaman bowler Shivil Kaushik, who has generated much curiosity with his Paul Adams-like action, will look to bring out the best while veteran leg-spinner Pravin Tambe also seems like a good choice in the spin-friendly conditions.

Shivil Kaushik will be a key player in Gujarat bowling line up (Photo: IANS)
Shivil Kaushik will be a key player in Gujarat bowling line up (Photo: IANS)

(With inputs from PTI.)

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