Gujarat Lions vs Kolkata Knight Riders:
We have a big and crucial match here when the 2 big teams will clash against each other and the winner will have a very bright chance of going through the next round. Its Kolkata Knight Riders who will take on the Gujarat Lions in an all-important clash. Match will be played at Green Park, Kanpur. The big match will start at 7:30 PM Pakistan Standard time.
Starting from the Gujarat Lions side who have played a very decent tournament so far but the way they have played their last few matches it was quite heartbreaking for them. The way they lost to RCB by a big margin and the chances are blurred of going into the final 4. Gujarat mostly relied on their batsmen especially on their openers. Their openers started the tournament in a blistering way but as soon both the openers lost their form the whole batting line up got flopped and GL started losing matches. A big blow for Gujarat was their captain Suresh Raina who always played IPL at its best but this time he didn’t played the way he used to and couldn’t score regularly for his side. Dinesh Karthik was the other who didn’t play very well this year and couldn’t got his form back. Now their batsmen surely need to be much more responsible and have to play their part in batting to win the remaining matches for his side. They have a lot of very good bowlers in their team but the way they performed in the last match it is quite obvious that they will be in pressure and have to deal by performing well in the last games. GL have just 2 matches left but they have a very low NRR and for this they need to win their 2 matches and for this their captain have to lead his side by example and the bowlers also need to contribute well for the team.
Coming towards the KKR side who also need a desperate win if they want to qualify. They are at no 3 in the points table but another loss can certainly throw them out of the top 4 teams. Kolkata as a whole is still a very good side. They have some attacking batsmen and some really quality bowler but now they are in pressure and certainly need to get out of the pressure and try to win their remaining matches. Gautam Gambhir who was in terrific form is not playing consistently in his last few matches and surely needs to hit back and answer his critics with his bat. Robin Uthappa who always played a very crucial role in the victories of KKR also didn’t played very well this season. There are some news regarding Andre Russell who got unfit in his last match and might he not play in this match. Sunil Narine is bowling very well and his role in the upcoming matches will be very important for Kolkata.
Match will be in Kanpur and the pitch is quite flat and dry. There is a little chance of rain in the match but hopefully we will see a full match.