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IPL 2017: Match 47 – Kings XI Punjab v Gujarat Lions – Predicted XI of Gujarat Lions 

IPL 2017: Match 47 – Kings XI Punjab v Gujarat Lions – Predicted XI of Gujarat Lions

Gujarat Lions will look to restore some dignity when they come out to face off Kings XI Punjab in Mohali. Their exit was officially confirmed after the Delhi Daredevils dished out some brutal blows and defeated them by seven wickets.

The new franchise, who ended in the playoffs last season, had a very disappointing time and have only two games remaining excluding the upcoming match before they bow out of the tournament. While knowing that you are already out is never a great thing, they now have some opportunities to play the party spoilers for other teams that are currently in the race for the knockouts.

Previous Encounter:

Lions were on the losing side when they met Kings XI Punjab earlier this season. After putting the opposition to bat first, the Lions’ bowling attack failed to put out an impressive performance.

A super knock from Hashim Amla (65 from 40 balls) and supportive cameos by Shaun Marsh (30 from 24 balls), Glenn Maxwell (31 from 18 balls) and Axar Patel (34 from 17 balls) saw KCIP post 188/7 in 20 overs.

Lions did not show any intent with the bat and managed just 162/7 in 20 overs. Dinesh Kartik (58* from 44) was the only batsman who made some effort to challenge the opposition.

Recent form:

L L L W L (Most recent first)

Talking Points:

Injury to Brendon McCullum has come as a bad news for the Lions. He will miss the rest of the Indian Premier League season after suffering a hamstring strain against Delhi Daredevils. The 35-year-old was currently the 2nd highest run-scorer for the Gujarat Lions in 2017 with 320 runs from 11 outings. His absence will be felt.

Apart from that forced change, Raina would not like to change his lineup much. The XI which played against DD might have lost two in the row, but it is also the best possible combination Raina has at his disposal.

There is scope for experiments though. It would be exciting to see Ishan Kishan open the innings in the absence of McCullum along with Aaron Finch. Pushing Dwayne Smith down the order will no affect the team line-up much.

Predicted XI:

Ishan Kishan, Aaron Finch, Suresh Raina (C), Dinesh Kartik (WK), Dwayne Smith, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Nathu Singh, Basil Thampi, Ankit Soni

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