IPL 2017 – Match 47 – Kings XI Punjab Vs Gujarat Lions – KXIP Predicted XI
Just when you thought that things are certainly over for the Kings XI Punjab, they manage to win a game out of nowhere and carry on with their unpredictable ways.
This time around as well, the story has been something similar for the Punjabis, after they pulled off a heist in Bangalore against the Royal Challengers, defending just a paltry 138.
Placed in a tricky spot with 10 points in as many games, the Kings XI need at least three more wins to certify their qualification for the playoffs. Doing so will surely not be easy, but against the out of form Gujarat Lions side, that has just lost Brendon McCullum to injury, it is their best possible chance of earning two points.
The two teams met previously on the 23rd of April in Rajkot which witnessed a rather one-sided victory for the Kings XI. Batting first, the visitors, on the back of a fluent half-century from Hashim Amla, got to a reasonable total of 188. The total included a vital cameo from Axar Patel lower down the order, as his knock of 34 turned out to be integral.
For the Lions, the chase never really got going and it was just Dinesh Karthik who displayed some steel in the middle with his valiant half century. Nevertheless, the Kings XI comprehensively won the game by 26 runs.
Recent form this season:
KXIP: W, W, L, W, L
GL: L, L, L, W, L
Sandeep Sharma has been a consistent performer for the Kings XI over a really long span now, as he has bowled some awe-inspiring spells. He proved his calibre yet again when he got rid of the deadly trio of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in Bangalore to derail the chase for the hosts. Another fine bowling performance from the youngster will definitely put the side in a better position.
One member, who’s contributions have gone unnoticed has been Axar Patel. Axar has transformed from a plain left arm spinner into a value for money all-rounder, who can hit some lusty blows lower down the order. Throughout the season, Axar has played some crucial knocks in the last few overs of the game that have eventually turned out to be decisive.
KXIP Predicted XI:
- H. Amla 2. S. Marsh 3. M. Guptill 4. M. Vohra 5. G. Maxwell (c) 6. W. Saha (wk) 7. A. Patel 8. M. Sharma 9. S. Sharma 10. V. Aaron 11. I. Sharma.
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