Gujarat Lions has been in shambles for the first two matches. Their bowling let them down in first two games against Kolkata Knight Riders in Rajkot and then against Hyderabad, their star batting line-up was exposed by a young leggie named Rashid Khan, who grabbed three wickets. So after two bad games against Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunriser Hyderabad finally Gujarat Lions tasted a win against Rising Pune Supergiants. Gujarat Lions made few changes in their squad for the game against Pune. First good news for them was Ravindra Jadeja coming back after rest and then one inspiring change in bowling, they brought in Andrew Tye in place of an opening batsman Jason Roy which was understandable. Andrew Tye took ht-trick in his first IPL game and that was a booster for Gujarat Lions. Though their Indian bowling line-up was still not as impressive but Andrew Tye’s four overs proved crucial for Gujarat. He bowled a spell of four overs for 17 runs and picked up four wickets.
Now the next match is going to be at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai against Mumbai. Dwayne Bravo’s selection is still uncertain but Ravindra jadeja’s comeback will surely going to help Gujarat Lions against Mumbai.
Against Kolkata Knight Riders, Chris Lynn and Gautam Gambhir together put up a blistering show to power Kolkata to a win inside 15 overs chasing 184. And later in the next game, Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner smashed Gujarat’s bowling to all parts.
In the previous season of IPL, Gujarat Lions were a balanced side, unlike this season, Gujarat Lions won their first game at the Wankhede stadium against Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2016.
Mumbai Indian scored around 140 runs in their first meeting, all thanks to some late hitting by New Zealand pacer Tim Southee and he was the second top scorer of that match after Parthiv Patel.
Though Gujarat also suffered a bit in chasing that target, as they lost seven wickets. In the next meeting at Greenpark in Kanpur , local captain, Suresh Raina’s fifty proved crucial in a run chase of 173.
However, Gujarat have a 100% win record against Mumbai in the previous season.
Recent Form in IPL 2017-
Gujarat Lions- L L W
Mumbai Indians- L W W W
Again the team selection for Gujarat Lions is going to be the biggest talking point in the dressing room. Gujarat so far has failed to find the right balance in their squad.
Nobody would have thought they will go with four openers playing in the same XI. Though, they are still waiting for Bravo to return, they can still try Faulkner in place of Dwayne Smith, and add one more extra Indian batsman.
Dinesh Karthik is in good touch and Suresh Raina will be at his best sooner so this team can become a threatening one soon.
Gujarat Lions XI-
Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina(C), Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik(WK), Ishan Kishan/Akshdeep Nath, Andrew Tye, Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shadab Jakati, Basil Thampi.