IPL 10 Third Match: Gujarat Lions VS. Kolkata Knight Riders

IPL 10 Match Fixtures are out and so is the exhilaration among the Cricket enthusiasts. 2017 Indian Premier League will begin from 5 April 2017 and finish on 21 May 2017. While the first match will be played between the current champions Sunrisers Hyderabad, and last year runner-ups Royal Challengers Bangalore on 5th April, the third match will be played between the newly team Gujarat Lions, and one of the most successful teams of the Indian Premier League- Kolkata Knight Riders. The match will be held on 7th April on the home ground of Gujarat Lions, i.e. Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot. Both the teams qualified to the playoffs last year, hence this is going to be quite a tough competition. Who will win? We’ll find out once we go through the stats! Let’s have a look!

Gujarat Lions: Loaded with Zeal

Gujarat Lions might be a temporary team in the Indian Premier League, but it proved to be one of the strongest teams in the previous season of IPL. The team was placed on the top position before the play-offs, but unfortunately lost it in both the matches of the play-offs, and finished on the 3rdspot in the league. The lions seemed charged up this season as well, and are indeed one of the most powerful teams who could win the title this year. Let’s have a look at the dynamic squad of Gujarat Lions.

The Likely First XI of Gujarat Lions
SR No. Name of the Player Player Rating
1 Suresh Raina (Captain) 8.5/10
2 Dinesh Karthik (Wicket Keeper) 8/10
3 Brendon McCullum 8/10
4 Jason Ray 7.5/10
5 Dwayne Bravo 8/10
6 Ravindra Jadeja 8.5/10
7 Ishan Kishan 7/10
8 James Faulkner 8/10
9 Dhawal Kulkarni 7.5/10
10 Shivil Kaushik 7/10
11 Nathu Singh 7/10
Total Overall Team Rating 8/10

Kolkata Knight Riders: Win this Time or Not?

Kolkata Knight Riders tumbled in the initial years of the Indian Premier League and struggled much. But the team got back on track in the recent years, and clinched the IPL Winning title twice, for the first time in 2012, and the next time in 2014. This makes Kolkata Knight Riders one of the most successful teams of the much-celebrated Cricket League in the world. The team performed good last year, and finished on the 4th spot in the Points table. Let’s have a look at the likely first XI of the Kolkata Knight Riders.

The Likely First XI of Kolkata Knight Readers
SR No. Name of the Player Player Rating
1 Gautam Gambhir (Leading Run-Scorer of Kolkata Knight Riders, so far) 8.5/10
2 Manish Pandey 7.5/10
3 Robin Uthappa (Wicket Keeper) 7/10
4 Yusuf Pathan 7.5/10
5 Shakib Al Hasan 8/10
6 Suryakumar Yadav 6/10
7 Piyush Chawla 6.5/10
8 Woakes/Powell 6/10
9 Umesh Yadav 8/10
10 Sunil Narine(Leading Wicket-Taker of Kolkata Knight Riders, so far) 8.5/10
11 Trent Boult 8/10
Total Overall Team Rating 7/10

Competition between Gujarat Lions and Kolkata Knight Riders will be head-to-head. Both the teams performed quite well in the last season. As per the overall ranking and rating, team Gujarat Lions seem to be more powerful than Kolkata Knight Riders and the Lions are more likely to win- not only this particular match, but the IPL 10 as well.