Third match of Vivo Indian Premier League 2017 has been scheduled to play between Gujarat Lions and Kolkata Knight Riders on 7th April. Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot to host GL vs KKR match-3 of IPL 2017 from 8:00 PM IST.
2012 and 2014 Indian Premier League winning team Kolkata Knight Riders are set to meet Gujarat Lions in their first match of 2017-IPL season. Gautam Gambhir will be leading the side once again and KKR team will hope that they’d play good cricket in the opening game of tournament to get things on the way of 3rd IPLT20 trophy.
KKR has got balanced side with some smart purchases in IPL 2017 players auction. Trent Boult, Chris Woakes and Nathan-Coulter Nile were bought by Kolkata in the auction. These are key bowlers in Knight Riders roster along with Narine, Shakib, Umesh and Chawla.
Batting has got some exciting stars with decent strike rates. Gambhir and Uthappa have been doing great for KKR in the opening and will look to repeat in the 10th season as well. Manish Pandey, Chris Lynn, Yusuf Pathan and Suryakumar Yadav are the key batsmen in middle overs. All eyes will be on young Ishan Jaggi who has got so much attention from skipper Gambhir for his domestic batting season.
On the other hand, Second IPL playing team Gujarat Lions look quite strong and balanced side just like previous edition. Suresh Raina is the skipper of side which has got destructive batsmen like Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Jason Roy and Dwayne Smith. Two out of these will open the innings. McCullum and Finch/Smith are the prime choices for GL opening pair.
Suresh Raina. wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik and all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and James Faulkner are the crucial players in middle overs for Gujarat Lions in the match.
Suresh Raina (Captain), James Faulkner, Brendon McCullum, Ishan Kishan, Munaf Patel, Jason Roy, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dwayne Bravo, Shadab Jakati, Manpreet Gony, Jaydev Shah, Shubham Agrawal, Pradeep Sangwan, Basil Thampy, Shivil Kaushik, Aaron Finch, Pratham Singh, Nathu Singh, Praveen Kumar, Akashdeep Nath, Andrew Tye, Dinesh Karthik, Chirag Suri, Tejas Singh Baroka, Dwayne Smith, Shelly Shaurya.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Gautam Gambhir (Captain), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Rovman Powell, Manish Pandey, Sunil Narine, Sheldon Jackson, Trent Boult, Darren Bravo, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Sayan Ghosh, Piyush Chawla, Chris Woakes, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Singh Yadav, Rishi Dhawan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Suryakumaar Yadav, R. Sanjay Yadav, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, Rishi Dhawan, Ishan Jaggi.
Win Percent: Gujarat Lions is looking strong against Kolkata Knight Riders in the 3rd match of IPL-10. As per our predictions, GL has got 58 percent win chances over KKR.
Predicted Score: The projected score at SCA stadium can be around 160 while batting first in the third match of Vivo IPL 2017 on 7th April.