Kings XI Punjab will face Gujarat Lions in the 47th encounter of IPL 2017 at Mohali on Sunday night. The Lions are no more in the run for play-offs but when it comes to Kings XI Punjab – they are still very much alive in the tournament. On the previous occasion these two teams met in IPL 10, Kings XI Punjab ended on the winning side. Which out of the two has a great chance to win tonight? Let’s have a look!
Kings XI Punjab: Strengths
Kings XI Punjab are coming off two consecutive wins in their last two games against Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore respectively. They are riding high on confidence as every now and then some or the other player comes up with a match defining knock. Against RCB – it was Axar Patel’s excellent cameo that helped Kings XI Punjab thump RCB at M. Chinnaswamy in Bengaluru. Besides, his batting effort, Axar Patel also bowled a fine spell picking three wickets while defending.
Young Sandeep Sharma has been mighty impressive when it comes to bowling in the powerplay. The young swing sensation picked 4 wickets against Delhi and bagged three huge wickets of Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli at Chinnaswamy – he became the first bowler in history of IPL to dismiss these three RCB stars in the same match.
Kings XI Punjab: Weaknesses
Unpredictable – Kings XI Punjab is an unpredictable side as they tend to often come up with disappointing performances when there are huge expectations of them. Glenn Maxwell has disappointed his fans after playing a couple of impressive knocks early in the season. In the last few games, Maxwell has failed to get going and his strike rate has been on the lower side. Perhaps, the pressure of captaincy is the reason why he has failed to express himself completely.
Gujarat Lions: Strengths
Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik amongst runs – Gujarat’s middle order has done bulk of the scoring for them in IPL season 10. Against Delhi, Raina and Karthik stitched in a huge partnership for the third wicket as a result of which the Lions ended up with a score of 200-plus. Apart from Raina and DK, another batsman who has caught everyone’s eye is young Ishan Kishan. His fearless approach makes him an entertaining player and he’s someone who can play for team India in future.
Gujarat Lions: Weaknesses
If compared to other teams in IPL 10, you can say Gujarat’s bowling is the weakest of all. With AJ Tye out of the tournament due an injury, other bowlers haven’t taken the responsibility of taking wickets and restricting batsmen. Even though Lions batsmen have posted huge totals in the first innings, the bowlers haven’t been able to defend down those huge totals right throughout the tournament. Basil Thampi has bowled exceptionally but rest of their bowlers have not given him the required support. Jadeja who’s India’s leading all-rounder in Tests, has struggled to restrict batsmen and take wickets at the same time.
Match prediction – Kings XI Punjab have a good chance to make it to the play-offs if they beat Gujarat Lions in this match. Their upcoming games are against strong teams like MI and KKR. In order to stay alive in the run for play-offs they will need to give their best. Also, in front of their home ground they tend to perform better. Hence, KXIP is most likely to win this contest.
Kings XI Punjab (Probable XI) – Hashim Amla, Martin Guptill, Shaun Marsh, Manan Vohra, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Glenn Maxwell (c), Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan.
Gujarat Lions (Probable XI) – Dwayne Smith, Ishan Kishan, Suresh Raina (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Aaron Finch, Irfan Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Pradeep Sangwan, Basil Thampi, Ankit Soni.
Overseas players to pick on Fandromeda:
- Hashim Amla
- Glenn Maxwell
- Dwayne Smith
- James Faulkner
Possible winner – Kings XI Punjab
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