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Form Kolkata Knight Riders look to add to Gujarat's misery

21 April 2017

Unfortunately, both the new teams, Gujarat Lions and the Rising Pune Supergiant are at the bottom.

Preview: Revenge will be on their minds when wooden spooners Gujarat Lions take on table toppers Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in a return Indian Premier League (IPL) fixture at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday.

But for the Suresh Raina-led Gujarat Lions, nothing is going right, be it their batting or bowling, especially the spin department which has let down the team badly. This is the prime reason they are now languishing at the bottom of the points table, with just a solitary win from 5 games.

No individual has been the hero for KKR in their journey so far, with every player backing each other for to hel the team's cause.

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Coming to the home team, the two-time champions showed character during their nail-biting four-wicket win against Delhi Daredevils with one ball remaining in their last game.

Pandey has been in the form of his life as he struck a second unbeaten half-century of the season to seal the chase, finishing off the game with a six.

After Lynn got injured, Sunil Narine and Colin de Grandhomme have been given chances to win the Powerplay which has been the core of the thinktank's plan. Interestingly, both KKR and Gujarat have a strong batting line up. Jason Roy and James Faulkner may give Raina a better option while it won't be a bad idea to promote the talented Jharkhand opener Ishan Kishan up the order. Dwayne Bravo, who is recovering from injury, is not match fit, and will take some time to walk into the playing XI.

Jadeja leaked the most runs (4-0-57-0) as RCB posted a huge 213/2 in their 21-run win.

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Gujarat Lions are ready for the crunch clash.

The squads: (from): Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (capt), Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, Trent Boult, Chris Woakes, Rishi Dhawan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rovman Powell, R. Sanjay Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Darren Bravo, Sayan Ghosh, Colin de Grandhomme.

Advantage KKRThe last time when the two teams met, KKR demolished Lions and grabbed a thumping 10-wicket win over them in Rajkot.

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