Gujarat Lions vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2017 Match Prediction: Who will win the match?

Gujarat Lions vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2017 Match Prediction: Who will win the match?

The IPL carnival enters its 3rd day and the 2 teams that will go head to head on 7th of April, 2017 are Gujarat Lions and Kolkata Knight Riders at Rajkot Cricket Stadium. Let us do an analysis of Who will today’s match?

Lions had a rather wonderful start to their IPL journey with qualification to the top 4 in the last year’s IPL. As per many pundits of the game, they were the likeliest to lift the trophy but a few slips here and there cost them the tournament but there’s no taking away the fact that they were and they’re a formidable unit – one of title contenders.

Kolkata Knight Riders had a 50-50 IPL last year, some of their matches were full of tremendous performances whilst in other their inconsistency was clearly highlighted and therefore it was this part of their game that cost them. This year, KKR would hope to build a consistent route through the tournament to carry themselves into the top 4.

Gujarat Lions

Can McCullum deliver for Lions, having retired from the international stage? Image: WisdenIndia

The list of injuries continues

One of their key players in Dwayne Bravo will sit out for at least first 2 games of the tournament due to an injury. Another major blow for the side comes in form of Ravindra Jadeja sitting out of the first 2 weeks of this year’s IPL due to his injuries owing to a lengthy home season for India.

Lions are backed by strong overseas talent

The foreign talent looks quite formidable for the Lions with McCullum and Smith opening the batting, Finch in the middle order and Faulkner as someone who can deceive the batsmen with pace and variations.

Lions – without key players like Bravo and Jadeja

In the local talent, Lions have Raina, Karthik, Praveen Kumar, Shadab Jakati and Dhawan Kulkarni to balance the side. With the absence of Bravo and Jadeja, the Lions side doesn’t look as strong as last year and relies heavily on their batting.

IPL 2017 1st Innings Score Predictor IF Gujarat Bats First: 

With fire power of McCullum, Smith, Raina, Finch and Faulkner, the Lions should make a total in excess of 160+.

Kolkata Knight Riders

KKR have been hit hard with the absence of Andre Russell Image : Youtube

Kolkata lose Russell and Umesh

KKR too have been hit by injuries. Umesh Yadav will sit out from the tournament for 2 weeks due to hip and lower-back issues, while Andre Russell is banned from international cricket for 1 year.

Can KKR’s local talent fire?

Russell has been replaced by the New Zealander in Grand De Homme. Gambhir will captain the side and open the batting with Uthappa, the onus on local talent in Surya Kumar, Yusuf Pathan, Manish Pandey & Kuldeep Yadav makes KKR a really dangerous side – for they don’t depend heavily on their overseas players but it’s the consistency factor that again comes in on whether this local talent can fire match after match.

Can KKR find the right mix of foreign talent with local talent?

KKR has a fine mix of foreign talent with Chris Lynn, Chris Woakes, Sunil Narine, Grand De Homme and Trent Boult to choose from and should they find the right composition, KKR can very well be one of the stronger sides in the tournament, led by Gambhir.

IPL 1st Innings Score Predictor IF Kolkata Bats First: –

The Kolkata Knight Riders lack an aggressor in their middle order, someone like Russell. They’ll rely heavily on Pathan to get them to a big score. We predict a total in excess of 150+ for KKR.

Stats :

  • Average first innings total: 157
  • Suresh Raina has never given away his wicket to Sunil Narine
  • Spinners at Rajkot average 9+, it’s not a spinner friendly venue

Question to the readers: 

Can Kolkata Knight Riders overcome the loss of Russell to their side’s composition?

IPL 2017 Match Prediction: 

The Gujarat Lions in spite of not having Jadeja and Bravo in their side still have a much more fire powered batting unit – which can enable them to reach or chase a big total. The bowling will remain a concern but should Faulkner grab a few early wickets, the Lions look like the favorites to win.

IPL 2017 Key Player Predictor: 

Robin Uthappa will be the key with the bat for KKR at the top. He played a crucial role for KKR last season and we predict that he will score in excess of 20 runs in the match.

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