KKR will be very confident due to their hattrick of wins. Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders would look to continue their winning streak when they face struggling Gujarat Lions in a battle between the top and bottom-placed teams. Riders have won 4 matches out of 5 (2 at home ground and 2 away).
There has been no individual hero for KKR in their journey so far and every player is backing each other.
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.
They are having world class batsmen still the team is struggling to win.
Head to head
Last season GL won 2 out of 2 matches. In this year KKR has won a match against GL.
Pitch & conditions
Two games played at Eden gardens this year have experienced diffrent pitches but the time of play was also diffrent . In the night game it was a green pitch with ball nicely coming on to the bat and there was something for fast bowlers whereas in day game it was totally opposite the ball was taking a lot of turn. Being this one a night game a high scoring encounter is expected and there maybe some hint of dew in later half of the game.
Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Gautam Gambhir (capt), 2 Colin de Grandhomme, 3 Robin Uthappa (wk), 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Yusuf Pathan, 6 Suryakumar Yadav, 7 Chris Woakes/Shakib Al Hasan, 8 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Umesh Yadav.
Gujarat Lions: 1 Brendon McCullum, 2 Dwayne Smith, 3 Suresh Raina (capt), 4 Aaron Finch, 5 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 Ishan Kishan, 8 Andrew Tye, 9 Basil Thampi
Watch out for
He is playing excellently. He is being very consistent in this season. He makes full use of powerplay. He hits the ball hard in powerplay and if it is in the gap it definitely goes for a boundary. The match is in his home ground so he’ll be surely a player to watch for.
He is a player who can bat alone for whole innings. He showed his class in the previous match. He was middling the ball very easily.
Stats & trivia
*Gautam Gambhir and Uthappa are just 8 runs short of becoming a fourth pair to score 2000 runs in partnership in T20 cricket.
*KKR is the only team to score over 9, whereas GL is the only team to concede over 9.
*GL has lost 8 out of 9 matches while batting first. KKR has won their last 11 matches while chasing at Eden Gardens.