Ravindra Jadeja To Add Power To Gujarat Lions Line-Up Against Rising Pune Supergiant
Struggling Gujarat Lions is set to receive a much-needed boost with the imminent return of ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja during their clash against Rising Pune Supergiant in the Indian Premier League on Friday.
Gujarat, who finished third in the previous edition of the IPL by winning nine matches and lost five, however, is struggling from the start in the ongoing edition of the cash-rich tournament. However, the return of star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja home side will give a big boost to Gujarat as the 28-year-old has the capability to change the momentum of the match at any point.
The Suresh Raina-led side suffered consecutive defeats against two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders and title holder Sunrisers Hyderabad in their opening two matches.
Rising Pune Supergiant, on the other hand, started their campaign on a winning note by beating Mumbai Indians before suffering back-to-back defeats against Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils.
Opener Ajinkya Rahane has made a half-century in the first game and would be looking to give a good start alongside Mayant Agarwal. Skipper Steven Smith, who missed their last match due to an upset stomach and Manoj Tiwary, who lost his father are expected to return to the playing eleven.
Dhoni, regarded as the game’s best finisher, has been miserably out of touch and he would be desperate to answer his critics with a fine show with the bat.
The pace attack of Ashok Dinda, Deepak Chahar and Stokes failed to resist the batsmen was the biggest concern for RPS.
When & Where:
14 April 2017, 20:00Hrs IST at SCA Stadium, Rajkot
Current Status in IPL 2017
GL: Matches – 2, Won – 0 Lost – 2
RPS: Matches – 3, Won –1 , Lost – 2
Gujarat Lions main problem lies in its bowling unit which lacks teeth and experience.Return of Jadeja and experienced Munaf Patel’s inclusion in the playing eleven will definitely add strength to Gujarat Lions bowling attack.
Predicted XI: Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina (c), Aaron Finch,
Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner/Andrew Tye, Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shivil Kaushik/Tejas Baroka, Basil Thampi/Manpreet Gony.
Rising Pune Supergiants
Skipper Steven Smith, who missed their last match due to an upset stomach and Manoj Tiwary, who lost his father are expected to return to the playing eleven.
Predicted XI: Mayank Agarwal, Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith (capt), Rahul Tripathi/Manoj Tiwary, Ben Stokes, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Adam Zampa/Daniel Christian, Ashok Dinda, Imran Tahir.
Head to Head
Overall: Matches – 2, GL Won – 2, RPS Won – 0
5 of the 6 IPL matches played at the SCA Stadium in Rajkot have been won by the team chasing; the average target successfully chased down is 163.
Our Prediction for the game:
Both the teams are comingfrom a defeat, and are likely to come hard.
GL and RPS have concerns with their bowling attack , their batting unit have a some good match winners.
Our prediction goes with GL70%– RPS30%
Most likely team which chase will have high chances of winning considering the oppositions bowling unit.