Sunday, 23 April 2017

Match 26 : Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) IPL 2017 Match Prediction Today : 23/04/2017

Match 26: Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) IPL 2017 Match Prediction Today: 23/04/2017.

Gujarat Lions and Kings XI Punjab have now reached a stage in the season where anything less than victory would be a huge blow to their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs in IPL 2017. Captains of both sides, Suresh Raina and Glenn Maxwell, have both been in good form but have been let down by their respective bowlers.

After winning their first two games, it has been all downhill for Maxwell’s side as they have now lost four games on the bounce in this year’s tournament.

They are languishing near the foot of the table with just two wins from their six games and are in desperate need of some inspiration as they seek to end their four-game losing streak.In start contrast, Gujarat Lions are looking like they are finally getting some form together as they have won two of their last four games and weren't too far away from winning the other two as well.

Captain Raina is leading from the front and he has got great support from Brendon McCullum.

Chinnaswamy’s history and the capability that RCB gloats of, it is still route beneath the destitution line. Abdominal muscle on air figured he was getting ready to pursue down 200. Looks certain when the two 50+ stands were hitting it to all parts of the ground. Significantly more so when Dhoni smoked one to arrive on the rooftop. Only for the time-out to turn things around. 9 balls, 3 runs, 5 wickets that tailed it slammed all expectations. What’s more, the majority of them to the change-ups in pace. Smith and Dhoni appeared to have done their diligent work with a 58-run stand.

Gujarat Lions will take a lot of heart from their win against the formidable Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens with skipper Raina finally showing why he is revered in the shortest format. The 46-ball-84 against a potent Knight Riders attack will certainly bolster their confidence after a string of defeats.

Match 26 : Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)


Similarly, KXIP will take solace from the fact that they scored a near 200 total (198) against the Mumbai Indians with Hashim Amla scoring a terrific hundred and skipper Maxwell also hitting some lusty blows. For Gujarat, McCullum with 258 runs and Raina with 243 runs, are among the top five run-getters in the tournament so far. However, the problem area for both the teams has been bowling which has let them down on most of the occasions.

Indian bowlers The Indian bowlers, in both the teams, have not been able to set the stage on fire with noteworthy performances. Take the case of India discards Mohit Sharma and Sandeep Sharma. The two medium-pacers have been preferred by Maxwell in all the six matches and their economy rates have been a dismal 9.39 and 9.18 respectively.

Even Varun Aaron, in the three matches that he has played, had an economy rate of 8.90. Only Axar Patel has somewhat redeemed himself with an economy rate of 7.31. Gujarat Lions will be hoping to somehow fit in their best pacer Andrew Tye, who has taken seven wickets in three games including a hat-trick at a decent economy rate of 7.08. Ravindra Jadeja - Gujarat's biggest bowling weapon - is yet to fire and has had a poor economy rate of 10.12 in four matches having taken only one wicket. Praveen Kumar's lack of pace and swing has meant he has been hit at an economy rate of 10.32 over five games.

The silver lining for Lions has been Kerala pacer Basil Thampi, who has had a comparatively better economy rate of 8.88, but his ability to bowl yorkers at will has been hailed by many as an India prospect. Bowling has been a big problem for the Gujarat team, which has taken only 19 wickets from six games. Taking all this into account, one can expect another run feast at the SCA stadium in Khanderi.


If Kings XI Punjab bat firstPredicted score: 170+Hashim Amla showed that he isn’t just here to make up the numbers or fill in for Martin Guptill, who is finally fit again. The rest of the top order is in great form as well. Manan Vohra almost won a lost cause against SRH while Maxwell has flourished with the added responsibility of captaincy so far in IPL 2017.The only concern for Kings XI is the abundance of middle-order batsman and the negative effect it seems to be having on their performance in the tournament.

While they have the fire power to clear any boundary, they also have some obvious limitations that stifle their ability to go big.The Lions have struggled in the bowling department due to the lack of wickets provided by their spinners. The fast bowlers haven’t got the early wickets and that put more pressure on the spinners, who have struggled to cope up with it. With another explosive batting line-up to contend with, it certainly won’t be easy for the hosts.Predicted winners: Gujarat Lions
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