GL vs KKR: Gujarat vs Kolkata Live Streaming – 7 April 2017 Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions, who will take on each other in the third match of the tenth edition of the tournament, and they will be ready to counter. Knight Riders, for two seasons now, have failed to make their starts count. Lions, on the other hand, topped the table last season and still stopped out of the tournament losing momentum. And hence, while a good start is crucial to the campaign, sustaining momentum is more important and that’s what these two teams will focus on this time. Both teams have been seen damages, they would miss key players for their initial few matches. Lions will have to wait for both Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo to recover from their injuries while the Knight Riders will have to wait for Umesh Yadav to recover from a sore hip.
Gujarat Lions vs Kolkata Knight Riders Match details
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2017
Date: 7 April 2017
Time: 6:30pm SGT (Afternoon matches), 10:30pm SGT (Evening matches)
Live Streaming: Hotstar, Cricketgateway.com
TV Channel: Singtel TV Ch 125 (Cricket Plus), Hub Sports Cricket will provide live TV coverage in Singapore.
Live scores ESPN
Gujarat Lions vs Kolkata Knight Riders Match Preview
Absence of Powell though shouldn’t be a concern for Gautam Gambhir and the think-tank as they are banking on Chris Woakes as their front-line all-rounder. In the last season, Knight Riders stayed in dispute just because they did well in their away games. Four wins out of seven away games helped them recover from four losses at the Eden Gardens. With the core already in place, it’ll be important they hit the straps right away and have a positive start in the tournament. On the first look, appear too heavy for the second time in row. They bought a number of bowlers in the auction, likes of Nathu Singh, Munaf Patel, Basil Thampi and others, they are missing a gun bowler. And, as expected, the onus will be again on Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shivil Kaushik and James Faulkner to shoulder the bowling responsibilities.
They added Jason Roy, the aggressive England opener, to their squad despite having Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith and Aaron Finch in their ranks.. In the limited-overs series in India, Jadeja, Amit Mishra and Yuzvendra Chahal had him searching for answers even when he was able to flay the pacers with ease. So it would be interesting to see if they do decide to go in with him in the first clash. Lions won just 17 per cent of their matches batting first, leaving a serious question mark on their ability to set a target. However, they would give good fight on home advantage and a power-packed batting attack to challenge a Knight Riders bowling line-up that has a lot of variety.
Gujarat Lions vs Kolkata Knight Riders Match prediction
Scenario 1: GL wins the toss
Toss prediction: GL would choose to bowl first
First innings score prediction: 180-190
Second innings prediction: GL would win the match by 6 wickets with an over in hand
Scenario 2: KKR wins the toss
Toss prediction: KKR would choose to bowl first
First innings score prediction: 200-210
Second innings prediction: GL would win the match by 20-30 runs
Kolkata Knight Riders to win
Betting odds (betfair)
- Gujarat Lions to win: 5/6
- Kolkata Knight Riders to win: 5/6
At the start of the season, the GL side seems to have the perfect balance in the batting and bowling departments. To open the innings, they would have two of the most destructive T20 batsmen of all time in Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum. If they stick around for a few overs, both are capable of running away with the game. At number 3, the most consistent batsman in the IPL history, Raina will bat who would be hoping to resurrect his international career by doing well this season. He will be followed by Dinesh Karthik who has been in a tremendous form of late and then perhaps the youngster Ishan Kishan will come in to bat. They will have to take a call between two West Indians Dwayne Smith and Dwayne Bravo. In the absence of Ravindra Jadeja, they might opt for Bravo to play the all-rounder’s role as he can bowl well at the death too. James Faulkner could be the other all-rounder to don the finisher’s role as well as bowl during slog overs. The experienced Praveen Kumar and Dhawal Kulkarni will lead the pace battery and Shivil Kaushik and Shadab Jakati are expected to take care of the spin department. They seem to have all the bases covered and on paper, look good for another good season.
Kolkata Knight Riders
The two -time champions KKR have been a highly competitive side and a tough one to defeat over the last few years. Since Gautam Gambhir took up the leadership role, they have been outstanding especially at home. But they would have to up their game against GL and to start the proceedings, they would have their regular openers Gambhir and Robin Uthappa. Both have formed a formidable combination at the top and would be expected to do the same once more. Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, and Yusuf Pathan might form the middle order and either of Shakib Al Hasan or the in-form Chris Lynn might get a look in.
Andre Russell’s absence would be a big blow for them and to replace him, they have slotted in the Englishman Chris Woakes. He has big shoes to fill in as Russell has been the prolific performer for KKR. The spin department is assured with the presence of Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla. Their latest addition to the squad Trent Boult could be the other pacer in the XI. The side has a number of star performers but they would have to raise their games if they are to inflict their first win against GL.
Gujarat Lions vs Kolkata Knight Riders Teams
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Darren Bravo, Trent Boult, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, Rishi Dhawan, Sayan Ghosh, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Ishank Jaggi, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Woakes, Chriss Lynn, Sunil Narine, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Ankit Rajput, Suryakumar Yadav, Robin Uthappa, Umesh Yadav.
Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (captain), Brandon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik, Akshadeep Nath, Ishan Kishan, Manpreet Gony, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Shivil Kaushik, Jason Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Basil Thampi, Nathu Singh, Tejas Baroka, Shubham Agarwal, Shelly Shaurya, Andrew Tye and James Faulkner.
IPL 2017 will be broadcast live in foreign countries.
Sony Pictures Network – Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives & their respective territories, Commonwealth & possession
Super Sport – South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa
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Flow TV and Sportsman – Caribbean
Sky NZ – New Zealand
Singtel, Starhub, Eleven sports (OTT) – Singapore
Cricketgateway.com – Australia, South-East Asia, Rest of Asia, South America
Cricketgateway.com & Ethnic channel group – Canada
Now TV & Cricketgateway.com – Hong Kong.