All-rounder James Faulkner finally got his first game of the season as after winning the toss and electing to field, Suresh Raina announced that the all-rounder has been given a place in the playing XI. Along with him, Praveen Kumar made a comeback in the team. Andrew Tye and Chinaman Shivil Kaushik were benched to make a way for these two players.
It was a surprising decision to bench Shivil as Eden pitch is expected to assist spinners and Gujarat could have gone for any other spinner if not him.
On the another hand, Kolkata Knight Riders bolstered their spin attack by adding all-rounder Shakib al Hasan in the team in place of Colin de Grandhomme.
KKR is placed at the second spot in the points table but still, they are yet to spot the best opening combination. So skipper Gautam Gambhir has to soon finalise his opening partner at the earliest so that this matter does not become a headache for the team ahead in the tournament.
KKR will look to continue their previous performance as in the last contest between the two teams, the Gautam Gambhir-led side chased down a target of 184 in 14.5 overs with all ten wickets in hands.
Here is what both the captains said at the toss –
Here is the playing XI of both the sides –