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IPL updates: Gujarat win toss, put KKR in to bat

Rediff News 2017-04-21 00:00:00

Welcome to the updates of match 23 of the Indian Premier League between Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions.

Gujarat captain Raina has won the toss and his team will bowl first.

Both teams have made changes to their sides. While KKR have made one change, the Lions have made two changes to their squad.

With two home and two away wins from five matches, in-form KKR are on a roll, quite contrast to the campaign of Gujarat who finished the league stages on top last season but are yet to find their rhythm this year with just one victory from their first five games.

There has been no individual hero for KKR in their journey so far and every player is backing each other which not only helped them overcome hurdles but also played a key role in their smooth campaign so far.

On the other hand, nothing is going right for the Suresh Raina-led Gujarat Lions -- be it their batting or bowling, especially the spin department which has let-down the team badly.

In the last match against Delhi Daredevils, KKR's Yusuf Pathan and Manish Pandey built a quick 110-run partnership to set up the four-wicket win.

For the Lions to roar, their top-heavy batting order must first win in unison against a consistent KKR bowling attack. 

It's still early days but the bottom-placed Gujarat Lions will hope to rise to the ocassion and fire in the away match to move up the points table.