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LIVE - IPL 2017, KKR vs GL: Gujarat Lions captain Suresh Raina wins the toss, Kolkata Knight riders to bat first at Eden Gardens

News X 2017-04-21 14:27:00

It has been two weeks since Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions were face-to-face in this years’ Indian Premier League (IPL) fixture. Winning their earlier match against Gujarat — Kolkata won by 10 wickets — KKR is playing against Gujarat in the match number 23 of this season in front of their home crowd at the famous Eden Gardens Stadium.

Gujarat Lions captain Suresh Raina has won the toss and elected to bowl first at Eden Gardens. Kolkata Knight riders will have to set the target.

While Gautam Gambhir led Kolkata is ravishing on their winning run, Gujarat Lions appear to be lost in the mist still figuring out the ‘mantra’ to get their stalwarts steer them past the rough patch.

Today’s event seems to be a big mismatch on the ouster, but that is just how you look at things. In my reckoning, it is going to be a cracker at the holy Eden Gardens.

LIVE IPL — Ball-by-ball update of match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions

 

 07: 40 PM IST | Here is the playing XI for Kolkata and Gujarat

Team Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (c), Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik (w), Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Praveen Kumar, Basil Thampi, Dhawal Kulkarni

Team Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Robin Uthappa (w), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Woakes, Sunil Narine, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav

#IPL Match 23 – Here are the Playing XIs for @KKRiders vs. @TheGujaratLions #KKRvGL pic.twitter.com/1XKZFR1zfS

— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 21, 2017


07: 30 PM IST | TOSS TIME! Gujarat Lions captain Suresh Raina has won the toss and elected to bowl first at Eden Gardens. Kolkata Knight riders will have to set the target.

07: 25 PM IST | With their back against the wall, this might just be the game that Gujarat Lions need to get back in the race. They have already defeated Knight Riders twice last year at the same venue. It’s high time they find they start roaring again.

Gambhir is one of the most competitive cricketers to have played the game, his simple advice to the KKR unit will be to not let go off the opponents in any way. He knows way better than anyone the Kolkata squad that it takes just a game to begin the slide.

 

#IPL Match 23 – @TheGujaratLions are on the field warming up for #KKRvGL pic.twitter.com/GonPXX9nSM

— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 21, 2017


 

07: 18 PM IST | Ahead of the match, have a look at the stats between Kolkata Knights and Gujarat Lions

 

 

07: 15 PM IST | Kolkata Knight Riders come into the game with three back-to-back — defeated Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab — convincing victories.

Playing their second home game of the season, Kolkata’s good run so far is accounted to an all round team performance led from the front by skipper Gautam Gambhir.

Manish Pandey has been in a phenomenal form — 221 runs in 5 matches — in this IPL. Pandey has been very temperamental and played as per a plan to ensure good finishes for the Knights Riders.

 

#IPL Match 23 – @GautamGambhir & his men are ready for #KKRvGL. Follow the game here – https://t.co/c0deDxN3db @KKRiders pic.twitter.com/48i8ooy8cB

— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 21, 2017


 

07: 10 PM IST | A lot has changed and the two teams are pole apart in the way things have turned around for them — KKR is sitting comfortably at the second spot in the points table winning four out of 5 games played so far; Gujarat has just one win and are at the bottom among the eight teams playing for the IPL trophy.


07: 00 PM IST | Hello and a very warm welcome to the 23rd match of IPL 2017 being played at Eden Gardens Stadium between Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions.