The teams: Gujarat Lions v Kolkata Knight Riders (GL v KKR). Both teams ran into the Kohli-ABDV show in their last games. GL were on the receiving end of two centuries as RCB posted the highest total of the IPL so far against them. The bowlers of both teams should have recovered from their mauling by RCB and will want to bounce back strongly. Although Russell is injured and will not play this game, in Shakib and Yusuf Pathan, KKR still have have two in-form all rounders. Both teams will want to the win to secure a spot in the top 4 so expect a high intensity encounter.
The Venue: Green Park in Kanpur. The first game at this venue in the 2016 IPL so far and interestingly enough there hasn’t been an international T20 game played here before. In the last ODI here between India and SA, SA narrowly won by 5 runs after posting 303 on the board despite a hundred by Rohit Sharma (150 off 133).
Our picks for your fantasy teams
Gautam Gambhir – Consistency is his hallmark which is why he has the highest number of IPL fifties (31), two more than David Warner. Expect another clinical performance from Gambhir – he will want to make up for dropping Kohli to cost KKR the match against RCB.
Shakib Al Hasan – Shakib is one of the most popular fantasy picks. He bats. He bowls. And more often that not, he shines in both aspects of the game. He usually completes his quota of overs and bats in the top 5, so make sure you pick him!
Dwayne Bravo – Dwayne Bravo has had a reasonably quiet IPL 2016, relative to his standout performances for CSK. Against a formidable KKR top order, GL will rely on him to stem the flow of runs and pick up critical wickets. Bravo may be called on to pitch in with the bat too – a quick cameo from him could change the complexion of the game. Time for the Champion to come to the party!
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