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Match Preview IPL 2017: Match 23 KKR vs GL

KKR vs GL IPL 2017 Match 23

The 23rd match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 will be played between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Gujarat Lions (GL) on 20th April at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The pitch is expected to be bouncier as is seen in previous matches and dew factor will be in consideration during toss. This is the 2nd match between KKR and GL in the tournament first match was held on 7th April; Match 3 of IPL 2017.

Kolkata Knight Riders has lost only one match out of 5 they've played so far. Kolkata Knight Riders are consistent till now and are currently competing with Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad for the top places in the points table. While in the last match against Delhi Daredevils at Feroz Shah Kotla, Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan played for century stand and ran KKR for the win. Manish Pandey layed superb innings of 69 runs in 49 balls. Return of Coulter-Nile form will be relieving for KKR who took 3 wickets by giving 22 runs in 4 over. Talking about the team changes, Colin de Grandhomme is on the edge of playing XI who had been in for injured Chris Lynn.

Gujarat Lions have only won one game out of 5 played in total and is placed at the bottom of the IPL 2017 points table. Gujarat Lions struggle with bowlers is still continuing as they are unable to find right bowling combination. Lack of experienced bowlers in the squad may be the reason but GL finished on 1st place with the same bowlers. Batsmen performed well and were able to score 192 while chasing 214 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last match. Gujarat Lions had to win the maximum of the remaining matches to be in top 4 and qualify for the playoffs.

Head to head: KKR vs GL

Only three matches have been played between KKR and GL in IPL and two are won by Gujarat Lions and the last one by KKR. Last time when they encountered in IPL 2017 KKR defeated GL with 10 Wickets. But by the current team performance KKR is way ahead of GL and will be dominant in the match.

Date Winner Won By Venue
8th May, 2016 Gujarat Lions 5 Wickets Kolkata
19th May, 2016 Gujarat Lions 6 Wickets Kanpur
7th April, 2017 Kolkata Knight Riders 10 Wickets Rajkot

Match Details: IPL 2017 Match 23: KKR vs GL

Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Date: 21st April, 2017
Time: 8:00 pm (IST)

Toss: Gujarat Lions won the toss and elected to bowl

Result: Gujarat Lions Won by 4 Wickets

Man of the Match: Suresh Raina

Playing XI for KKR: 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

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