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IPL – MATCH 53 – GUJARAT LIONS VS SUNRISERS HYDERABAD – FANTASY PREVIEW

The historical Indian Premier League – Season 10 enters into last weekend of league matches. The team at no. 7 in the table Gujarat Lions hosts their last home match of the season against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday evening. This is going to be a must win game for the visitors as they required a win to secure their birth in playoffs. The match 53 between Gujarat Lions vs Sunrisers Hyderabad is scheduled to begin at 4 PM IST | 10:30 AM GMT on Saturday, 13th May 2017.

 

GUJARAT LIONS :

Gujarat Lions were qualified for playoffs in their debut season last year, but things turnaround this time and they have already eliminated from the season. Lions are set to play their final home game and also their last match of the season at Green Park in Kanpur on Saturday. They have won only 4 in 13 matches and looks to finish the season with positive note, especially at the second home Kanpur. Captain Suresh Raina who was in good form in the middle of the tournament will play this last match of the season at his home ground in Kanpur. In front of their home crowd, Raina failed to score runs and dismissed for only 6 runs in the last game against Delhi Daredevils. This is going to be his last chance in the season to perform well and take his team home comfortably. Dwayne Smith and Ishan Kishan used to open the innings for Lions in the last two matches and the pair looks to continue the good job against SRH on Saturday. Ishan played some good knocks in the tournament at the opening position and he done well against DD other night with 34 runs off 25 balls. Smith’s match winning knock against KXIP gave the fourth win of the season for Lions, he needs to play well to provide the fifth win of the season for his team.

Aaron Finch and Dinesh Karthik are doing a splendid job for their team in the middle-order. The consistent performance of Karthik is a key for Lions, also Finch’s power hitting in the middle-overs and end overs lifts Lions to post good total on the board. All rounders Ravindra Jadeja and James Faulkner fulfills no. 6 and 7 positions in the batting order and both of them used to play quick cameo to add some quick runs for their team in the end overs. But with the bowl, those experienced all rounders were performed under the par in the tournament. They need to bring something special to finish the season in a good note. Jadeja’s fielding efforts are major plus point of Lions, he has more than 5 direct hit run-outs for his credit. In the last match he ran out two DD players with his sharp direct hits to the stumps. Ankit Soni started his IPL campaign well, but his performances were not upto the mark in recent matches. He might make a way for Jakati or Shubham Agarwal in this game. Dhawal Kulkarni, Pradeep Sangwan and Basil Thampi are the pace options which Lions used in last few matches and all three of them are expected to play in this game.

 

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD :

David Warner and his team gone through all the struggles successfully and lifted the IPL trophy for the first time, last year. The similar kind of situation they are in right now and they need one more victory to gets their place in Playoffs for the second straight time. After played 13 league matches, Sunrisers Hyderabad has won 7 matches, lost 5 and one match were ended in no-result. Therefore, SRH has 15 points at healthy NRR of +0.565 which is third best in the points table. Remember, Sunrisers has registered 6 out of their 7 wins at their home Hyderabad. They have won only 1 match in 6 away matches. That means, in this away match they need to come out of all the hurdles and secure a win and qualify for the playoffs. Captain David Warner and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan are leading the Orange Cap most runs scores list by placing at 1 and 2. Their partnership will be crucial once again for SRH, both of them are expected to play with lots of responsibilities and helps the side to qualify.

Kane Williamson who gave all his best efforts, dropped in the last game due to two average performances. His replacement in the XI, Mohammad Nabi came with 1 for 13 in his 4 overs against MI. As he could bat, chances are less for Williamson to be back in the playing XI for this game. All rounder Moises Henriques still struggling with his bowling form, but he does well with bat in almost every innings in the season. He is a game changer, could turn the game in his team’s favor at any moment. Yuvraj also doing well with bat in last few innings, he was the lone fighter against RPS last weekend. Yuvi is expected to play some good innings especially at this part of the nation. Domestic all rounder Vijay Shankar is in the side, he is expected to get an another game. Among the bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddharth Kaul doing so well with their pace bowling attack. Also, Rashid Khan from Afghanistan bowls economical and wicket-taking spells every time. Mohammad Siraj’s form is a worry for SRH, Sran has lot of chances to replace him for this game.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

GUJARAT LIONS :

  • Suresh Raina
  • Dinesh Karthik
  • Aaron Finch
  • Ishan Kishan
  • Dwayne Smith
  • Ravindra Jadeja
  • Pradeep Sangwan
  • Dhawal Kulkarni

 

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD :

  • Shikhar Dhawan
  • David Warner
  • Yuvraj Singh
  • Moises Henriques
  • Mohammad Nabi
  • Siddharth Kaul
  • Rashid Khan
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar

 

POSSIBLE LINEUPS :

GUJARAT LIONS :

1. Dwayne Smith, 2. Ishan Kishan, 3. Suresh Raina, 4. Dinesh Karthik, 5. Aaron Finch, 6. Ravindra Jadeja, 7. James Faulkner, 8. Ankit Soni / Shubham Agarwal, 9. Dhawal Kulkarni, 10. Pradeep Sangwan, 11. Basil Thampi.

 

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD :

1. David Warner, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Moises Henriques, 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5. Vijay Shankar, 6. Mohammad Nabi, 7. Naman Ojha, 8. Rashid Khan, 9. Siddharth Kaul, 10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11. Mohammad Siraj / Barinder Sran.

 

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