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STAT ATTACK : Gujarat Lions vs Kolkata Knight Riders

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Gujarat Lions take on the Kolkata Knight Riders in a crucial match this evening. A victory would ensure a playoff spot for Kolkata, whereas a Gujarat win boost Raina’s chances of leading the Lions to the playoff.

Kolkata take the field without the influential Andre Russell, who injured himself in the match against Bangalore. Russell has been the pick of the Kolkata bowlers and has had bearing with his bat too. On the batting front, Kolkata have been consistent throughout IPL 2016. What they miss off Russell needs covering up with the bat.

Gujarat will be boosted by Suresh Raina’s return. Having peaked early in the tournament, Gujarat hit a lean phase losing 4 off their 5 matches. Their net run-rate took a severe hit and progression in the tournament can be assured only with victories in both their remaining games.

This fight for a playoff spot promises to be an intriguing affair.


Gujarat Lions
  1. Gujarat Lions are 5th on the points table, with 14 points from 12 outings along with a net run rate of -0.747.
  2. The Gujarat Lions had a brilliant start to the tournament with 6 wins in 7 matches. In the next 5 matches, the Lions suffered 4 losses.
  3. In the first 10 overs, the Gujarat Lions have the 2nd fastest run rate of 8.33.
  4. In the 2nd half; the Lions have a run rate of 7.66-the worst among all the teams.
  5. Gujarat Lions won by 5 wickets when they faced the Knight Riders earlier in the tournament.
Kolkata Knight Riders
  1. Kolkata Knight Riders are at the 3rd position, with 14 points from 12 games along with a net run rate of +0.280.
  2. Andre Russell is the highest wicket taker for KKR, having taken 15 wickets at an economy rate of 7.97. He will be unavailable for the match due to a leg injury.
  3. Gautam Gambhir now has joint highest run-outs (20) in T20s alongside Mahela Jayawardene.
  4. The Knight Riders have managed to win only 1 in the last 3 matches they’ve played at Eden Gardens.
  5. Piyush Chawla has led KKR’s bowling charge with 11 wickets at an economy rate of 7.72.


* This will be the first ever T20 match at Green Park, Kanpur. Kanpur will be the 33rd venue to host an IPL game.



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