It will be interesting to see how Gujarat Lions fare today. This is the first match in IPL 10 that’s being held in Kanpur. Gujarat Lions have won 4 out of 4 while they were chasing and they have lost 6 out of 6 while batting first. In this situation, it will be interesting to see what skipper Suresh Raina decides if he wins the toss.
The battle between Shahbaz Nadeem and Dwayne Smith and Aaron Finch will be intriguing. Nadeem has dismissed Smith twice while letting him score 59 off 49 balls, and Aaron Finch once while Finch managed to score 29 off 28 balls.
The Lions bowling has been a cause of concern this season. Ravindra Jadeja and James Faulkner have not been up to the mark. Basil Thampi has bowled pretty well compared to the other bowlers in the squad, picking up 10 wickets in 11 matches at an economy rate of 9.29.
South Africans Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris, as well as England’s Sam Billings, have left for national duty. It’s a good opportunity for Corey Anderson, Carlos Brathwaite, Pat Cummins and Marlon Samuels to make a good impression now.
Amit Mishra has not bowled well in this year’s IPL but has managed to trouble Lions’ Ravindra Jadeja. A lot will depend on Pat Cummins; Delhi will rely on him for the initial breakthroughs.