Gujarat Lions vs Kings XI Punjab IPL Match Preview
Two low scoring matches and two comprehensive wins for the chasing teams. But things won't remain the same. We will have high scoring venues and likes of Gayle and Raina who would smash sixes. Not so far though. Today we would see another new team in action. Gujarat Lions take on Kings XI Punjab at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. Watch IPL 2016 match live streaming and score on HotStar and live telecast on Sony Six, Sony Max and Sony ESPN HD TV channels.
After the exclusion of two teams Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, two new teams were formed for next two years. Gujarat Lions is one of them. Players like Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Brendon McCullum, etc. would be a part of the fancied Gujarat Lions team. They were earlier a part of the most successful IPL team Chennai Super Kings.
Our lions begin their #IPL campaign today. Sheron, get ready for a cracker of a game! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi pic.twitter.com/aQfTsItC9k— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 11, 2016
The Lions have a balanced squad with good number of all rounders included. Apart from the opening slot where either Dwayne Smith or Aaron Finch would play, rest of the playing XI looks pretty obvious. Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Bravo, Jadeja, Faulkner, Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar and Tambe might play in today's match.
Kings XI Punjab have had a rollercoaster ride in last two years. They are at their best in 2014 when they crashed all the teams to reach the finals. The likes of Sehwag, Miller and Maxwell were on fire and every bowler they faced saw nightmares. 2015 was exactly opposite story for them. They finished the league at the bottom of the points tally.
Now when Sehwag is out of contention, a lot again relies on Maxwell and Miller. When these two were in good form in 2014, the team managed 11 wins out of 14 matches. They lost their form completely next year. If Kings XI Punjab have to perform to their optimum and win matches, these two need to click this year in the IPL 2016.
While match winners make Gujarat Lions look a strong side, Kings XI Punjab too would do their best to clinch a win tonight at their home venue. Let's wait and watch, who emerges as a winner in today's contest.