Gujarat Lions will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the third match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 scheduled between the two franchises at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot, on Friday, 7 April.
Gujarat Lions joined the IPL in 2016 and had a successful campaign in their debut season. Under the guidance of Suresh Raina, they finished on top of the table after winning nine of their 14 group stage fixtures.
The Lions, however, suffered defeats in the Qualifier and Eliminator 2 that forced them to miss out on a place in last year's final. They lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore and eventual champions Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.
Gujarat have an explosive batting lineup that includes the likes of Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Raina, Aaron Finch and Dinesh Karthik. They also have a balanced bowling attack, led by Praveen Kumar and James Faulkner.
Kolkata Knight Riders have won the IPL on two occasions in the past and currently hold the joint record with Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings for winning the tournament twice.
The Knight Riders will be looking to create history by becoming the first team to win the IPL for the third time this year.
Sky Go App will live stream the matches in the UK for iPhone, iPad and select Android users. Cricketgateway.com will provide live streaming of all IPL 2017 matches in all countries outside the US, UK, Africa and Europe. Hotstar will provide live streaming for users in India.
Where to watch live
Match starts at 3:30pm GMT. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD in the UK. Click here for the live streaming link.
Gujarat Lions to win
Betting Odds (betfair)
- Gujarat Lions to win: 8/11
- Kolkata Knight Riders to win: 11/10
Possible XI: Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Suresh Raina (c), Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik (wk), James Faulkner, Ishan Kishan, Praveen Kumar, Shadab Jakati, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shivil Kaushik.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Possible XI: Gautam Gambhir (c), Robin Uthappa (wk), Manish Pandey, Chris Lynn, Chris Woakes, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine, Ankit Rajpoot, Trent Boult.
Below is the list of broadcasters that will air the matches in different countries:
|India||Sony Max, Sony Six, Sony ESPN|
|United Kingdom||Sky Sports|
|United States||ESPN and Willow TV|
|Caribbean||Flow TV and Sportsmax|
|Canada||Ethnic channel group|
|New Zealand||Sky NZ|
|Sri Lanka||Carlton Sports Network|
|Hong Kong||Now TV|
|Middle East and North Africa||OSN|
|Sub-Saharan Africa||Sub-Saharan Africa|