Table extremes play face each other on Sunday. Gujrat Lions are not only the favourites for play-offs’s, but also top contenders for first two positions. On the opposite end, Kings IX are destined o end up at the bottom. They have got new leader in Murali Vijay. King IX justified their change that captaincy is effecting Millar’s batting.
Gujarat Lions have won the toss and went the trend of chasing. They will play today with an unchanged side from their last game.But,Punjab has made four changes for this crunch game. Vohra, Johnson, Nikhil Naik, Pradeep sahu are rested. They are replaced with Gurkeraat Mann singh, Stoines, saha, cariappa . Gurkeraat SinghÂ has also represented team India in the past which is a advantage for Punjab.
Marcus Stoines is likely to open with Vijay in the absence of Manan Vohra. If it happens, Punjab’s Batting order looks much more stronger than Gujrat’s if you don’t go by form at least. They bat deep with Akshar Patel coming at 8.Saha will also strengthen their batting order. What they have made is, they made their bowling much more susceptible by dropping one of their front line bowlers. As they are chasing, they should not look below 190 considering their bowling attack. Moreover Gujrat has been chasing whatever target opposition presented.
The first real upset of the tournament. Today’s match can be segregated in to session. The new batting combination clicked for kings Ix Punjab. Stoines and Vijay had given a wonderful start for Punjab. Then suddenly with the departure of Marcus Stoines match turned towards Gujarat’s way. Punjab took five quick wickets in minimal gap. Maxwell once again failed to open his account for Punjab. Somehow Punjab managed to put 154 on board. Since the end of first over, which fetched eleven runs for Gujarat, it’s been completely Punjab’s game. Hope new captain, M Vijay brings luck to Punjab. Axar Patel is the man of the match for his 3 wicket haul.