GL, who are currently at the top of the table, are in a tremendous form, winning six of their seven matches they played © AFP
GL, who are currently at the top of the table, are in a tremendous form, winning six of their seven matches they played © AFP

The ninth season of Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to witness Match 28 as a confident Gujarat Lions (GL) take on the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stasium, Rajkot. GL, who are currently at the top of the table, are in a tremendous form, winning six of their seven matches they played. The team looks quite powerful with a perfect balance and a nice team spirit that keeps them going and the immense confidence that they have currently, makes the team the favorites over KXIP, who are still confused about the line-up. Here is the likely XI for the team before the match. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Gujarat Lions vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2016 at Rajkot

Top-order: The best thing about the Gujarat Lions line-up is their top-order. The line-up starts with two big names- Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum. Both the players have been in a very good form and performed consistently in the last few matches. McCullum is one of the bests when limited-overs cricket is concerned and he maintained the form in this year’s IPL as well, proving to be one of the key players for the Gujarat Lions batting. Dwayne Smith, on the other side, anchors the innings to help the player go with his usual flow. At number three, comes out Suresh Raina, who is is one of the most successful names in Twenty20 (T20) cricket.

Middle-order: The never ending batting goes on to the middle-order as they have experienced Dinesh Karthik and Dwayne Bravo. Karthik is capable of playing sensible knocks while Dwayne Bravo is known for his free hitting. Ravindra Jadeja comes following the two, who is equally capable of playing a match-winning knock. For further hitting, there is James Faulkner and India under-19 captain Ishan Kishan. Though the later has not shone yet so far, the talented batsman can fire anytime.

Bowlers: The bowling attack acts as a unit to get the desired success. Praveen Kumar is one very important element of the team looking at his experience. James Faulkner will be the perfect person to compliment Praveen Kumar while Dwayne Bravo has been exceptionally good. Dhawal Kulkarni has also been very good. The spin attack also looks good with Ravindra Jadeja leading the charge. Skipper Raina might also want to give Shivil Kaushik another chance to prove his mettle.

Gujarat Lions’ likely XI: Dwayne Bravo, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Ishan Kishan, Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shivil Kaushik

(Paulami Chakraborty, a singer, dancer, artist, and photographer, loves the madness of cricket and writes about the game. She can be followed on Twitter at @Polotwitts)