KKR are currently sitting atop the table with six victories from the nine matches they played © AFP
KKR are currently sitting atop the table with six victories from the nine matches they played © AFP

This is match No. 38 of the ninth season of Indian Premier League (IPL) as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) take on Gujarat Lions (GL) at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. KKR are currently sitting atop the table with six victories from the nine matches they played while GL are not far behind as they are following KKR with six victories from ten matches. The fight between the current top two teams will definitely be an interesting one and the result is bound to change many equations. Before the match, here is the likely XI with which KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir might want to go with. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Gujarat Lions, IPL 2016, Match 38 at Kolkata

Top-order: The KKR top-order has been quite consistent with the two regular openers doing exceptionally well. Gambhir, who is among the contenders for the orange cap, leads from the front as he opens batting for the side alongside Robin Uthappa, who is known for his sensible cricket. Both the players are in good touch and are the pillar of the KKR batting and the team will expect them to continue the same form. For the No. 3 position , KKR have quite a few options starting with Yusuf Pathan. Yusuf was the game-changer for KKR against RCB scoring 60 runs off 29 deliveries and looking at the performance, Gambhir might think of giving him more chance to bat sending him one down.

Middle-order: KKR’s middle-order also looks quite sorted, with many in-form and talented players. The middle-order starts with Andre Russell who is KKR’s go to man when all-round performance is concerned. Following him, Manish Pandey may come out. With Shakib Al Hasan and Suryakumar Yadav coming after Manish Pandey, the batting looks to be long and quite powerful one.

Bowling: With two overseas players in the batting line-up in Shakib and Russell, it leaves Gambhir with two more spots which he will likely fill with Morne Morkel and Brad Hogg. Though Hogg went a bit expensive in KKR’s previous game, he has done decently and brings a lot of experience. Morkel, on the other hand, has maintained a very good economy and scalped wickets, just like Piyush Chawla. But the most successful has to be Russell who is currently the leading wicket-taker and has the Purple Cap with him. KKR has another option in Umesh Yadav and with him, their action looks sharp. The fifth weapon for KKR bowling is Shakib, who also is one of the most experienced players and can take crucial wickets.

Kolkata Knight Riders likely XI: Gautam Gambhir (c), Robin Uthappa (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Suryakumar Yadav, Brad Hogg, Piyush Chawla, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav