KKR are still in contention for the playoffs spot and would aim for a win here to seal it © AFP
KKR are still in contention for the playoffs spot and would aim for a win here to seal it © AFP

New franchise and hosts Gujarat Lions (GL) take on former champions and hosts Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), in Match 51 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016, at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Thursday. GL ,who have had given a steady start to the tournament have of late failed to deliver to the extent and have been inconsistent with their form, as they still fight for the playoffs spot. KKR, on the other hand, who too have been in steady form throughout the season, are still in contention for the playoffs spot and would aim for a win here to seal it, along with GL, who too would be eager to do so. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Gujarat Lions vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2016, Match 51 at Kanpur

GL lost their previous tie to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by a massive margin of 144 runs as RCB posted a mammoth total of 248, while GL were bundled for mere 104 in pursuit of the chase. The humongous defeat took a toll on their run rate. KKR, on the other hand, were handed a loss in their previous tie against the very same team, as RCB steered to a comfortable 9-wicket win over the hosts, despite the hosts putting up a decent and challenging total of 183 on the board. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Gujarat Lions vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2016, Match 51 at Kanpur

With the game being played at Kanpur, this is a neutral venue for both the teams, though GL is the home team in this game on paper. Nevertheless, expect an even support for both the teams. However, KKR can have the edge in support if principal owner Shahrukh Khan is present. As for the pitch, it is traditionally known to favour the batsmen, so expect runs in the game, which again puts KKR on the edge to clinch this tie.

Squads:

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Gautam Gambhir (c), Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa (wk), Sheldon Jackson (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Brad Hogg, Chris Lynn, Morne Morkel, Shakib Al Hasan, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Rajpoot, Shaun Tait, Jason Holder, Colin Munro, Rajgopal Sathish, Manan Sharma.

Gujarat Lions (GL): Suresh Raina (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner, Brendon McCullum, Praveen Kumar, Dale Steyn, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Dwayne Smith, Dhawal Kulkarni, Aaron Finch, Eklavya Dwivedi, Andrew Tye, Ishan Kishan, Jaydev Shah, Shadab Jakati, Pravin Tambe, Pradeep Sangwan, Amit Mishra, Shivil Kaushik, Aksh Deep Nath, Sarabjeet Ladda, Umang Sharma, Paras Dogra.