It’s the battle of the newbies. Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiants, who opened their IPL 2016 campaign with a win each, will now go head to head.
The two sides feature quite a few familiar faces from the suspended Chennai Super Kings and a total of six players, who played in the same team till the previous season, will now be in opposite camps. After nine long years, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni will lead their separate teams when the two walk out for the toss.
A clinical win against MI, hence Dhoni’s side has no reason to tinker the winning line-up unless there are any injury concerns. Conditions will be different to the one in Wankhede. Hence, it will be interesting to see if Dhoni continues to give R Ashwin his full quota of overs.Likewise, Gujarat Lions were ably supported by their batsmen to ease past Kings XI Punjab in the end. However, besides Dwayne Bravo, who once again proved his worth in the T20 format, the bowling remains ordinary. It’s time Bravo’s effort rubs on his fellow bowlers.Already comprising a solid all-round team, the Lions’ bowling was a concern the other night. But since it’s still early days in the tournament, not a lot is likely to change. That being said, Suresh Raina, who has been struggling for runs, has a golden opportunity to get some runs under his belt. He knows most of the bowlers having spent time with them playing for the same franchise for almost the last decade.