Apr 23: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Gujarat Titans, 35th match, DY Patil Stadium
Safe XI: Wriddhiman Saha, David Miller, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Abhinav Manohar, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell (vice-captain), Hardik Pandya (capt), Mohammed Shami, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson
Gujarat Titans’ decision to bat Hardik Pandya at No. 4 has been one of the key reasons for them topping the table this season. He is their leading run scorer with 228 runs in five outings with his lowest score being 27. As far as his bowling is concerned, he has picked up four wickets so far and has taken 11 wickets in nine innings against Knight Riders at an economy of 6.91.
Russell’s all-round performance this season has made him one of the captaincy choices for this game. He has scored 179 runs at a strike rate of 177.22 and has taken six wickets in seven games.
Shreyas Iyer: Knight Riders’ skipper is their leading run scorer this season, having accumulated 236 runs in seven games at a healthy strike rate of 148.42. He is the second-highest run scorer against Rashid Khan in history of the IPL, having scored 83 runs in 77 balls with just two dismissals.
Lockie Ferguson: Ferguson is set to lock horns against his former team, Knight Riders, for the first time. Along with Mohammed Shami, he is the joint-leading wicket-taker for Titans this season with eight wickets in six outings. The last time he played here, he picked up 3 for 23 against Rajasthan Royals.
High-risk XI: Wriddhiman Saha, Shreyas Iyer (capt), Shubman Gill, Abhinav Manohar, Aaron Finch, Hardik Pandya, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson (vice-captain)