KKR Vs GT in IPL: Gurbaj out after scoring 81 runs, first success to Noor Ahmed; Kolkata 137/5
The 39th match of Indian Premier League-16 is being played between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Gujarat Titans (GT) at Eden Gardens Stadium. Gujarat has won the toss and decided to bowl.
Batting first, Kolkata scored 137 runs for five wickets in 16 overs. Rinku Singh and Andre Russell are at the crease.
Rahmanullah Gurbaj got out after scoring 81 runs. He was caught by Noor Ahmed at the hands of Rashid Khan. Earlier, Joshua Little dismissed skipper Nitish Rana (4 runs) and Venkatesh Iyer (11 runs).
Mohammed Shami lbw Shardul Thakur (0 runs) and Narayan Jagdishan (19 runs).
Today is doubleheader day. The second match of the day will be played between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad from 7:30 pm at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.
Kolkata-Gujarat match scorecard
Kolkata wickets fell like this
First: On the 5th ball of the third over, Shami made Narayan Jagadishan LBW.
Second: On the last ball of the 5th over, Shami got Shardul Thakur caught by Mohit Sharma.
Third: Joshua Little lbw Venkatesh Iyer on the first ball of the 11th over.
Fourth: On the fourth ball of the 11th over, Joshua Little got captain Nitish Rana caught by Rahul Tewatia.
Fifth: Rahmanullah Gurbaz was caught by Rashid Khan on the second ball of the 16th over by Noor Ahmed.
Gurbaz scored the second fifty of the season
Rahmanullah Gurbaz has scored the second fifty of the season. He completed Fifty on 27 balls. Gurbaj has scored the second half-century of his career.
Two shocks to Kolkata in Powerplay also scored 61 runs
Kolkata got a mixed start in the powerplay. The team lost two wickets to score 61 runs in 6 overs. Opener Narayan Jagdishan was out on 19 and Shardul Thakur on zero. Shami got both wickets.
No change in Gujarat, but two changes in Kolkata
Kolkata has made two changes. His fast bowler Umesh Yadav will not play due to a hamstring injury. Harshit Rana comes in his place, Jason Roy is also ruled out due to back pain, and Rahmanullah Gurbaz comes in his place.
Playing-11 of both teams…
Kolkata Knight Riders: Nitish Rana (Captain), Narayan Jagadishan, Rahmanullah Gurbaj, Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Rinku Singh, David VJ, Shardul Thakur, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakraborty.
Impact Players: Suyyash Sharma, Mandeep Singh, Anukul Roy, Tim Southee, and Kulwant Khejroliya.
Gujarat Titans: Hardik Pandya (Captain), Wriddhiman Saha (Wicket-keeper), Abhinav Manohar, Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Joshua Little, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Noor Ahmed, and Mohit Sharma.
Impact Players: Shubman Gill, R Sai Kishore, Sreekar Bharat, Shivam Mavi, and Jayant Yadav.
KKR and GT are playing the second match of the season
It is not going to be easy for KKR to get past Hardik Pandya-led GT, who has a strong bowling attack and a formidable batsman. Gujarat has an experienced fast bowler in Mohammed Shami, while Hardik himself is bowling well in the power play. GT’s batsmen will face a tough challenge from both Afghanistan spinners Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmed.
Both teams will clash for the second time this season. Earlier, both had faced in the 13th match of the season, when Kolkata won. In that match, Rinku Singh hit 5 consecutive sixes to win the team. KKR wicket-keeper batsman Liton Das has returned home due to a family emergency. In the second match, the teams of Delhi Capitals (DC) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will be face-to-face.
Kolkata won only 3 out of 8 matches
Kolkata Knight Riders have played eight matches so far this season. In which he won three and lost five matches. After losing four consecutive matches, KKR made a comeback by defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the last match. KKR currently has only six points and will have to win at least five of the remaining six matches to make it to the playoffs.
Jason Roy, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, and David VJ can be the 4 foreign players on the team against Gujarat. Apart from these, players like Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, and Varun Chakraborty are making the team strong.
Gujarat won 5 out of 7 matches
Gujarat Titans have won 5 and lost 2 in 7 matches played so far this season. The team has 10 points. Gujarat has won both of its previous matches.
The 4 foreign players of the team against Kolkata can be David Miller, Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmed, and Alzarri Joseph. Apart from these, players like Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, and Wriddhiman Saha are strengthening the team.
Both teams are equal in head to head
This is only the second season of Gujarat Titans, captained by Hardik Pandya. Talking about head-to-head, both teams have faced each other twice. Gujarat and Kolkata won.
The pitch at Eden Gardens is known for batting. High-scoring T20 matches have happened here. But as the game progresses, it starts helping the bowlers too, especially the spinners. Players who bat with ticking can easily score big here.
The weather will be clear in Kolkata on Saturday. There is no chance of rain. The temperature of this day will be between 35 to 26 degree Celsius.