The Kolkata team will be locking horns against the defending champions Gujarat team in a mouth-watering Indian Playerzpot League 2023 contest. The match will be played in Kolkata’s backyard at the iconic Eden Gardens. Coming off on the back of a big win against the mighty Chennai team, the N. Rana & co will be going in this contest with their tails up. Considering Kolkata won the contest last time both the teams met, the agenda for Gujarat will be looking to get even this time around.
Both teams have seen ups and downs this season, Kolkata has been inconsistent with their wins while Gujarat seems to lose its tempo in the games where they were considered favourites. Talk about their position in the table standings the Gujarat team is 2nd in the table and a win will see them shoot up to the top of the table. While Kolkata is struggling in the 7th place and a win will see them substance the current stance.
Players to watch out for
S. Gill (Gujarat)
Winds are in Gujarat’s favour for a win if S. Gill performs with his bat. The young opening batter has had a big impact on the team with his individual performances, and this season has forgiving for him so far. He may not be in red-hot form but mind you he is still a lethal weapon for the Gujarat team. After being dismissed for a duck against Lucknow, he bounced back with a strong outing against Mumbai and this is what sets him apart from the rest. With 284 runs in 7 games, he is also in contention for the Orange Cap.
M. Sharma (Gujarat)
M. Sharma is indeed the surprise package bundled in the Gujarat team and he has pulled the weight in some important wins. Not to forget the last over against Lucknow which was a thriller and he picked up 2 wickets in the death. With 6 wickets in 4 matches he has played, he is rightly a good choice of an impact player if indeed Gujarat needs to stem the flow of runs while defending. Nevertheless, his inclusion in the team has added new dynamics to ever so experimental Gujarat team.
V. Chakarvarthy (Kolkata)
The spinner largely have been enjoying a good season with the ball and Kolkata who is known for the spin attack does have some skilled masters at their disposal. However, V. Chakarvarthy is the one that has stood out as he has weaved his magic with the ball. He was lethal in the game against Bangalore where he took out the big guns, scalping 3 wickets. Moreover, he has a total of 13 wickets to his name and is amongst the top wicket-takers.
S. Sharma (Kolkata)
The young spinner was the differential player in the win against Bangalore. Coming on as the impact substitute, he left a big impact on the pitch with his spin bowling. He got the big fish in F. Du Plessis and next he also got S. Ahmed which spread chaos in the Bangalore batting ranks. Given how spin bowling is affecting the outcome of the games, it won’t be a surprise if S. Sharma makes the playing X1 against Gujarat.
Predicted Playing X1
Kolkata – J. Roy, N. Jagadeesan [WK], V. Iyer, N. Rana [C], A. Russell, R. Singh, D. Wiese, S. Narine, S. Sharma, U. Yadav, V. Chakarvarthy
Gujarat – W. Saha [WK], S. Gill, H. Pandya [C], V. Shankar, D. Miller, A. Manohar, R. Tewatia, R. Khan, N. Ahmad, M. Shami, M. Sharma
Fantasy X1 Top Player Picks:
Wicketkeeper – W. Saha
Batters – S. Gill, V. Iyer, J. Roy, D. Miller
All-rounders – H. Pandya [VC], A. Russell
Bowlers – M. Sharma, V. Chakarvarthy [C], R. Khan, M. Shami
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