Last season: Lions won both matches last season and did so by chasing targets of 164 in Rajkot and 196 in Pune.Ravindra Jadeja joined the Lions squad on Wednesday and is expected to get his IPL 2017.
Lions’ overseas combination is set to be revamped, with either James Faulkner or Andrew Tye making their way into the XI to beef up a bowling attack that has picked up only one wicket in two matches.
For Pune, Steven Smith has recovered from an upset stomach that kept him out of the clash against Sunrisers. Manoj Tiwary, who also missed the last game following his father’s death, has re-joined the squad.
Expected Playing XIs –
Rising Pune Supergiant: 1 Ajinkya Rahane, 2 Mayank Agarwal, 3 Steven Smith 4 Ben Stokes, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Manoj Tiwary, 7 Rajat Bhatia, 8 Adam Zampa, 9 Deepak Chahar, 10 Imran Tahir, 11 Ashok Dinda/Shardul Thakur
Gujarat Lions: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Brendon McCullum, 3 Suresh Raina (capt), 4 Aaron Finch, 5 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 James Faulkner, 8 Praveen Kumar, 9 Tejas Baroka/Basil Thampi, 10 Dhawal Kulkarni, 11 Shivil Kaushik