All has been well for new starter Gujarat Lions so far as they have managed to win all 3 games so far convincingly riding on unstoppable form of Australian opener Aaron Finch who has been man of the match for them for all 3 games being played. But having hurt his hamstring during the last-ball thriller against Mumbai Indians, though, Finch is uncertain for Thursday's match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The injury to Aaron Finch means the responsibility will be on Dinesh Karthik and Suresh Raina, yet to hit their strongest of form, to drive the batting along with McCullum. Finch or without Finch, theirs is a commanding line-up whose batting depth surfaced in their three-wicket win over Mumbai Indians. What shows the superb balance of their side is that Dale Steyn is yet to get a look-in. Their bowling has been reasonably good so far driving on good performances from PravinTambe, ShadabJakati, DJ Bravo and James Faulkner. Watch live streaming of match @ IPL Live Streaming 2016.
On the other hand Sunrisers don't have a wealth of options, and are eagerly waiting to have Yuvraj Singh and Kane Williamson match-fit. Until then, they need to find ways to complement David Warner, who has been in rip-roaring form and has been only above par performing batsman from the entire side. His unbeaten 90 that gave Sunrisers their first win, against Mumbai, was a T20 master class. While his return to the top - he batted in the middle order for Australia at the World T20 - has yielded desired results, the team management could similarly consider promoting Eoin Morgan to No. 3.
Ashish Nehra's absence due to a groin injury has put the focus on Bhuvneshwar Kumar and BarinderSran. The pair stepped up and finished with 4 for 45 in eight overs between them in Sunrisers' seven-wicket win on Monday. Mustafizur Rahman's cutters have been difficult to negotiate as well.
RavindraJadeja has rejoined the squad after a short break for his wedding, and should slot back into the XI. With seamerDhawal Kulkarni having performed well in his first outing, it could be batsman AkshdeepNath who makes way for Jadeja. If Finch is not fit, Dwayne Smith could come in.
Gujarat Lions (probable): 1 Aaron Finch/Dwayne Smith, 2 Brendon McCullum, 3 Suresh Raina (capt), 4 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 RavindraJadeja, 7 James Faulkner, 8 Praveen Kumar, 9 Dhawal Kulkarni, 10ShadabJakati, 11 PravinTambe
Sunrisers are unlikely to make any change to the line-up that beat Mumbai Indians at home on Monday.
Sunrisers Hyderabad(probable): 1 David Warner (capt), 2 ShikharDhawan, 3 MoisesHenriques, 4 NamanOjha (wk), 5 Deepak Hooda, 6 Eoin Morgan, 7 Ashish Reddy, 8 Bipul Sharma, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 BarinderSran