Gujarat Lions who have endured a tough start the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League will come up against Rising Pune Supergiant at Rajkot on Friday with an aim to register their first win of the season. The Lions have lost both their opening matches where in they have takes just a solitary wicket. Suresh Raina and Co. would be hoping to get their season up and running when a struggling Rising Pune Supergiant pay visit.
RPS too haven't had the best of starts to their campaign after falling to two consecutive defeats in their last two outings after the win over Mumbai Indians in their first game.
The home side will be boosted by the return to fitness of Ravindra Jadeja who will be expected to add much needed bite to their bowling attack. Jadeja missed Gujarat Lions first two games after he was advised rest for two weeks by the BCCI medical team soon after the India's four match Test series against Australia.
Jadeja has had a terrific home season with both ball and bat for India and his return will definitely boost Gujarat Lions morale.
Rising Pune Supergiant on the other hand will be hoping that some of their key players which include the likes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ben Stokes find some form to get the team going after the twin setbacks. Captain Steve Smith who missed the previous match due to an upset stomach is also expected to be back to bolster the visitors.
Lions and Supergiant who are both in their second IPL season had contrasting debuts in 2016. The Lions marched all the way to the play-offs to finish third, while Rising Pune Supergiant failed to get going as they ended at the bottom of the pile at the end of the group stages.
Both teams who are yet to hit full stride this season will be hoping to that the game in Rajkot on Friday will prove to be a springboard for their season.
Here's all you need to know about catching Friday's action live:
When will the GL vs RPS IPL 2017 match be played?
Gujarat Lions will host Rising Pune Supergiant on 14 April.
How do I watch the GL vs RPS clash live?
The matches will be broadcast live on television by Sony Network.
What time will live coverage of the match start?
The live broadcast of the day match will start at 8 PM IST.
Where can you follow the matches online?
The match will be streamed online on Hotstar.
You can also check out the live blogs on www.firstpost.com, for all the latest action during matches apart from live scores, updates and analysis.
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Updated Date: Apr 14, 2017 14:35:48 IST