The wounds of the 10-wicket defeat to KKR in their opener still fresh, Gujarat Lions will now look to move ahead as they gear up to face defending champion Sunrisers Hyderabad in their first away game of the Indian Premier League.
Sunrisers are high on confidence after a comfortable 35-run win in their opening game against a depleted Royal Challengers Bangalore while Gujarat Lions were demolished by the KKR opening pair of Chris Lynn and Gautam Gambhir during their 184-run opening stand.
With Yuvraj Singh in prime form and Australian Moises Henriques and Ben Cutting making all-round contributions, Sunrisers are favourites going into the match.
Under the spotlight will be teenage Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan Arman, who got a couple of wickets on his IPL debut for SRH. (Read: Afghan Fans Back Home Are Waiting For Us To Do Well in IPL: Nabi) For Gujarat, save Praveen Kumar's couple of overs their primarily Indian bowling line-up were taken to the cleaners by the KKR opening duo of Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn on Friday. The likes of chinaman Shivil Kaushik, India discard Dhawal Kulkarni were hammered all around the park.
The defeat would certainly force Lions to ring in a few changes. Australia all-rounder James Faulkner may replace a horribly out-of-form and out-of-shape Dwayne Smith.
With Jason Roy and Brendon McCullum set to get a longer rope at the top of the order, Faulkner's better bowling ability makes him a more viable option that Smith, who is batting lower down the order. Skipper Suresh Raina had acknowledged missing seasoned players like Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja. (Read: Suresh Raina Praises Karthik, But Says Team Missed Jadeja & Bravo)
Gujarat’s batting however, put up a decent show with captain Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik scoring 68 not out and 47 runs respectively.
In the previous encounter between the two sides during the last edition's qualifier, Lions lost to Sunrisers despite ending as table toppers.
Sunrisers have a potent bowling attack wit Ashish Nehra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cutting and Rashid sharing the burden.
Captain David Warner's destructive batting prowess is well-known but his form has been on the wane of late.
Other opener Shikhar Dhawan scored a 40 in the last game and is eying to continue his good form hoping for an India recall in the Champions Trophy.
Seasoned Yuvraj Singh was at his best in that match scoring 62 runs in just 27 balls. SRH can take pride in its players like all-rounder Moises Henriques, young Deepak Hooda and wicket-keeper batsman Naman Ojha doing well for the side.