Daredevils bowl, Brathwaite replaces Rabada

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Gujarat Lions v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2017, Kanpur

Zaheer Khan, the Delhi Daredevils captain, chose to bowl first in the dead-rubber match against Gujarat Lions in Kanpur. The chasing team has won each of the three previous T20 games at the venue, which is hosting its first game of the season.

Delhi Daredevils player Carlos Brathwaite celebrates the wicket of Sunrisers Hyderabad player Shikhar Dhawan during match 52 of the Vivo Indian Premier League ( IPL ) between the Delhi Daredevils and the the Sunrisers Hyderabad held at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, Naya Raipur, India on the 20th May 2016
Photo by Vipin Pawar / IPL/ SPORTZPICS

Chasing teams have generally held a distinct advantage against Lions as well – in their two IPL seasons, Lions have only won once while batting first, in 12 attempts. That one win, however, came against Daredevils last season.

Daredevils made one change to the team that lost by 146 runs to Mumbai Indians, bringing in Carlos Brathwaite for Kagiso Rabada, who has left the IPL to join South Africa’s ODI team in England. Lions, who beat Kings XI Punjab in their previous game, were unchanged.

Gujarat Lions: 1 Dwayne Smith, 2 Ishan Kishan, 3 Suresh Raina (capt), 4 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 5 Aaron Finch, 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 James Faulkner, 8 Dhawal Kulkarni, 9 Pradeep Sangwan, 10 Basil Thampi, 11 Ankit Soni.

Delhi Daredevils: 1 Sanju Samson, 2 Karun Nair, 3 Rishabh Pant (wk), 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 Marlon Samuels, 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Carlos Brathwaite, 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Zaheer Khan. (ESPNCricinfo)

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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