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Gujarat Lions were in sensational form in their maiden season where they ended up being at the top of the points table. However, the team suffered two heartbreaking losses in the qualifiers where they were beaten by Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

At the IPL auction this year, the management was keen on strengthening the bowling line-up as a result of which they roped some known domestic names in Manpreet Gony, Munaf Patel, Nathu Singh and Pradeep Sangwan. They have retained their key players from the previous season, and with the likes of Suresh Raina, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja and James Faulkner in the team, there is no reason why the team cannot win the tournament this year.

Captain: Suresh Raina

Coach: Brad Hodge

Best Performance: 2016 play-off.

Squad: Suresh Raina, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Aaron Finch, James Faulkner, Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik, Jason Ray, Andrew Tye, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Pradeep Sangwan, Shadab Jakati, Ishan Kishan, Shivil Kaushik, Akshdeep Nath, Nathu Singh, Jaydev Shah, Manpreet Gony, Basil Thampy, Tejas Baroka, Chirag Suri, Pratham Singh, Shelly Shaurya, Shubham Agarwal.

Players to watch out for: Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Aaron Finch, James Faulkner, Ishan Kishan.

IPL 2016 FIXTURES

Gujarat Lions VS Kolkata Knight Riders
April 7
Match 3, D/N

Sunrisers Hyderabad VS TBA
April 9
Match 6, D/N

Gujarat Lions VS Rising Pune Supergiant
April 14
Match 13, D/N

Mumbai Indians VS Gujarat Lions
April 16
Match 16, D/N

Gujarat Lions VS Royal Challengers Bangalore
April 18
Match 20, D/N

Kolkata Knight Riders VS Gujarat Lions
April 21
Match 23, D/N

Gujarat Lions VS Kings XI Punjab
April 23
Match 26, D/N

Royal Challengers Bangalore VS Gujarat Lions
April 27
Match 31, D/N

Gujarat Lions VS Mumbai Indians
April 29
Match 35, D/N

Rising Pune Supergiant VS Gujarat Lions
May 1
Match 39, D/N

Delhi Daredevils VS Gujarat Lions
May 4
Match 42, D/N

Kings XI Punjab VS Gujarat Lions
May 7
Match 47, D/N

Gujarat Lions VS Delhi Daredevils
May 10
Match 50, D/N

Gujarat Lions VS Sunrisers Hyderabad
May 13
Match 53, D/N

Rising Pune Supergiant Vs Mumbai Indians

May 21  20:00 IST
Mumbai Indians beat Rising Pune Supergiant by 1 run

TBC Vs TBC

May 19  20:00 IST
Mumbai Indians won by 6 wickets with 33 balls remaining

IPL 2017 Points Table

TEAMS MP Won Lost Pts
MI 14 10 4 20
RPS 14 9 5 18
SRH 14 8 5 17
KKR 14 8 5 16
KXIP 14 7 7 14
DD 14 6 8 12
GL 14 4 10 8
RCB 14 3 10 7

ORANGE CAP

1 David Warner
SRH
641
Runs
2 Gautam Gambhir
KKR | 498 Runs
3 Shikhar Dhawan
SRH | 479 Runs

PURPLE CAP

1 Bhuvneshwar Kumar
SRH
26 Wickets
2 Jaydev Unadkat
RPS | 24 Wickets
3 Jasprit Bumrah
MI | 20 Wickets