Marcus Stoinis was included in Kings XI’s side after Shaun Marsh was hospitalised due to food poisoning © Cricket Australia/Getty Images
Gujarat Lions captain Suresh Raina chose to bowl in the franchise’s first IPL game against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali. “It always does a little bit early on here, and we have good swing bowlers – [Pradeep] Sangwan is there, Praveen Kumar is there,” Raina said.
David Miller, leading Kings XI for the first time, brought debutant Marcus Stoinis into the playing side with Shaun Marsh hospitalised due to food poisoning. Kings XI also included two spinners in Axar Patel and legspinning debutant Pardeep Sahu.
Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner, Brendon McCullum and Aaron Finch filled the overseas slots for the new franchise. Legspinner Sarabjit Ladda, who played eight games for Rajasthan Royals, and India U-19 captain Ishan Kishan were also included.
Kings XI Punjab: 1 Manan Vohra, 2 M Vijay, 3 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 David Miller (capt), 6 Axar Patel, 7 Marcus Stoinis, 8 Pardeep Sahu, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Mohit Sharma, 11 Sandeep Sharma
Gujarat Lions: 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Brendon McCullum, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 5 Ishan Kishan, 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 James Faulkner, 9 Praveen Kumar, 10 Pradeep Sangwan, 11 Sarabjit Ladda
Nikhil Kalro is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo
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