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Aaron Finch left out of Gujarat Lions’ IPL clash vs MI for this bizarre reason

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Aaron Finch of Gujarat Lions arrives for the 2017

In what could be termed as one of he most bizarre reasons to miss a match, Gujarat Lions’ overseas batsman Aaron Finch could not feature in their IPL-10 clash against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday as the Australian did not have his kit bag with him.

Finch’s kit bag did not reach on time from Rajkot for MI clash and had to be dropped from the playing XI.

The reason was revealed by Gujarat Lions’ skipper Suresh Raina at the time of toss.

This is perhaps the most absurd reason to miss a match one has heard in recent times.

Finch’s participation in the match may have been prevented due sponsor commitments. Finch could have easily borrowed cricketing gears from his teammates, but his commercial deal with a bat company may not have allowed him to play the match.

Finch has scored 51 runs in three matches. The Aussie played a crucial role with skipper Raina in the last match to see the team through safely, chasing Rising Pune Supergiant’s score of 171/8 and pocket their first win of IPL-10.

IPL Gujarat Lions or Bengal Tiger, who will roar louder? IPL 2017 Match 3 Predections

A top-heavy Gujarat Lions would look to better their debut season’s success and aim for a winning start against two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders in an Indian Premier League match, here today.

Gujarat Lions were the table-toppers at the end of the league stage in the last IPL, but finished third after defeats in the two Qualifiers against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

But this time around, the Suresh Raina-led side would look to go one step up in only their second season of the IPL.

GL vs KKR

Gujarat Lions boost of a robust batting line-up and were the only team last year to score 70 or more in the powerplay.

Five of Gujarat Lions batsmen — Raina, Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Dinesh Karthik and Dwayne Smith — were among runs in the last IPL. They also have the likes of Jason Roy and in-form Dinesh Karthik in their rank.

Having defeated Kolkata Knight Riders in both home and away games in the previous season, Gujarat Lions also enjoy a psychological advantage over them.

On the bowling front, Gujarat Lions have an effective new-ball pair in Dhawal Kulkarni and Praveen Kumar.

Kulkarni’s 14 wickets in the powerplay were the most for any bowler in 2016, and he combined well with Praveen.

But Gujarat Lions will miss two of their key players — Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo, who is out injured early on.

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