Gujarat Lions will play a home game against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their next venture. Despite a good bowling performance against Mumbai Indians Gujarat Lions lost the match and would love to bring the winning momentum towards them. Rohit Sharma was back in his form and made sure that Mumbai Indians register a win against Gujarat Lions. Royal Challengers Bangalore on the other hand tried lots and lots of combinations but it seems like nothing is working for their favor at this moment. Their line up consists of greatest of batsman from around the world but they failed to chase a below par score 162 runs at Chinnaswamy against Rising Pune Supergiant. Both teams are placed at the bottom of the table and would love to win a game.
Last time they played: Last time these two teams were against each other was in 2016 IPL qualifier. And Royal Challengers Bangalore Went on to win the match by 4 wickets. Chasing a total of 159, RCB didn’t had the greatest of start but in the end a partnership between ABD and Iqbal Abdulla made sure that RCB register a win and make to final with 10 balls to spare. For Gujarat Lions, Dwayne Smith shone with the bat.
Head to Head Battle: Gujarat Lions being the new franchise have only faced Royal Challengers Bangalore for 3 times and only won a single game against them. So Bangalore has a slightly upper hand on Gujarat winning 2 out of three games.
Royal challengers Bangalore: Shane Watson poor form has now become a worry for the franchise and he might get replace with either Gayle or Travis Head. Mandeep Singh regular failure from last two-three matches is another headache for the team and Vishnu Vinod might get a chance to play in place of him. Adam Milne was good with ball and would likely to remain in the playing eleven unless Tymal Mills left handed bowling is not preferred. There would be toss up between Pawan Negi and Iqbal Abdulla. A lot of changes might be seen to gain the winning momentum. ABD getting injured four hours before the game have opened gate for both Gayle and Travis Head.
Probable XI: Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, Shane Watson/Travis Head, Vishnu Vinod/Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi/ Iqbal Abdulla, Yuzvendra Chahal, Samuel Badree, Adam Milne, Sreenath Aravind.
Gujarat Lions: Though they were on the losing side the other night but they are unlikely to make changes in their playing eleven. Aaron Finch could get a game in place of Jason Roy. Ishan Kishan might be replaced by Akshdeep Nath.
Probable XI: Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Aaron Finch/Jason Roy, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Ishan Kishan/Akshdeep Nath, Ravindra Jadeja, Andrew Tye, Munaf Patel, Praveen Kumar, Basil Thampi/Shivil Kaushik.
Players in the Spotlight:
Kedar Jadhav : he had a tremendous start in this year IPL and would love to continue scoring runs in his team favor despite failing in the last match.
Dwayne Smith: The big carribean is a powerhouse in terms of hitting and can be a handy performer for Gujarat Lions.
What: Gujarat Lions vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 20:00 IST.
Where: Saurashtra cricket association stadium, Rajkot.
What to expect: chasing on the cards with plenty of runs to be scored and spinners getting assistance. A hot climate to play in for sure.
Toss Prediction: Bowling first will be the choice for the captain winning the toss.
Match Prediction: Royal Challengers Bangalore have the more chances of winning the match.
* A higher session will be good to bet for.
* Betting odds for the game are 80-81 Bangalore.