This match is perhaps between two of the struggling teams of Indian premier league, while one team is struggling with bat the other is struggling with the ball. You can call it an even competition. Royal challengers Bangalore problem got worsen after sharing the point with Sunrisers Hyderabad. Gujarat Lions on the other lost another game again tinkering a lot of changes with the team. If Royal Challengers Bangalore is going to win this match they will be placed at number 5 while Gujarat Lions will be placed at number 6 securing a win. Both teams will try to register a win if they don’t want to be out from the league.
Last time they played: last time when they met, the top four of RCB made merry and posted a total of 213 runs on board and despite a fighting knock from Brendon McCullum and late onslaught by Ishan Kishan Gujarat Lions were 21 runs short. RCB went on to win the match.
Head to head battle: Royal Challengers Bangalore have certainly the upper hand between the two teams head to head battle. Gujarat Lions have only won once against RCB while Royal Challengers Bangalore have registered 3 wins against them. They have played four games till now, three in last season and one in this season.
Royal challengers Bangalore: DLWLL
Gujarat Lions: LWLLW
Royal challengers Bangalore: The most prominent batting unit of Indian premier league have failed miserably in this season. The only time when they dominated with bat was in away game against Gujrata Lions which will surely boost their moral a bit. Chahal and mills were good with balls and will be also crucial in this game. They will not tinker much with the team though the recent failure but Harpreet Singh can be made to play in place of Mandeep Singh.
Probable XI: Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, AB De Villiers, Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh/Harpreet Singh, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Tymal mills, Samuel Badree/Tabraiz Shamsi, Yuzvendra chahal, S Aravind.
Gujarat Lions: Gujarat Lions made as many as four changes but it was of no use. The only positive thing from the last match for Gujarat Lions was the bowling of Nathu Singh. Dwayne Smith is consistently failing with both bat and ball and could make way for either James Faulkner or Jason Roy. Akshdeep Nath had a horrifying debut and Ishan Kishan is set to return in his place. Shubham Agarwal was expensive in his spell and can make way for Shadab jakati. Their latest buy Irfan Pathan is set to play his first IPL match of the season.
Probable XI: Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Ishan Kishan, James Faulkner/Jason Roy, Ravindra Jadeja, Irfan Pathan, Basil Thampi/Praveen Kumar, Shadab Jakati/ Shubham Agarwal, Nathu Singh.
Players in the Spotlight:
Chris Gayle: last game against the same opponent he was in insane mode and is likely to continue his form against the favorable opponent. Universe boss can take the game away from any team any time, so Gujarat Lions be very aware.
Brendon McCullum: The flying kiwi will be vital in posting or chasing a big target. His hitting abilities can tear apart the strongest of bowling set up. He will surely hold the key for Gujarat Lions.
Where: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
What to expect: this time there is no forecast of rain and game is surely bound to happen for sure. Batting will be a little difficult as it’s a slow track where ball doesn’t come easily to bat.
Toss Prediction: due to smaller grounds, team winning the toss will definately choose chasing.
Match prediction: Royal Challengers Bangalore have not fired as a unit yet and they are set to do so in this game. There are more chances of RCB winning the match.
* The team batting first will score more than 50 runs in powerplay.
* The match odds for the game are 79-80 RCB.