In the first qualifier of the Indian Premier League’s ninth edition, Royal Challengers Bangalore will lock horns with Gujarat Lions on Tuesday at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. Leaders at the end of the league stage with 18 points, Gujarat Lions, have performed admirably considering this is their first season in the IPL.
RCB would be desperate to continue their winning momentum for two more matches and ensure that they improve on their runners-up finish from the 2009 and 2011 season. Kohli has so far amassed a record 919 runs in the ongoing IPL with four centuries and six fifties at a staggering average of 91.90.
When: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Gujarat Lions, May 24, 2016, Qualifier 1, 8PM IST
Where: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
What to expect: Partly cloudy sky with a shower or thunderstorm expected in parts of the city in the evening. If the match is washed out, the first option will be to play an over-eliminator to decide the winner. If that is also not possible, the team that has finished ahead in the league stage (Gujarat Lions in this case) will go through to the final.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the toss and have opted to field
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Royal Challengers Bangalore v Gujarat Lions IPL 57th Match will start From 8 pm IST/ 3:30 pm GMT. Sony SiX going to telecast the IPL T20 match in India with an option to live stream it on starsports.com and hotstar.com
Gujarat Lions vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Qualifier 1 Match:-
Raina: “We have done well as a unit. Important to play with the same intent. Very difficult when Virat bats second, so important to get Virat out early. Would have bowled first too. The team have shown great discipline and it’s about building partnerships tonight. It’s been good (when Ravi Shastri mentioned about parenthood). We are playing with the same eleven.”
Kohli: “We will bowl first. Looks a typical Bengaluru wicket and should not change much through the game. And we are confident of chasing any score here at this stadium. This is something we are looking forward to. We didn’t expect to finish in the top 2 but that’s what NRR does; it was more like 2 points for us. We have to just take advantage of playing at home. We are playing with the same team.”
Gujarat Lions (Playing XI): Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Dwayne Smith, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Eklavya Dwivedi, Praveen Kumar, Shadab Jakati, Dhawal Kulkarni
Gujarat Lions (From): Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Dwayne Smith, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Eklavya Dwivedi, Shadab Jakati, Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Sarabjit Ladda, James Faulkner, Pradeep Sangwan, Paras Dogra, Jaydev Shah, Dale Steyn, Andrew Tye, Pravin Tambe, Akshdeep Nath, Umang Sharma, Amit Mishra, Ishan Kishan, Shivil Kaushik
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Lokesh Rahul(w), Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Sreenath Aravind, Iqbal Abdulla, Yuzvendra Chahal
Royal Challengers Bangalore (From): Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Lokesh Rahul(w), Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Iqbal Abdulla, Sreenath Aravind, Yuzvendra Chahal, David Wiese, Varun Aaron, Vikramjeet Malik, Abu Nechim, Kane Richardson, Kedar Jadhav, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Vikas Tokas, Travis Head, Akshay Karnewar, Sarfaraz Khan, Praveen Dubey, Tabraiz Shamsi, Parvez Rasool