Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Lions Preview, Prediction, RCB vs GL Dream 11, Playing XI
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Lions Preview
PLAYER UPDATE: Dwayne Bravo has been ruled out from the remainder of the season due to a hamstring injury. Irfan Pathan has been called in as a replacement for the Trinidadian all-rounder. Gujarat Lions have had a porous bowling unit this season and are tottering at the bottom of the table.
REMINISCENCE: The Royal Challengers were in a similar position the previous year, where the team needed at least 5 wins of a possible 6. Cometh the hour, Cometh the captain was a common phrase used for the Royal skipper last year; the champion batsman along with AB de Villiers piled up runs to help them secure a place in the top 4.
TEAM COMBINATION RCB:
Rain played spoilsport a couple of days back when the Challengers were to face the defending champions. The team did manage a solitary point, but at this critical juncture a victory is what they’ll be wanting. After a melt down at the Eden Garden Virat Kohli and Co will now need to win all the 6 games left, to jump to the top half of the table. A sparse failure shouldn’t affect the morale of the team; also their combination. The team is likely to retain most of the players form their previous fixture.
The only change plausible/possible might be the inclusion of Harpreet Singh for Stuart Binny. The left handed batsman from Madhya Pradesh was the leading run getter in the Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy 2017. With 221 runs in 4 games at 52.75 striking at 145.51 per hundred balls, the dasher might prove to be the game changer the Royal Challengers are in search for, in a toiling middle order. Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Samuel Badree and Tymal Mills will be the likely 4 overseas players in the Challengers’ eleven.
Team Combination GL:
The Lions have had a topsy-turvy campaign so far and like the Royal Challengers they’ll be needing a minimum of 12 points to qualify for the play-offs. The team has experimented a little more than required this season; the injury woes didn’t help them either. Irfan Pathan has been added to the squad after Bravo was declared unfit for the season, but the allrounder wouldn’t walk in unless the unit has some serious injury concerns. Ishan Kishan and Dhawal Kulkarni are likely to be included in the playing eleven after missing out the last game. James Faulkner surprisingly hasn’t been the first choice overseas player. If the Lions need to make inroads, Faulkner has to be the go to man.
RCB vs GL BOWLING WOES:
Andrew Tye has been the only bowler who’s looked like picking wickets. Basil Thampi has been mighty impressive, but the pacer has either bowled in the power-plays or the death where the marginal for error is negligible. The added responsibility has brought the best out of him, but Thampi needs to hone his skills to become a match winner. Tye has the best bowling figures this season for Gujarat Lions with 5/17; the next best being 1/16, shows how futile the bowling attack has been.
RCB vs GL Match Prediction
HEAD TO HEAD: PLAYED 4, RCB 3, GL 1.
RCB OR GL: Both teams have a hefty point to prove and the temperament of the captains will be tested. Virat Kohli sure is a pugnacious leader but his temperament and game awareness is undoubtedly the best in the business. Having restricted the Kolkata Knight Riders to less than 7 runs per over in the 27th game of this season, the Challengers do seem a sturdier bowling force. The Challengers did bail themselves out from an identical plight last year and this experience to perform under pressure hands them the advantage in the 2nd leg between the two teams.
RCB vs GL Playing XI
Royal challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Kedhar Jadhav(wk), Mandeep Singh, Harpreet Singh, Pawan Negi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Tymal Mills, Sreenath Aravind, Samuel Badree.
Gujarat Lions: Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Suresh Raina(c), Dinesh Karthik(wk), Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Andrew Tye, Basil Thampi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Nathu Singh.