Royal Challengers Bangalore’s team will try to bring their campaign back on Thursday against the Lions after the lively performance of the batsmen, following the rain-rumors of the last match.
The Bangalore team will have to win all six remaining matches to retain their hopes of reaching the knockout. The Royal Challengers had to satisfy only one point due to rain on Tuesday night against Sunrisers Hyderabad‘s match . In this way they have only five points in eight matches and on sixth place in the table. Earlier, Virat Kohli and company got stuck on only 49 runs, which is the lowest score in IPL against Kolkata Knight Riders.
During this humiliating performance at Eden Gardens, none of the Royal Challengers batsmen reached double digits. Three of his top batsmen, captain Kohli , Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers have failed to perform as expected. It will be difficult for Indian captain Kohli to accept the fact that his team will also fail to reach the knockout.
Although they still have the chance. Royal Challengers Bangalore will face Gujarat Lions, which is not in good form. There are only four points in seven matches of the Lions and they are at the bottom of the table. The Lions batting has also not been good and its top batsmen have occasionally shown their flaws. The team is desperate to overcome it .
Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Gujrat Lions Live Score & Team Details
Match : Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Gujrat Lions
Vanue : M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Time : 08:00 PM
It would be interesting to see if Irfan Pathan, who was included in the Gujarat team instead of injured Dwayne Bravo is taken in the final eleven. Irfan was one of those big names in the auction for the IPL in February, for which no franchisee has bid for . Irfan has played 102 matches for the five teams in the last nine seasons and during this time he has got 80 wickets and scored 1137 runs.
Gujarat Lions had recorded their last win against Kolkata Knight Riders with the help of captain Suresh Raina’s 84 off 46 balls. Raina has so far scored 275 runs and is among the top five batsmen. On Thursday, the team will again trust him . Apart from Raina, Brendon McCullum and Aaron Finch will also have the responsibility to make Gujarat a bigger score. Brandon McCullum has scored 258 runs so far. Raina, McCullum and Aaron Finch will all try to match RCB’s ‘Big Three’.
Bowling is a major problem of Gujarat. GL bowlers could only take 26 wickets in six matches. GL fast bowler Andrew Tye is expected to be fit for today’s match . He has taken nine wickets including hat-trick in four matches so far. While Ravindra Jadeja, the main bowler involved in the team of Gujarat has not been able to do well for team till now, Praveen Kumar is not even quick in swing . Only Kerala pace bowler Basil Thampi has performed well on his side.