Looking at the names if there was one team you would like to place your money on it has to be Royal Challengers Bangalore. They boast of the biggest names of the cricketing world today. But the results have not gone their way, like it has never for the last 9 editions. This year nothing much has changed, yet they are on the cusp of exit. Gujarat Lions were the table toppers last year and this year they are placed right at the bottom of the table hence they would be hoping to escape from the last spot. The match takes place at the MA Chinnaswamy where the wicket could be damp, considering it has been raining since the last 48 hours.
The teams have met four times, with Royal Challengers winning thrice and losing once. They have batted first in three of the four matches, posting totals of 180, 248 and 213.
With the allrounder Dwayne Bravo ruled out of the entire season with a hamstring injury, Lions have signed up Irfan Pathan as a replacement, who will now be playing for his sixth IPL franchise.
The match starts at 2000 hrs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1 Chris Gayle/Travis Head/Shane Watson, 2 Virat Kohli (capt), 3 AB de Villiers, 4 Kedar Jadhav (wk), 5 Mandeep Singh, 6 Stuart Binny, 7 Pawan Negi, 8 Tymal Mills/Adam Milne, 9 Samuel Badree, 10 S Aravind, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
Gujarat Lions: 1 Brendon McCullum, 2 Aaron Finch/Jason Roy/James Faulkner, 3 Suresh Raina (capt), 4 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 5 Dwayne Smith, 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 Ishan Kishan, 8 Andrew Tye, 9 Basil Thampi, 10 Shubham Agarwal/Praveen Kumar/Dhawal Kulkarni, 11 Nathu Singh