IPL 2017, GL vs RCB, preview: Can Virat Kohli inspire RCB climb-up from last spot?

Indian Premier League 2017, GL v RCB: Travis Head instead of Shane Watson, keeping in mind there is a Ravindra Jadeja to combat

If there is one team that can be too hot or too cold on a certain day, it has to be the Royal Challengers Bangalore. They have been blessed with greats over the nine previous editions, but not once have they won it. That tells you a story! Virat Kohli is back but the winning ways are not. Chris Gayle has looked out of sorts and AB de Villiers has fired in patches. Consistency has been one aspect where they have faltered. Today they may opt for a Travis Head instead of Shane Watson, keeping in mind there is a Ravindra Jadeja to combat.

Gujarat Lions on the other have have not had the best of seasons, their big guns have not fired consistently. The lions would be hoping Brendon McCullum comes to the party along with Dwayne Smith and Suresh Raina. There could be a toss up between Aaron Finch and Jason Roy also between Munaf Patel and Shadab Jakati.

The lions will be wary of Samuel Badree, he already has a hat-trick in this tournament. RCB will feel they are a specialist bowler short in the absence of Mitchell Starc.

Likely XIs

Gujarat Lions 1 Brendon McCullum, 2 Dwayne Smith, 3 Suresh Raina (capt), 4 Aaron Finch/Jason Roy, 5 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 6 Ishan Kishan, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Praveen Kumar/Dhawal Kulkarni, 9 Basil Thampi, 10 AJ Tye, 11 Munaf Patel/Shadab Jakati

Royal Challengers Bangalore 1 Chris Gayle/Shane Watson, 2 Virat Kohli (capt), 3 AB de Villiers, 4 Mandeep Singh, 5 Kedar Jadhav (wk), 6 Vishnu Vinod (wk)/ Stuart Binny, 7 Pawan Negi, 8 Adam Milne/Billy Stanlake/Tymal Mills, 9 Samuel Badree, 10 S Aravind, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal