RCB is the hot favorite team for this IPL but after the start of IPL this team going down and down day-by-day and unfortunately, now they are at last position. On the other hand, GL also not performing well and they are at the 7th position in the points table by playing 4 matches and won only 1 out of these matches while RCB also won only one match but by playing 5 matches.
Both the teams have quality players like we got Gayle, Kohli, Watson, AB de Villiers, Chahal or much more great players but this team remains unlucky in this IPL yet. Gujarat also has many many great batsmen but there is a lil bit lackness in the bowling lineup.
RCB will be coming into the game on the back of a loss at home to the Rising Pune Supergiant, where they failed to chase a score just in excess of 160 while the Lions will be coming into the game after losing to the Mumbai Indians away from home.
On the other hand, Gujarat Lions have shown better execution with the bat, with Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith setting the foundation, but barring them, none have put up a big score. Dinesh Karthik had a fine game on Sunday, but needs to remain consistent. Suresh Raina too had one good game but nothing apart from that.
In the bowling, the team has surely missed the services of Dwayne Bravo and will hope he returns to the side soon.
If RCB bats 1st: 170+
If the pitch is a good one for batting, expect the RCB top-order to have a feast. Kohli has shown no rust so far, despite having being out of action for a month. de Villiers in his comeback match showed what he was capable of and it is now upto the rest to stand up and deliver.
If GL bat first: 160+
The onus will once again be on the openers to do the bulk of the damage at the top. Suresh Raina will look to get a score on his board after the opening game. Critically, they will need contributions from the likes of Karthik and others at the Number 5,6 and 7 slots.
Prediction: It is difficult to make one for this game, but the Royal Challengers Bangalore because of a better bowling attack, could pip the Lions at home.
Here are the Playing XI of both Teams:
RCB (Playing XI): Gujarat Lions (Playing XI):
Virat Kohli (captain) Suresh Raina (Captain)
Shane Watson Dwayne Smith
AB de Villiers Brendon McCullum
Kedar Jadhav Aaron Finch
Pawan Negi Dinesh Karthik
Mandeep Singh Ishan Kishan
Stuart Binny Ravindra Jadeja
AF Milne Andre Tye
Sreenath Aravind Praveen Kumar
Y Chahal Basil Thampi
Samuel Badree Shadab Jakati