Big match today between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium from 8:00 PM IST. Virat Kohli to captain RCB while GL to play under Suresh Raina’s leadership in this first playoff qualifier match of 2016 Vivo Indian Premier League. Let’s have a look at the probable playing XIs for Gujarat Lions vs Royal Challengers Bangalore qualifier-1 match in IPL-9.
GL vs RCB Playing XIs (Probable)
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Batsman: Royal Challengers have got most dangerous batting line up in the context of twenty20 format. Their top 4 batsmen in the batting line-up are so destructive and effective that they can win the game for team in just few overs. Skipper Virat Kohli is in tremendous form and he is the leading run scorer in the competition with 919 runs. Gayle and De Villeirs have also played some terrific knocks in the league so far, especially Mr. 360 de Villiers who scored ton against Gujarat in the previous head to head fixture.
So these three guys will be at the top with Gayle and Kohli to open the innings followed by AB De Villiers. Wicket-keeper batsman KL Rahul has also shown character with bat in the 9th IPT20 season and scored few fifties too. So will be crucial in the middle order along with Shane Watson. Sachin Baby will also play crucial part at the lower order batting line-up if he gets chance. Stuart Binny can also hit the ball all over the park if he bats at the upper order.
RCB Batting lineup: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, Shane Watson, KL Rahul, Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny
Bowlers: Well Royal Challengers haven’t been known to have good bowling line-up in the tournament. But RCB bowlers did very well against Gujarat in the last match to seal 144 runs victory and all out GL on 96. Obviously batsmen did their job and made very difficult for Gujarat to chase 248 runs in 20 overs. So it will be interesting to watch out how Chahal, Aravind, Varun and Jordan bowl today.
Shane Watson and Stuart Binny will also be crucial bowlers in the line-up for Bangalore.
RCB bowling line-up: Yuzvender Chahal, Sreenath Aravind, Varun Aaron, Chris Jordan.
See more: GL vs RCB match preview
Batsman: Gujarat Lions have also got fire pack batting line-up insights of Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum at the opening slot while Suresh Raina and Dwayne Smith are dangerous players in the middle overs. Although none of the Gujarat‘s batsmen in the top 5 leading run scorers in the competition but still all batsmen take their responsibility in different different games.
Wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik has also played some terrific knocks in the tournament that led the side towards victory. Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo are the crucial lower middle order batsmen for Lions in a pressure match like this.
GL batting lineup: Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Smith, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo.
Bowlers: Both RCB and Gl have got similar kind of bowling status but still Gujarat looks quite better on this as they have got experienced T20 bowlers like Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja and Praveen Kumar who can bowl economical overs.
GL bowling line-up: Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shadab Jakati, Eklavya Dwivedi.
|Gujarat Lions||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|Suresh Raina||Virat Kohli|
|Brendon McCullum||Chris Gayle|
|Aaron Finch||AB De Villiers|
|Dinesh Karthik||Shane Watson|
|Dwayne Smith||KL Rahul|
|Ravindra Jadeja||Sachin Baby|
|Dwayne Bravo||Stuart Binny|
|Praveen Kumar||Yuzvendra Chahal|
|Eklavya Dwivedi||Chris Jordan|
|Dhawal Kulkarni||Varun Aaron|
|Shadab Jakati||Sreenath Aravind|