Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers Bangalore would be desperate to get some more points on the board in IPL 2017.
GL have just one win and three losses, while RCB are scratching at the bottom of the barrel with four miserable losses from five matches.
Raina would be hoping that returning home would be something of a boost for his side.
Aaron Finch will be back in the playing 11. He is expected to take Jason Roy’s place.
RCB is having a very tough time. Despite having one of the best team on paper, they are not being able to show their skills. Currently they are at the last position(8th) in IPL 10. Even after the return of Virat Kohli and De Villiers, they could not win a match at their home ground. Five games into the season and at the bottom of the table, Royal Challengers’ problem of fitting in overseas players has led to considerable flux in their batting order. They have tried a different opening combination in each game so far.
It is the bowling that will be surely tested when the two sides meet and it is a simple matter of who bowls better that may decide the clash between these two bottom-placed sides.
Head to head :
Royal Challengers have a 2-1 lead against Lions, including a 144 run victory , the largest margin in the IPL.
Pitch & conditions
It is one of the belter of a track in this year’s IPL. Run scoring has been easy and chasing total has been like putting butter on bread as the dew comes in as well in the later half of the game. Watch out for another high scoring encounter.
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.
Royal Challengers Bangalore : 1.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/Tymal Mills, 9 Samuel Badree, 10 S Aravind, 11 Chahal.
Stats & trivia :
- If Royal Challengers do recall Gayle, the match will pit two of the most prolific opening partnerships against each other. Virat Kohli and Gayle have aggregated 1064 runs, while Brendon McCullum and Smith have a tally of 1352. Only three other opening partnerships – Shikhar Dhawan-David Warner (1752), Gautam Gambhir-Robin Uthappa (1478), and Michael Hussey-M Vijay (1360) have aggregated more.
- Brendon McCullum could find himself facing Samuel Badree early in his innings. The legspinner has dismissed McCullum twice in six T20 innings overall, conceding 26 runs off 34 balls
- Badree is among the most economical spinners in the Powerplay in the IPL. Among spinners playing this season, Badree’s overall IPL economy rate of 5.82 ranks behind only Rashid Khan (4.75), and Sunil Narine (5.47)
- Lions’ weak spin attack has been a headache for them. Their spinners have the worst overall economy rate this season: 9.49. In Powerplays, this rises to 14.00. Overall, of the 15 wickets to have fallen at the SCA Stadium this IPL, nine have fallen to pace bowlers (with Andrew Tye’s five-for making up a large chunk), while spinners have taken six. The economy rates have been near identical: 9.55 for pace and 9.71 for spin.