Gujarat Lions Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore: (Qualifier 1)
So After 56 round matches of the 9th edition of the IPL and 8 teams played against each other twice and now we have just 4 left for the knockout stages. The first Qualifier will be played between the 2 top teams of the tournament who will fight against each other and winner will go through the final while the loser will get another chance in Qualifier 2. Match will be played between the Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers Bangalore. RCB will have a slight advantage as they will play this match on their home venue M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. Match will start at 7:30 PM Pakistan Standard time.
Starting from the Red hot RCB side who once were almost out of the tournament but a terrific came back from Kohli eleven and now they are in the top 2 sides. The lost 5 out of their first 7 matches but then they won 6 out of their last 7 and played some really classic cricket. For me the whole credit goes to their captain Virat Kohli who has single handedly won every match for Kohli and has scored in all the matches. He so far has scored 4 Hundred in this IPL and he is at the top in the highest run scorer of this season. So far he has destroyed every bowling attack he has faced and even his critics are admiring him. RCB as a whole have a very good batting side with AB De Villiers, Chris Gayle and Shane Watson in their team and almost all of them have supported their captain a lot. The issue RCB faced in the earlier matches was their rusty bowling who is responsible for their defeats. But the way they have bowled in the last 4 matches was quite brilliant and a relief for their captain. Now RCB is in the knockout rounds and margin of error is very small so their bowlers have to perform very well because without good bowling it will be very much difficult for them to win this title.
Coming towards the Gujarat Lions side who is the best team of the tournament so far and they have won most number of matches. They have won 9 out of 14 matches and lost just 5 and now they are at the top of table. Gujarat Lions as a team has played this tournament very well. They had a very decent side and they have executed their plans quite well. Gujarat batsmen especially their openers have played a very vital role in their victories and won most of the matches with their good form. Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum and Aaron Finch all have been terrific so far and destroyed all the batting line ups in the tournament. Captain Suresh Raina couldn’t do much but in the last 2 matches he has scored 2 consecutive 50s and now looking in a brilliant touch. Bowlers have also bowled quite well but not with consistency. Dwayne Bravo has done a fine job for the team and the others have also done a nice job. Now they have a very important match against RCB and they will have to forget what RCB did to them in their last match and need to give their best for the match.
So far both teams have played 2 matches against each other and both have won 1 match. Match will be in M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru and the pitch will be totally dry and flat and we will surely see a high scoring match. Weather is clear for the match.