In match no. 31 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will take on Gujarat Lions (GL) at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, on Thursday night. The live cricket streaming of the match will be available on Hotstar. Also, the live telecast of the match will be available on Sony Six and Sony Six HD, while Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD will broadcast it in Hindi, Bengali, Tamil and Telugu commentary. SET MAX, too, will telecast it live with Hindi commentary. RCB are placed at No. 7, while GL are at the bottom of the table. A victory for either will push RCB and GL at No. 5 or No. 6 spot respectively depending on the net run-rate. Full Cricket Scorecard: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Gujarat Lions (GL) IPL 2017, Match 31 at Bengaluru
A washout against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) has added pressure on RCB, requiring five to win off remaining six games to qualify for the playoffs. GL, on the other hand, have an extra game on hand. But they will need to gain firepower to secure the berth. The focus will be on the pitch as there is no rain threat. Also, some limelight will be shed on GL’s new entrant Irfan Pathan and Mumbai’s Ankit Soni, replacing Dwayne Bravo and Shivil Koushik. The inclusion of these all-rounders boost GL’s bowling option that has not been at par this season.
Meanwhile, RCB would hope their overseas talents including AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle and Shane Watson find the lost mojo. GL, on the other hand, would hope to emulate the same.
As for the head-to-head record, RCB lead at their den with win ratio of 2-0. The overall record, too, goes in favour of the hosts. However, GL would have their bets on the new entrants to change their fortunes in second-half of the tournament.