Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates’ post of the 20th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, between Gujarat Lions (GL) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The game will be played at the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) Stadium in Rajkot, and will be a home game for the Suresh Raina-led side which has been having a torrid time this IPL. With three defeats in four games so far, Gujarat Lions have made a poor start to the IPL 2017 tournament, which is far off from the impressive show they produced last year, ending as the table toppers. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) IPL 2017, Match 20
On the other hand, the star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore have been erratic, losing four out of five matches so far in IPL 10. While Gujarat Lions are at the seventh spot in the IPL 2017 points table, the Virat Kohli-led IPL 2016 finalists RCB are at the bottom of the pool. For Gujarat Lions, the struggle has been across departments, and the story is somewhat similar for Royal Challengers Bangalore, whose coach Daniel Vettori admitted post their last defeat that RCB are still in search of the right balance. Talking about their past record, RCB have won two out of three matches so far against Gujarat Lions.
Both Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers Bangalore are coming off defeats in their previous games. Gujarat Lions lost to the Mumbai Indians by 6 wickets in their last match, the Kohli-led RCB produced a timid batting performance on a tricky M Chinnaswamy wicket at Bengaluru, on which the team has failed to adapt after the surface was re-laid.
Vettori said after the loss to RPS, “That does not mean it is not a good T20 wicket. It has been exciting for the bowlers. All three games that have been played here have been really entertaining and I think we have shown that we can compete on this wicket. There is no point getting caught up around the old Chinnaswamy wicket, this is different and we just need to adapt like we did in the Delhi game. But we have not been able to mirror that performance in the last two games.”
Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Praveen Kumar, Manpreet Gony, Dhawal Kulkarni, Aaron Finch, Shadab Bashir Jakati, Jason Roy, Shivil Kaushik, Dwayne Bravo, Munaf Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Jaydev Shah, Pradeep Sangwan, James Faulkner, Akshdeep Nath, Andrew Tye, Chirag Suri, Basil Thampi, Ishan Kishan, Nathu Singh, Shubham Agarwal, Tejas Baroka, Pratham Singh, Shelley Shaurya.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav (wk), Pawan Negi, Mandeep Singh, Stuart Binny, Tymal Mills, Sreenath Aravind, Samuel Badree, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Adam Milne, Sarfaraz Khan, Shane Watson, Iqbal Abdulla, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Praveen Dubey, Aniket Choudhary, Billy Stanlake, Vishnu Vinod.