Gujarat Lions won the toss and decided to bowl first against Royal Challengers Bangalore in a battle to prevent relegation to the last position on the points table.
Aaron Finch, who missed the last game due to missing kit bag returned to side replacing Jason Roy. Dhawal Kulkarni and Shivil Kaushik were the other additions in the team in place of the experienced duo of Praveen Kumar and Munaf Patel.
RCB suffered a big blow ahead of the game, as AB de Villiers was ruled out of the crunch encounter due to an injury. Samuel Badree was also dropped from the side. Chris Gayle and Travis Head were given a place in the playing eleven, thus strengthening their batting line up.
Chris Gayle will look to shrug off the mental pressure by adding three more runs in his account, to become the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in T20 cricket.
Here is what both the captains said at the time of toss –
“Badree and AB miss out due to niggles. Chris Gayle comes in and Travis Head replaces AB. Looks like a pretty good pitch. Last time the difference was us batting under the sun and them playing in the evening. It’s (pitch) gonna be pretty consistent. Looking forward to put some runs on the board. Both teams need to gain momentum. It’s going to be a good contest game as both teams will be eager to win.”
“We’d like to bowl first. We always chase. We have a team always like to chase. Jason Roy, Munaf and PK are not playing. Finch, Dhawal Kulkarni and Koushik come in. The kit bag was there. When he found that, he was happy. They (Smith and Baz) have done really well. We need to bowl in good areas and chase their score down.”
Here is the playing XI of both the sides –
Royal Challengers Bangalore Playing XI: Virat Kohli(c), Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Travis Head, Kedar Jadhav(w), Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Adam Milne, Sreenath Aravind, Yuzvendra Chahal
Gujarat Lions Playing XI: Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina(c), Aaron Finch, Ishan Kishan, Dinesh Karthik(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Andrew Tye, Dhawal Kulkarni, Basil Thampi, Shivil Koushik.