2017 IPL Twentieth Match: Gujarat Lions VS. Royal Challengers Bangalore

The 20th match of the 2017 Indian Premier League will be played between Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The venue of the match being Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot- the home ground of Gujarat Lions, and the timings being 20:00 as per IST, and 2:30 according to GMT. The match is going to be quite interesting as both the teams seem to be in quite a similar condition. As of now, Gujarat Lions are placed at the 7th spot on the points table, whereas, Royal Challenger are at the 8th (last spot) on the standings. Each of them have won one match. In this specific match, both the teams will be giving a tough time to each other. But the real question is who will win? We’ll find out right here.

Gujarat Lions: Tottering Much

It’s quite saddening to see a team struggling so much, which performed so well in the previous season. Gujarat Lions is a perfect example of such a team. Lions were placed on the 1st spot on the points table in 2016 IPL. This time, they have been constantly oscillating between the last and the second last position on the standings. The team has played 4 matches so far, winning only one. With a net run rate of -1.084 and 2 points, Gujarat Lions are placed on the 7th spot on the points table.

Gujarat Lions: Meet the Probable XI
SR No. Name of the Player Player Rating
1 Suresh Raina (Captain) 8/10
2 Brendon McCullum 7/10
3 Dinesh Karthik (Wicket Keeper) 8/10
4 Ravindra Jadeja 8/10
5 Dwayne Smith 7/10
6 Praveen Kumar 8/10
7 Aaron Finch 6.5/10
8 Basil Thampi 7/10
9 Dhawal Kulkarni/Munaf Patel 7/10
10 Shivil Kaushik 7/10
11 Ishan Kishan 6/10
Total Overall Team Rating 7/10

Royal Challengers Bangalore:All Tired Up

If it’s sad to see Gujarat Lions drowning, then it’s even more saddening to see Royal Challengers stumbling all the way. The thing is that it is packed with outstanding players such as Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Chris Gayle- to name a few. Despite of being such a strong team, Royal Challengers have been struggling in this season of the IPL. As of now, the team has won only a single match and placed on the last spot on the points table with a net run rate of -1.095.

The Probable XI of Royal Challengers Bangalore
SR No. Name of the Player Player Rating
1 Virat Kohli (Captain) (Highest Run-Scorer of IPL as of now, and the Winner of Player of the Series Title in 2016 IPL) 8.5/10
2 Chris Gayle 8.5/10
3 Kedar Jadhav (Wicket Keeper) 7.5/10
4 AB de Villiers 9/10
5 Shane Watson 8.5/10
6 Pawan Negi 7/10
7 Travis Head 8/10
8 Stuart Binny 7/10
9 Adam Milne 7.5/10
10 Sreenath Arvind 7/10
11 Yazvendra Chahal 7/10
Total Overall Team Rating 8/10

Predicting the Winners

There is no denial in the fact that Royal Challengers Bangalore are currently placed on the bottommost spot on the points table, but underestimating the strength of its veteran players is nothing but foolishness. Kohli and de Villiers all seem in form and their remarkable performances can help their team pass through any storm. Not to mention, Gayle is likely to return in this match. Lions would have to try hard to win this match. Bangalore seem quite likely to win against Gujarat Lions.