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Today the 20th match between the two legendary teams will be played at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot , the team winning the toss will off course try and justify to bat second on the ground where dew may forecast the game
Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli will clash tonight in the majestic game of the IPL that will be witnessed tonight under the lights and once again dew is going to play an important factor for the team batting second it will always be an privilege
Gujarat Lions: Aaron Finch, who missed the last clash against Mumbai because his kit didn’t arrive in time, should replace Jason Roy in the playing XI. They can also look to bring in Kulkarni in place of Munaf.
Probable XI: Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina (capt), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Aaron Finch, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Andrew Tye, Praveen Kumar, Basil Thampi, Munaf Patel/Dhawal Kulkarni.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Tymal Mills, who missed the clash against Rising Pune Supergiant, should walk back in the playing XI in place of Adam Milne. It’ll be interesting to see if the think-tank considers Travis Head ahead of Gayle and Watson as their fourth overseas player.
Probable XI: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli (capt), AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Samuel Badree, Yuzvendra Chahal, S Arvind, Tymal Mills.
What they said:
“It’s always going to be tough. You can always play only four overseas players. We’ve got some fantastic overseas players. We’ve got players who can win the game on their own – the likes of McCullum, Finch and Smith. Andrew Tye played a game after many years (in the IPL) and got the hat-trick and the Man of the Match. Indian players we can play seven so we can change a bit.” – Mohammad Kaif, the GL assistant coach, hinting the selection headache isn’t a pleasant one.
“The thing is in the IPL we’re constantly searching for the right balance. In the Mumbai game, we were down by a bowler. Shane (Watson) has been such a successful allrounder in T20 cricket for a long period of time. It’s tough for everyone in T20 cricket. We know Chris (Gayle) is a very good performer and we know if he can get on a roll then we can utilise Chris in a positive manner. At this stage we are just trying to find the right balance.” – Daniel Vettori, the head coach, concedes Royal Challengers are struggling to find the best playing XI.