Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on the table toppers Gujarat Titans in what is a must win game for them. If RCB lose this match, they will straightaway be eliminated. But even after winning this game, they will have to depend on the result of Delhi Capitals' last league game against Mumbai Indians. If Delhi win their last game tomorrow, RCB will be eliminated irrespective of what result they get against Gujarat.
The Titans, meanwhile, have nothing to gain or lose. They are currently right at the top of the points table and even if they lose this game, they will not lose one of the top two spots. But they will be looking to enter the playoffs with confidence and not on a losing note.
When Gujarat and Bangalore met earlier this season, the former won by six wickets. Batting first, RCB put up 170 runs in 20 overs which Gujarat chased down in 19.3 overs. Their two match winners were Rahul Tewatia with the bat and Pradeep Sangwan with the ball. Tewatia scored an unbeaten 43 off 25 which Sangwan picked up two wickets in his full quota of four overs.
The game will be played at the Wankhede stadium, which has historically always been a great batting venue. Bangalore will be hoping that their big names like Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis step up on the big occasion.
Royal Challengers Bangalore - Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood
Gujarat Titans - Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Matthew Wade, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, R Sai Kishore, Lockie Ferguson/Alzarri Joseph, Mohammed Shami, Pradeep Sangwan/Yash Dayal
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