Royal Challengers Bangalore today opted to bowl against Gujarat Lions in the high octane match with the Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League match here at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
Gujarat Lions (Playing XI): Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Dwayne Smith, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Eklavya Dwivedi, Praveen Kumar, Shadab Jakati, Dhawal Kulkarni
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Lokesh Rahul(w), Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Sreenath Aravind, Iqbal Abdulla, Yuzvendra Chahal
Raina: “We have done well as a unit. Important to play with the same intent. Very difficult when Virat bats second, so important to get Virat out early. Would have bowled first too. The team have shown great discipline and it’s about building partnerships tonight. It’s been good (when Ravi Shastri mentioned about parenthood). We are playing with the same eleven.”
Kohli: “We will bowl first. Looks a typical Bengaluru wicket and should not change much through the game. And we are confident of chasing any score here at this stadium. This is something we are looking forward to. We didn’t expect to finish in the top 2 but that’s what NRR does; it was more like 2 points for us. We have to just take advantage of playing at home. We are playing with the same team.”