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IPL: Dinesh Karthik guides Lions to a 6-wicket win against RCB

ipl Updated: Apr 24, 2016 20:00 IST
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Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli plays a shot during the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL). (AFP Photo)

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first against Gujarat Lions.

Gujarat Lions will be aiming to bounce back from Thursday’s 10-wicket thrashing when they face Royal Challengers Bangalore in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Sunday.

Despite the loss to Hyderabad, Gujarat are second in the league points table, while Bangalore are one place behind them with two wins from four games. All eyes will be on in-form Australian opening batsman Aaron Finch, who has has scores of 74, 50 and 67 not out respectively in the three matches so far before a duck against Hyderabad and he will play a major part in their strategy along with in-form skipper Suresh Raina.

However, they should expect another tough day as they will be up against a RCB side that is full of batting stars. Led by Indian superstar Virat Kohli, who is in his peak form having scored 75, 79, 33 and 80 in the past four matches, RCB boast of an envious line-up. AB de Villiers has also shown great form and it will be really important for the Lions to get rid of the top order early to gain momentum.

Gujarat Lions: A Finch, B McCullum, S Raina, D Karthik, DR Smith, R Jadeja, DJ Bravo, P Kumar, D Kulkarni, S Jakati, P Tambe

Royal Challengers Bangalore: V Kohli, AB de Villiers, S Watson, KL Rahul, S Khan, K Jadhav, S Binny, I Abdulla, Y Chahal, K Richardson, T Shamsi.