After so many clashes, IPL enters on the conclusion of its league. Royal challengers banglore and Gujrat lions is all set to face off their first play-off today at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
The banglore squad is not going to take the match easy as the captain himself is in a devastating form, the Virat Kohli-led RCB consistently won four of their last league games.
The winning team will book a place in the final, the losing team will get to play in the second qualifier against the winner of the eliminator for a place in the title clash.
The Bangalore franchise, runners-up in 2009 and 2011, will hope for a solid start from the in-form batting trio of skipper Kohli, West Indian Chris Gayle and South African veteran AB de Villiers.
On the other hand, Raina has led debutants Gujarat from the front with back-to-back half centuries in the final two league matches to finish on top of the standings.
Apart from Raina, the batting will centre around West Indian Dwayne Smith, former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, Australian Aaron Finch and stumper Dinesh Karthik.
Gujarat also boasts of quality all-rounders in Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja, who can add enough firepower in the lower order.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Abu Nechim, Samuel Badree, Yuzvendra Chahal, Praveen Dubey, Travis Head, Kedar Jadhav, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Lokesh Rahul, Sachin Baby, Vikas Tokas, David Wiese, Varun Aaron, Sreenath Aravind, Stuart Binny, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Iqbal Abdulla, Akshay Karnewar, Vikramjeet Malik, Adam Milne, Harshal Patel, Kane Richardson, Shane Watson
Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina, Akshdeep Nath, Dwayne Bravo, Eklavya Dwivedi, Aaron Finch, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Brendon McCullum, Jaydev Shah, Dwayne Smith, Pravin Tambe, Sarabjit Ladda, Amit Mishra, Paras Dogra, James Faulkner, Ishan Kishan, Shadab Jakati, Shivil Kaushik, Praveen Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan, Dale Steyn, Andrew Tye.