PUNE (Sporting Alert) — Chris Gayle and the Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the toss and elected to bat first against Rajasthan Royals in their knockout clash in Pune.
Both teams make one change to their respective starting lineup with Sreenath Aravind returning for Bangalore in place of Dinda and Ankit Sharma taking the place of Brainder Sran for the Royals.
Unlike Tuesday’s game, where the loser gets a second chance, this will be an elimination clash for both these teams, with the loser packing their bags for home.
The winner will remain in the competition and will take on the Chennai Super Kings, who were beaten by 25 runs by Mumbai Indians in the first qualifier.
West Indies hard-hitting Chris Gayle and captain Virat Kohli will open the bat for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who start as the slight favourites to win today’s game.
RAJASTHAN ROYALS: Ajinkya Rahane, Shane Watson, Steve Smith (C), Karun Nair, Sanju Samson (W), James Faulkner, Stuart Binny, Deepak Hooda, Chris Morris, Ankit Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE: Virat Kohli (C), Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Dinesh Karthik (W), Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, David Wiese, Mitchell Starc, Harshal Patel, Sreenath Arvind, Yuzvendra Chahal