The first qualifier of the Indian Premier League playoffs will be played between the Gujarat Lions and the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The match will be played at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on Tuesday, May 24 Online Cricket Bet tips.
While the Gujarat Lions finished the league stage on top of the league standings with nine wins from 14 matches, the Royal Challengers were close on their heels with eight wins in the league stage.
Both teams are coming into this fixture on the backs of league wins. While the Lions defeated the Mumbai Indians on Saturday evening, the Royal Challengers beat the Delhi Daredevils on Sunday evening.cricket bet tips
Nitish Rana’s outstanding innings of 70 runs from just 36 deliveries saw the Mumbai Indians post 172/8 in the first 20 overs. There were decent contributions from Rohit Sharma and Jos Buttler along the way as well with Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dwayne Smith, and Dwayne Bravo all picking up a couple of wickets each. Live Cricket Bet Tips
The Lions finished the chase with just over a couple of overs to spare as Brendon McCullum and Suresh Raina hit the ground running after Aaron Finch’s dismissal on a duck. McCullum missed out on a fifty by a couple of runs while Raina hit 58 off 36 deliveries. Dinesh Karthik missed out but Dwayne Smith and Ravindra Jadeja were on point as the duo took their team across the line.
The other game saw the Royal Challengers bowl really well in the first 20 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal notched up three wickets while Chris Gayle picked a couple as well. Sreenath Aravind and Chris Jordan each had a wicket to show for their efforts as Quinton de Kock top-scored for the Delhi Daredevils with 60 runs off 52 deliveries. The side finished with 138/8 in the first period of play. Online cricket bet tips
After the dismissals of Gayle and AB de Villiers early on in the chase, Virat Kohli and Lokesh Rahul had a 66-run stand for the third wicket that saw the Royal Challengers get on top of proceedings. Even after Rahul’s dismissal, the side were always in the game with Kohli at one end and the skipper hit the winning runs in the first delivery of the penultimate over with Stuart Binny at the other end.Live Cricket bet Tips
While the Gujarat Lions have been the most consistent team in the IPL this year, which is proved by the fact that they have topped the league standings, the Royal Challengers have succeeded in making the playoffs thanks to a late push led by their inspirational skipper Kohli.
He has hit the most number of sixes in this tournament this year and is the leading run-scorer by some distance. Kohli has managed to dig his team out of tight spots on more than one occasion. Gujarat Lions on the other hand have seen a lot of their players perform in patches across the season. They really are a collective unit.
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