Finally the wait is over for all the fans. The Grand match GL vs RCB Qualifier 1st of IPL 2016 will be played on 24th May 2016 at the home ground of Bangalore i.e M Chinnaswamy Stadium ,Bengaluru. This will be the first match of the IPL 2016 Play-offs which will tell us the first finalist of tournament which will be played on 29th May 2016 on the same ground stadium on which first Qualifier will be played. Gujarat Lions topped the points table with 18 points (9 wins) where Royal Challengers Bangalore got 2nd spot with 16 points ( 8 wins) due to the stunning Net Run Rate of +0.932 which is highest among the other teams. Fans will have a very good competitive match to watch on 24th May. Both the teams are best of this season and have all the ability and talented players under their shed to win the 1st Qualifier. Lets find out which team will win this upcoming match in our GL vs RCB Match prediction which will be played today on 24th May 2016.
Previous Performance of Both Teams in IPL 2016 :-
Lets first have a look onto the team who topped the points table and shocked every body, the Gujarat Lions. They played very good cricket from the starting of the tournament. In their debut season of IPL they won highest no. of matches (total 9 out of 14) among other teams. The team is led by Suresh Raina and he successfully delivered what the team need from him. From the starting of the IPL 2016 they have won shown every body that they are one of the main contender of the title. In the first 7 matches they won 6 which proves how strong their batting as well as bowling line up. They have played 14 matches and on 9 occasions they grab the victory.
In the batting line up, Brendon McCullum is on fire from the starting and giving a speedy start to his team. Dwayne Smith and on many occasions Arron Finch are opening the innings with the McCullum and doing good with the bat. In the middle order captain Suresh Raina is there who has all the experience that is needed in a match like this. He has played 17 Play-offs matched so far in the IPL history which is highest by any player in the IPL. Dinesh Kartik, Ravindra Jadeja are also available in the deep middle order who can take away the score to the match winning total. Who can forget West-Indies all-rounder Dwayne Brawo who is famous for his big sixes in the slog overs. So the batting department is looking good but one of the top order player have to bat till last so that middle order batsman can play freely without any pressure and can play his natural cricket.
In the bowling department, Dwayne Brawo who has taken 15 wickets in 13 matches is the current leading wicket taker from GL Squad followed by Dhawal Kulkarni who has cracked 14 wickets in just 12 matches. Praveen Kumar is also there in the pace attack who is famous for his swinging deliveries. In the spin attack Pravin Tambe, Ravindra Jadeja and the young Shivil Kaushik with his unique action will be ready to tackle Bangalore’s batsman in the upcoming Gujarat vs Bangalore Match. So the batting and bowling unit of Gujarat Lions looking balanced and surely they will give tough fight to the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
If we look at the RCB squad, Every body know about their batting. They have one of the strongest batting line up among the others and proved in the last four matches. They have won last four matches back to back and credit goes to their batting line up. Specially the top 4 batsman of Bangalore, the legend Virat Kohli who is the leading run scorer of the IPL 2016 and scored 919 runs in 14 innings with 4 centuries which is first time in IPL history, AB de Villiers who is also known as 360/365° now a days due to his form and ability to play shots in every direction who is currently on 3rd spot in the table with 603 runs, the big man who can finish any game single-handedly Chris Gayle, the Australian all-rounder Shane Watson are the four pillars of RCB batting. But in their batting line up more depth is there, Lokesh Rahul who has scored 4 half centuries and impressed every body with the bat. Sachin baby also in the good touch and can score handy runs at the crucial stage. So the batting department is fully loaded with powerful batsman.
In the starting of the tournament, the bowling department disappointed every one and causes many defeats. Out of 7 matches they have played in the first half of the IPL 2016 they have only won 2 matches but in the second half they won 6 matches out of 7 and this was done due to contribution of bowlers in the team performance. Yuzvendra Chahal who has impressed every one with his bowling performance is the current purple cap holder with 19 wickets in just 11 innings. Sreenath Aravind, Chris Jordan also doing good with the ball. From last few matches Virat Kohli included Stuart Binny in the playing XI and he hasn’t disappointed him and delivered what his captain ask. Shane Watson is one of the best bowler of RCB in the slog overs. So now with batting department, bowling line up too stand back on the right track and if both the department performed in the upcoming match Gujarat Lions vs Royal Challengers Bangalore then surely it will be very touch task to defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore for Gujarat Lions.
Head to Head Comparison: Previous Encounters of GL and RCB :-
In IPL 2016, both the team faced each other twice. In the first match Gujarat Lions chased down a big target of 181 runs in just 19.3 overs and defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 wickets. But in the next one RCB registered a big win of 144 runs and level the score by 1-1. In both the matches Virat Kohli scored centuries but only on one occasion his century brought victory to the team.
GL vs RCB Match Prediction: Who will win Gujarat or Bangalore :-
Both the teams are the strongest team of the IPL 2016 and The big question which is coming up in every body’s mind who will win the Qualifier 1st of Playoff. Will it be Gujarat lions or it will be Royal Challengers Bangalore. Every cricket fan is predicting the result of upcoming match between GL and RCB. So we are also came up with the prediction of Gujarat Lions vs Royal Challengers Bangalore match.
Our Prediction : “RCB will win the Qualifier 1st ”
Update: Our Prediction was right RCB has won the match by 4 wickets and entered into the IPL 2016 finals.
If we look at the previous matches of the tournament, the team winning the toss and went for the bat second, are winning the match on 80% of the occasion. In this match too we will see the same trend to be followed and from our prediction Suresh Raina (GL) will win the Toss and will choose to field first.
Key Players of both the teams:-
Both the team are loaded with true match winners which can take away the victory from the jaws of opponent any time in the match. Here are the key players of both the teams :-
RCB Key Players :-
- Virat Kohli
- Chris Gayle
- AB de Villiers
- Shane Watson
- Yuzvendra Chahal
GL Key Players :-
- Brendon McCullum
- Aaron Finch
- Suresh Raina
- Dwayne Brawo
- Dwayne Smith
So what you think which team will win in the 1st qualifier of IPL 2016 Gujarat or Bangalore ?