SPORT-IPL-QUALIFIER 2

first_img(REOPENS DEL 19) (REOPENS DEL 19) While de Villiers has 603 runs under his belt with one century and five half-centuries, Gayle indicated his return to form in the last few games. Credit for the turnaround should also go to RCBs not-so-experienced bowling attack, which was under fire for a major part of the tournament. RCBs turnaround in bowling was made possible by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who is the leading wicket-taker with 19 scalps from 11 games. The late entry of Chris Jordon also helped RCB in containing their rivals in the death overs. Australian Shane Watson too has served the team well with the ball, picking up 16 wickets so far in this season. Debutantes Gujarat Lions, on the other hand, were the first team to qualify for the play-offs by destroying the hopes of title-holders Mumbai Indians. Gujarat defeated RCB by six wickets in their opening meeting this season before suffering the 144-run loss in the next tie. And the Suresh Raina-led side will be eyeing sweet revenge for the embarrassing defeat to head straight into the final of their maiden IPL appearance. In contrast to RCB, Gujarat made a rampaging start to the season before facing a late slump. In Aaron Finch (339 runs from 11 games), Brendon McCullum (321 from 14), Dwayne Smith (250 from 10), Raina (397 from 13), Dinesh Karthik (283) and Darren Bravo, Gujarat too have a formidable batting line-up. In the bowling department, Gujarat have depended on the pace duo of Bravo and Dhawal Kulkarni. While Bravo has 15 wickets against his name, Kulkarni has managed 14 scalps so far. The spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Pravin Tambe, who did not have the best of IPL so far, too would like to come to the party. MORE PTI BDN SSC PM PMadvertisementlast_img

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