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IPL 2017: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Lions, Face Off

Two sides in the bottom half clash at the Chinnaswamy stadium with memories of an onslaught last year vivid in the minds of fans.

Two of the most prolific scorers of the IPL go head to head (Image courtesy: Mid-Day)

Royal Challengers Bangalore, itching to make amends after their infamous collapse in Kolkata, will host Gujarat Lions, another side languishing in the bottom half of the table. The rain had played spoilsport and washed out the Sunrisers Hyderabad - Royal Challengers Bangalore fixture at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on 25th and it would still be a threat when Gujarat arrive after a four-day break. 

RCB badly need to play and will hope it isn’t another washout having won just twice in eight games. Gujarat have also managed just two wins from seven games and would be eager to make a mark. That said, their last trip to Bangalore in 2016 wasn't too memorable for them with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers piling on hundreds and RCB amassing 248. 

Here, we make a statistical comparison between the probable playing eleven of both sides. The winner is selected purely based on IPL stats and not on their International reputation or talent. If a player has played very few matches, a comparison isn't done and N/A is listed in the winners' column.

 
Royal Challengers BangaloreGujarat Lions Who's the Winner?

Virat Kohli

Runs-4264, Avg-38.07, SR-130.48

Aaron Finch

Runs-1418, Avg-27.27, SR-126.26

RCB

Chris Gayle

Runs-3570, Avg-42.5, SR-152.17

Brendon McCullum

Runs-2698, Avg-28.73, SR-131.1

Equal

AB de Villiers

Runs-3402, Avg-39.56, SR-148.95

Suresh Raina

Runs-4373, Avg-34.43, SR-139

Equal

Mandeep Singh

Runs-989, Avg-19.39, SR-122.1

Ishan Kishan

Runs-96, Avg-12, SR-117.07

RCB
Kedhar Jadhav
Runs-801, Avg-25.03, SR-136.69

Dinesh Karthik

Runs-2732, Avg-24.39, SR-125.04

Equal

Stuart Binny

Runs-765, Avg-20.7, SR-128.1

Wkts-20, Avg-33.2, Eco-7.55

Dwyane Smith

Runs-2240, Avg-28.3, SR-133.4

Wkts-26, Avg-29.08, Eco-8.91

GL

Pawan Negi

Runs-244, Avg-16.27, SR-127.08

Wkts-20, Avg-33.85, Eco-7.87

Ravindra Jadeja

Runs-1625, Avg-23.21, SR-121.45

Wkts-79, Avg-29.76, Eco-7.76

GL

Samuel Badree

Wkts-8, Avg-25.62, Eco-6.83

Shubham Agarwal

Wkts-1, Avg-42, Eco-10.5

N/A

Sreenath Aravind

Wkts-44, Avg-21.41, Eco-8.11

Basil Thampi

Wkts-2, Avg-97.5, Eco-9.29

RCB

Tymal Mills

Wkts-5, Avg-30.6, Eco-8.58

Andrew Tye

Wkts-9, Avg-13.33, Eco-7.5

GL

Yuzvendra Chahal

Wkts-66, Avg-21.14, Eco-7.82

Nathu Singh

Wkts-1, Avg-7, Eco-3.5

N/A

Royal Challengers Bangalore 3-3 Gujarat Lions

The comparison comes up equal for both sides but given the history, Gujarat will be wary of another Kohli-de Villiers show, especially with both of them due having failed to click so far. RCB, on the other hand, will also be wary of a top order comprising of Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch and Suresh Raina. Their bowling hasn't been the best although Samuel Badree and Yuzvendra Chahal offer leg-spin against the likes of McCullum, Dwyane Smith and Finch. 

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