IPL 2017, Match 31: Gujarat Lions vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – As it happened...

RCB vs GL, IPL Live Score: Both Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions need their senior players to pull up their socks.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Apr 27, 2017, 23:33 PM IST
IPL 2017, Match 31: Gujarat Lions vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – As it happened...



MAXIMUM SIXES- Aaron Finch (6 sixes)


MAN OF THE MATCH- Andrew Tye (3/12)

GL won by 7 wickets with 37 balls remaining

The Gujarat Lions Innings; Target 135

Over 13.5 | Score 136/3 | Jadeja 2 (4) ; Raina 30 (30)

And Travis Head now introduced into the attack. And Raina gets two consecutive boundaries so effortlessly as Lions reduce gap to one run. Well, Raina is now the orange cap holder with 308 runs now. Thats it for RCB. Another bitter humiliation, this time at home.  

Over 13 | Score 123/3 | Jadeja 1 (3) ; Raina 24 (26)

It is Pawan Negi into the attack now to dismiss the powerful Aaron Finch off the very first delivery. Good length, and Finch makes room to slog it over straight over the bowler, but AB there at long-on to take it comfortably.

AJ Finch c de Villiers b Negi 72 (34b)

Ravindra Jadeja is the new batsman. Fourth ball, tossed up, good amount of spin, but Raina outshines it to strike a maximum over long-on. They need to finish things up early as Net Run Rate will be a thing in count for the Lions.  

Over 11 | Score 104/2 | Finch 66 (29) ; Raina 12 (22)

Pawan Negi now comes up into the attack. Gets battered by two back-to-back maximums by Finch. Well he is definitely firing some shots today. He seems to finish things up to early as Virat seems to have given up all hope.  

Over 10 | Score 89/2 | Finch 52 (24) ; Raina 11 (21)

It is Chahal up for his second over now, but off the very first delivery gets a battered off the well outside pitched ball for a boundary down point by Raina. And finally a wicket, a much needed one for the Bengaluru team. It is the skipper to dismiss now. Raina is the man to depart off a catch near the deep midwicket. Ohh...but its a NO BALL. Virat is angry and so is Chahal. Finch at strike for the FREE HIT and it goes for a single leg-bye.  

Over 9 | Score 82/2 | Finch 51 (22) ; Raina 6 (16)

And it is Aniket Chaudhary back into the attack for his second over now. Third ball, straight seaming across as Finch smacks it over midwicket off his backfoot for a four. And then again a boundary. Change of pace, back of the length as he flicks it over extra cover for a four. And then goes the maximum. Similar like the third delivery as he sends it sailing into the crowd. Last ball, yorker to the off as the ball kisses the lower edge to travel to third man, who saves it near the ropes. Just two off it and fifty up for Aaron Finch.  

Over 8 | Score 62/2 | Finch 35 (18) ; Raina 5 (14)

And it is their star bowler into the attack now. Its Yuzvendra Chahal. Second delivery, shorter, turning off as Finch steps out to whack it high over midwicket for a maximum. Finch is really making it count this time.  

Over 7 | Score 51/2 | Finch 26 (14) ; Raina 3 (12)

It is Aniket Chaudhary into the attack now. Just two singles off the first half of the over. Then comes the flow, slightly slower ball and Finch shimmies down, but fails to get a touch of the ball. And two more dots to follow.

Over 6 | Score 49/2 | Finch 25 (9) ; Raina 1 (5)

Aravind now into the attack now to be punished off the very first delivery. Outside edge off the outside off seaming ball and it flies all the way past the third man for a boundary. And then again in the fourth ball, this time over the midwicket.  

Over 4 || Score 23/1 - Brendon McCullum 3(5b); Suresh Raina 1(9b)

One tidy over from Sreenath Aravind. Only four runs, thanks to three singles and a wide.

The Gujarat Lions need another 112 runs from 16 overs.

Over 3 || Score 19/1 - Brendon McCullum 2(4b); Suresh Raina 1(3b)

Samuel Badree continued for his second over. A single to Brendon McCullum to start the over, then Ishan Kishan hit the next ball for a four. Pulled.

But Badree responded brilliantly, trapping Kishan in front.

WICKET: Ishan Kishan lbw b Samuel Badree 16 (11b)

New man Suresh Raina took three balls to open his account. Six runs and a wicket from the over.

Over 2 || Score 13/0 - Ishan Kishan 12(9b); Brendon McCullum 1(3b)

Sreenath Aravind shared the new ball with Samuel Badree, and the left-arm pacer leaked five runs in his first over. Two dot balls to Brendon McCullum, then a single.

Ishan Kishan blocked the next ball, before hitting his third four of the match, through cover.

The Gujarat Lions need another 122 runs from 18 overs.

Over 1 || Score 8/0 - Ishan Kishan 8(6b); Brendon McCullum 0(0b)

Samuel Badree resumed the proceedings with his leg spin, and eight runs from his first over. The West Indian started rather well, three dot balls to Ishan Kishan. But the young Indian batsman hit two fours – off the fourth and sixth balls.

GL need 135 runs to win off 120 deliveries. 


Over 20 | Score 134/10 | Choudhary 15 (12) ;

Its the last six overs to go now. Jamie Faulkner to finish things up for the Lions. Even a 14 means that the RCB team has still got a slightest of chance to change things their way. Ohh... there is a glimpse of Shane Watson and Virat Kohli sharing a word or two of laughter.

It is three singles off the first three balls and then a wicket.Aravaid is the man to depart and McCullum in the player in the deep to take it comfortably.

S Aravind c McCullum b Faulkner 9 (16b)

Two balls to go as the last man Chahal walks in. Last ball, all out, yet again for RCB. Suresh Raina must be mighty delighted with his team, with both bowling and fielding.  

Over 19 | Score 130/8 | Choudhary 12 (10) ; Aravind 8 (14)

And it is just 12 more deliveries to go and the question till now is whether RCB will end with all batsmen departing. And it is Thampi back in for his fourth and final over now. Fourth delivery, slow full toss to the wide and Choudhary ramps it over cover for a boundary. Came after a real long time from Bengaluru. Its 10 off the over.  

Over 18 | Score 120/8 | Choudhary 5 (6) ; Aravind 6 (12)

Andrew Tye is the man in now for his fourth and final over. Another tidy over from the Aussie. Just four off the over. Has indeed been economical today- 3/12

Over 17 | Score 116/8 | Choudhary 4 (4) ; Aravind 4 (8)

Faulkner is back in now for his second over. Anket Choudhary is the new batsman now. Just five off the over. 

Over 16 | Score 111/8 | Choudhary 1 (1) ; Aravind 1 (2)

And it is Andrew Tye back in for his third over now. Well, for the RCB fans, their faith now relies on Mandeep Singh. Though he hasn't produced much up till now in the campaign, but would definitely want to do something today. But its the end of his innings. Fifth delivery, outside off, shorter delivery as he cuts away to the fielder at point.

Mandeep Singh c Jadeja b Tye 8 (14b)

Over 15 | Score 107/7 | Mandeep 7 (12) ; Aravind 1 (2)

Jadeja up for his last over now. Three off the first two deliveries and then comes yet another wicket. This time it is Samuel Badree to depart while going for the big one but Ishan Kishan runs in from deep midwicket to take a stunner of a catch.

S Badree c Ishan Kishan b Jadeja 3 (3b)

Over 14 | Score 102/6 | Mandeep 5 (10) ; Badree 1 (1)

Soni returns for his third over now. First ball, well wide to the off as Pawan powers it over long-on for a six. And then again off the third delivery. Flat, well wide off the off stump and Negi slaps it over cover for a six again. Ohh...this boy is making it count for RCB. And that's the end. Fourth delivery, googly, outside off as Negi mistimes the shot. Thampi picks it up at deep midwicket.

P Negi c Basil Thampi b Ankit Soni 32 (19b)

Over 13 | Score 88/5 | Mandeep 4 (9) ; Negi 20 (15)

And it is Jamie Faulkner into the attack now. Over-pitched and Negi makes himself room to drive it down cover for a boundary off the very first ball. Third ball, this time a flatter along the middle line and off the hip of Mandeep Singh it goes past the keeper for a four leg-bye. Single off the last and its 11 off the over.  

Over 12 | Score 77/5 | Mandeep 3 (7) ; Negi 14 (11)

After a splendid first over, Andrew Tye has been brought back into the attack. Gives away two singles off the first two deliveries. This is what the two need to do right now. Stick around and get some runs on the board and then go for the boundaries in the last couple of overs. Single to finish off with just four off the over.  

Over 11 | Score 73/5 | Mandeep 1 (5) ; Negi 12 (7)

Jadeja returns back to the attack for his third over now only to be punished twice by the new batsman, Pawan Negi for boundaries. First one off an under-edge and right below Dinesh's legs to the boundary and off the very next ball off a cut down past third man. Quite costly over for the Lions as 12 runs have been scooped up.  

Over 10 | Score 61/5 | Mandeep 0 (3) ; Negi 1 (2)

Its Soni back into the attack now for his second over now. Mandeep Singh is the new batsman now. But AB is the only man who can pull things up for his side now.

Third delivery, Mandeep defends it down to point and foolishly goes for a single as Jadeja runs in to bullet down the leg stumps. And a horrible mix up by the two batsman takes away AB from the pitch. Dismal, absolute dismal!

AB de Villiers run out 5 (11b)

Over 9 | Score 58/4 | Mandeep 0 (2) ; AB de 4 (9)

Ravindra Jadeja is the next bowler continuing into his second over. Kedar has indeed picked up the score for struggling RCB as restored their run rate which is just around six. But Jadeja too knows his skills as he sends him packing back to the pavilion in his fourth delivery. Surprisingly straight ball as Kedar was looking for the late cut. The ball goes over the bat to topple the leg and middle stump. Its four down for RCB now.

KM Jadhav b Jadeja 31 (18b)

Over 8 | Score 56/3 | Jadhav 30 (16) ; AB de 4 (7)

Continuing with spin attack now, its debutant Akshay Soni into the attack now. Gives away three singles off the first half of the over. Fifth ball, Kedar gets on one knee to muscle it high into the sky and off it goes into the crowd. Its a six. And it is 50 up for RCB.  

Over 7 | Score 45/3 | Jadhav 21 (12) ; AB de 2 (5)

Power-play is up now so field restrictions are off. Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack now. Third ball, turning outside off and Kedar volleys it over cover for a four. So its just 10 off the over. 

Over 6 | Score 35/3 | Jadhav 13 (8) ; AB de 0 (3)

And it is Basil Thampi back for his third over now while Kedar Jadhav and AB de Villiers are the two batsmen at the crease. It early pressure once again on the Bengaluru team with Suresh Raina feeling rather delighted after those early wickets.

Third ball, short, off side line and Kedar pulls it down midwicket for a boundary. And then again, off the flick of his toe for a boundary down backward square-leg. And thus the hat-trick of fours is completed after the fifth ball too it sent over backward point for a four.  

Over 5 | Score 23/3 | Jadhav 1 (2) ; AB de 0 (3)

Bringing a little change now with the introduction of Andrew Tye and it does work for the lions as they snare Gayle and Travis Head off the first two deliveries. First ball- length outside off, and kissing the outside edge of the Gayle's bat and flies to Dinesh Karthik and Lions get two consecutive wicket, dismissing two big fish of the Bengaluru team.

CH Gayle c Karthik b Tye 8 (11b)

Enter Travis Head. His first ball, cross seam, outside edge again, this time to the man at slip. Raina takes it as Tye on on a hat-trick.

TM Head c Raina b Tye 0 (1b)

Hat-trick ball, and Jadhav defends it.  

Over 4 | Score 22/1 | Gayle 8 (10) ; AB de 0 (1)

And it is Basil Thampi yet again, this time for his second over. Has been really impressive this season with his yorker deliveries. Had dismissed Gayle in their earlier encounter this season at Rajkot. Sudden silence at M Chinnaswamy Stadium after that fifth delivery. It Virat, yet again, departing at the early part of the game. Short, to the leg side and Virat this time getting the touch with his bat, in the air and Finch there at short fine leg to take it. Absolute disbelief for the skipper.

V Kohli c Finch b Basil Thampi 10 (13b)

Over 3 | Score 17/0 | Gayle 7 (9) ; Kohli 7 (9)

Nathu Singh returns to attack for his second over. Just three runs off the four deliveries bowled. Last ball, well wide off the off stump and Gayle bends to slash it down backward point for a four. Seven off the over.  

Over 2 | Score 10/0 | Gayle 2 (5) ; Kohli 7 (7)

Continuing with their pace attack, it is Basil Thampi who will be sharing the new ball. Fourth delivery, shorter to the leg side and Virat goes for the pull shot, but the ball zips past the past and off to keeper. Huge, huge appeal from Dinesh Karthik, denied by umpire. Next ball, off for a six. Good length and he effortlessly flicks it over midwicket.  

Over 1 | Score 3/0 | Gayle 2 (3) ; Kohli 1 (3)

The sky looks clear today as the players walk in towards the pitch. RCB will be desperately looking for a win in almost all of their game henceforth. So will be case for the Lions. Well, for Gujarat, no Irfan Pathan today.

Its Gayle and Kohli once again opening up for Benagaluru while 22-year-old Nathu Singh will be opening up for Gujarat. Just two singles off the four deliveries bowled with either of the batsmen getting off the mark. Three off the over.  

TOSS TIME: GL win toss, elect to bowl first

Bangalore: Live cricket score and live updates from Match 31 of the Indian Premier League between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions. The RCB vs GL match promises to be an action-filled contest as both teams comprise some of the finest hitters in world cricket. (RCB vs GL: Live Score | IPL 2017 Full Coverage | IPL 2017 Points Table)

The situation is bleak for both team who have failed to make an impact in the tournament so far. While RCB are ranked sixth in the points table with two wins and a draw after eight games, it's an even worse situation for the Lions who are currently at the bottom with two wins from seven games.

The last two matches were nothing less than a nightmare for RCB. After their humiliating 49-run collapse against the mighty Kolkata Knight Riders, their home match against Sunrisers Hyderabad was washed out due to rain.

The team needs its senior batsman to pull up their socks and put a huge total on board since their bowling hasn't been upto the mark in the tournament as well.

Raina's team on the other hand, has been struggling despite being a formidable side. A team which boasts of some big names in Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Dwayne Smith and Raina himself has failed to put big totals on board.

Ravindra Jadeja's inability to get regular wickets this season is something which has hurt them badly. Just like RCB, the onus will be on senior Gujarat Lions players to get the team's campaign back on track.

Here is all you need to know about today's match:

When and where to watch the match:

Date & Time: April 27 (Thursday) at 20:00 IST

Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

TV Listing: Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD and SET MAX.

Online Streaming: Sony LIV, Hotstar