AB de Villiers' fifty came off 33 deliveries, including four boundaries and a couple of sixes, along with a strike rate of 166 © AFP
AB de Villiers’ fifty came off 33 deliveries, including four boundaries and a couple of sixes, along with a strike rate of 166 © AFP

Powerhouse Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsmen AB de Villiers scored his half-century, against new franchise Gujarat Lions (GL), in Qualifier 1 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday. His fifty came off 33 deliveries, including four boundaries and a couple of sixes, along with a strike rate of 166. He came in a pressure situation and has batted steadily with RCB still being in a tense situation. Currently, RCB are 110 for the loss of six wickets in four overs, with AB de Villiers on 58, and Iqball Abdulla on 11. Live Cricket Scorecard: Gujarat Lions vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2016 Qualifier 1 at Bengaluru

After 56 league matches we have now come down to the final four teams in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016. First-timers Gujarat Lions (GL) will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the latter’s home ground of Bengaluru in Qualifier 1. RCB have been on a roll, winning their last four matches in a row to leapfrog from the bottom half of the table straight up to No. 2. GL, who are at the top of the table, have had a much rougher journey to the top in their last few games. Live Cricket Updates: Gujarat Lions vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2016 Qualifier 1 at Bengaluru

Given that the match is being played in Bengaluru, the momentum and home advantage are with RCB. On paper it looks like RCB hold all the cards, and that they will book a berth in the final, also to be played at Bengaluru. This is a fantastic chance for RCB to lift their maiden IPL title. GL can only hope they will have a better day in the office than last time.