Dwayne Smith's fifty came off 32 deliveries including five boundaries and four sixes, along with a strike rate of 173 © AFP
Dwayne Smith’s fifty came off 32 deliveries including five boundaries and four sixes, along with a strike rate of 173 © AFP

New franchise Gujarat Lions (GL) batsman Dwayne Smith scored his half-century, against powerhouse Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), in Qualifier 1 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday. His fifty came off 32 deliveries including five boundaries and four sixes, along with a strike rate of 173. He came in a pressure situation, as GL had lost three quick opening wickets, and has since been batting steadily. Currently, GL are 89 for the loss of three wickets in 13 overs, with Dinesh Karthik on 23, and Dwayne Smith on 56. 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.