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  • 11:22 PM IST

    Another disappointing loss for RCB, who now move further down to 7th in the IPL 2017 table. GL on the other hand have kept themselves in the hunt to qualify for the playoffs. RCB on the other hand have a mountain to climb. Here’s Kaustubh Mayekar’s match report: GL hammer RCB by 7 wickets in IPL 2017

  • 10:58 PM IST

    GL 135/3 in 13.5 overs, Target 135: Travis Head brought into the attack. FOUR! Raina goes over cover, collects a boundary. FOUR MORE! Raina goes in the same area and some poor fielding costs RCB another boundary. ONE to end the match. GL win by 7 runs with 43 deliveries to spare. That will do a world of good to GL’s net run-rate.

  • 10:54 PM IST

    GL 124/3 in 13 overs, Target 135: Negi continues. OUT! Finch smashes the ball to AB at long on. He is dismissed for a brilliant 72 off 34. He has changed the course of the match completely. Ravindra Jadeja is the new batsman. SIX! Raina charges down the track and smashes the ball over the long on boundary.

  • 10:50 PM IST

    GL 115/2 in 12 overs, target 135: Chahal continues. FOUR! Nothing going right for RCB. A mistimed sweep goes to the fine leg boundary. FOUR! Finch this time plays a cheeky reverse sweep. GL running away with this match. 11 runs off that over.

  • 10:47 PM IST

    GL 104/2 in 11 overs, Target 135: Pawan Negi into the attack. GL need well under 5 an over. SIX! Negi gives it bit of a flight, Finch goes straight and clears the ropes with no trouble whatsoever. SIX MORE! This time Finch slogs it over long on. 15 off that over.

  • 10:43 PM IST

    GL 89/2 in 10 overs, Target 135: Chahal continues. FOUR! Raina cuts and the ball reaches the third man fence. It took Raina 17 deliveries to get his first boundary of the day. OUT! Raina looks to clear the mid-wicket boundary, but finds the man at the fence, but wait! Chahal just oversteps and Raina survives. FREE HIT! Finch goes over a reverse sweep, but the ball crashes into his thigh.

  • 10:35 PM IST

    GL 81/2 in 9 overs, Target 135: Choudhary continues. FUR! Finch continues to dominate and this time he pulls the ball to the deep mid-wicket boundary. FOUR MORE! Goes over cover, result the same. Finch now moves into the 40s. SIX! Finch this time goes over mid-wicket. He is hitting it a long, long way. Virat Kohli cannot do much but watch the carnage. That six also brought up the fifty stand. Finch also brings up his fifty off just 22 balls – fastest ever by a GL player. 19 runs off that over.

  • 10:29 PM IST

    GL 62/2 in 8 overs, Target 135: Yuzvendra Chahl introduced into the attack. SIX! Finch charges down the track and dispatches the ball over the mid-wicket boundary. Raina has not managed to get going, but Finch has already taken the game away from RCB. 11 off it.

  • 10:24 PM IST

    GL 51/2 in 7 overs, Target 135: Aniket Choudhary bowls his first over. GL bring up their fifty in the seventh over. Despite Raina’s slow start, they are well on their way. Finch’s innings has already made a difference in the match. Finch is continuing his attacking play, despite swinging and missing a few. Excellent over from Choudhary, just a couple of singles from it.

  • 10:19 PM IST

    GL 49/2 in 6 overs, Target 135: Aravind continues. FOUR! Finch swings, but the outside edge takes the ball to the third man boundary. FOUR! Finch goes over mid on this time. GL are racing away with this now. GL have finished the powerplay on a high after losing their openers for cheap scores. Another good over for the visitors, 11 runs off it.

  • 10:15 PM IST

    GL 38/2 in 5 overs, Target 135: Badree continues. OUT! McCullum perfectly finds the fielder at long on. A big wicket at this stage for RCB, they are still very much in it. McCullum has been dismissed for 3 off 6. Aaron Finch is the new batsman for GL. SIX! Finch is wasting no time. He smashes his second delivery over the mid-wicket fence. SIX MORE! This time, Finch goes over long on. He looks to be in bit of a hurry. 15 runs and a wicket off that over.

  • 10:10 PM IST

    GL 23/1 in 4 overs, Target 135: Aravind continues. He has bowled incredibly well so far. He is sure to get a wicket or two soon if he keeps bowling like that. Aravind bowls two bouncers in a row and concedes a FREE HIT! A yorker, no run off the free hit. Aravind does well. Good over, just 4 off it.

  • 10:04 PM IST

    GL 19/1 in 3 overs, Target 135: Badree continues. FOUR! Kishan pulls one to the fine leg fence. OUT! A quick one from Badree and Kishan is trapped in front for 16 off 11. Just what RCB needed – an early wicket. Suresh Raina is the new batsman. 6 runs and a wicket of that over.

  • 9:59 PM IST

    GL 13/0 in 2 overs, Target 135: Sreenath Aravind bowls the 2nd over. He bowls really well, but Kishan cuts the ball to the fence off the fourth ball. Otherwise a good over, just 5 off it.

  • 9:55 PM IST

    GL 8/0 in 1 over, Target 135: GL’s run chase is underway and it is Samuel Badree, who is opening the bowling for RCB. Ishan Kishan and McCullum open the batting for GL. FOUR! Good fielding from Mandeep in the deep, but his foot was on the ropes, when he made contact with the ball. Tough luck. FOUR! Kishan smashes it back the mid off into the fence. GOod start for GL.

  • 9:45 PM IST

    Another poor batting effort by RCB sees them put up an average total on the board. RCB bowlers will have to bowl really well to lead their side to a win. But if GL bat out their 20 overs, they will win with ease. Here’s Kaustubh Mayekar’s innings report: IPL 2017: GL’s collective bowling show skittle out RCB to 134

  • 9:37 PM IST

    RCB 134 in 20 overs: Faulkner bowls the final over. OUT! Aravind looks to clear the long on fence, but finds McCullum, who takes a good catch. Aravind is dismissed for 9 off 16. But he managed to add valuable 23 runs with Choudhary. Yuzvendra Chahal is the final man. run out off the final ball, but RCB complete one run.

  • 9:31 PM IST

    RCB 130/8 in 19 overs: Thampi to bowl the penultimate over. Batsmen just get the singles, but a full toss is smashed by Choudhary to the fence towards long off. Much needed that. Raina misses with the throw and the batsmen take an extra run as a result. 10 off that over.

  • 9:28 PM IST

    RCB 120/8 in 18 overs: Tye bowls his final over. Both Sreenath Aravind and Aniket Choudhary are swinging at everything at the moment. Not finding the middle. Tye finishes with brilliant figures of 3 for 12 from his 4 overs. Good stuff this from the Australian quickie.

  • 9:24 PM IST

    RCB 116/8 in 17 overs: Faulkner bowls his second over. RCB need to take every run that comes their way. Another good over for GL. Just 5 runs off it.

  • 9:20 PM IST

    RCB 111/8 in 16 overs: Tye comes back into the attack. He has bowled really well today. OUT! Mandeep’s miserable stay at the crease is finally over. He hits one straight into the hands of backward point. Another good over for GL.

  • 9:14 PM IST

    RCB 107/7 in 15 overs: Jadeja bowls his final over. OUT! Badree looks to go big, but Ishan Kishan takes a superb catch running in. Badree’s innings comes to an end for run-a-ball 3. Sreenath Aravind is the new batsman. 5 runs and a wicket off that.

  • 9:08 PM IST

    RCB 102/6 in 14 overs: Soni back into the attack. SIX! Negi smokes the ball over long on. A clean hit! He is off to a good start, needs to bat till the end now. SIX MORE! Short and wide outside off and Negi smashes it over the long off fence. 100 up for RCB. OUT! Negi throws it away! Smashes the ball to deep mid-wicket. He is gone for 32 off 19. Poor shot, considering he had hit 2 sixes in the over already. New batsman Samuel Badree is off the mark immediately. Time for the strategic time-out.

  • 9:03 PM IST

    RCB 88/5 in 13 overs: James Faulkner introduced into the attack. FOUR! Beautiful drive from Negi fetches him a boundary. Good start to the over. FOUR leg byes! Mandeep looks to pull but misses the ball. The ball hits his pads, beats the keeper into the fence. Crucial runs these. 11 off that over.

  • 8:59 PM IST

    RCB 77/5 in 12 overs: Tye returns to the attack. Batsmen looking to pinch the ones and twos, GL looking to give cut those easy runs. A good contest this. Tye bowls tight lines and lengths. Keeps it down to just 4 singles in that over.

  • 8:55 PM IST

    RCB 73/5 in 11 overs: Jadeja continues. FOUR! Negi somehow squeezes the ball between Karthik’s legs. FOUR MORE! A better shot from Negi, this time runs it past Karthik to collect another boundary. Mandeep is looking a bit shaky. however, this pair is running well between the wickets. Good over for RCB. 12 off it. Need many more such overs.

  • 8:52 PM IST

    RCB 61/5 in 10 overs: Soni continues. WHAT A MIX UP! The single was never on and AB is run out by a mile for just 5 off 11. GL are right on top at this stage. RCB have now lost half their side. Does not look good for them. Pawan Negi is the new batsman for RCB. Excellent over, just 3 off it.

  • 8:47 PM IST

    RCB 58/4 in 9 overs: Jadeja continues. BOWLED HIM! Jadhav looks to play a clever shot, looking to guide the ball to third man to a delivery that pitches on middle and leg. Jadhav’s innings comes to an end for 31 off 18. Just when RCB were looking to build momentum, a rash shot from Jadhav sees him head back to the pavilion after he got off to a brilliant start. Mandeep Singh is the new batsman. He has been short of runs. Just 2 runs and a wicket off that over.

  • 8:41 PM IST

    RCB 56/3 in 8 overs: Leg-spinner Ankit Soni introduced into the attack. RCB are keeping the scorecard ticking, which is an excellent sign. Jadhav looks in attacking mode. AB at the other end is happy to give the strike back to Jadhav as much as possible. SIX! Jadhav smokes this over deep mid-wicket. Doesn’t time it well, but the ball goes the distance. 11 off that over from Soni.

  • 8:37 PM IST

    RCB 45/3 in 7 overs: Ravindra Jadeja into the attack. Tye removed from the attack after a superb first over. AB is off the mark, off his 4th delivery. FOUR! Superb hitting from Jadhav, he bisects the gap between long off and deep cover perfectly. He then sensibly takes a single off the next ball. 10 off Jadeja’s first over.

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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of Match 31 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Gujarat Lions (GL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. I am Pramod Ananth and I will be bringing you the live updates of this exciting encounter. RCB have the upper hand over GL, having beaten them three out of four times. RCB eased past GL earlier in this season as well, beating their opponents by 21 runs at Rajkot, thanks to fifties from Chris Gayle and skipper Virat Kohli. GL currently lie in the bottom of the table, while RCB are just two places above them in the sixth position. Full Cricket Scorecard: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Gujarat Lions (GL) IPL 2017, Match 31 at Bengaluru

Both teams need a win today to stay alive in the tournament. One more loss for either side could potentially ruin their chances of making it to the playoffs. RCB and GL are not even close to having the sort of season they had last year. While RCB finished as runners-up, GL topped the table at the end of the group stages in 2016. Injury has hampered both teams’ chances. RCB started the season without Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, but the likes of KL Rahul and Sarfaraz Khan have been ruled out of the tournament due to injuries. While Vishnu Vinod was named Rahul’s replacement, Hapreet Singh, who went unsold due to mistaken identity in the IPL 2017 auction, has been named as Sarfaraz’s replacement. RCB vs GL IPL 2017, Match 31: Preview

GL too started the season without all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, but were dealt with a severe blow when they learnt that their star overseas all-rounder Dwayne Bravo will not participate in this edition of the IPL due to an injury. Irfan Pathan as a result has been named Bravo’s replacement. GL skipper Suresh Raina has mentioned that his bowlers need to step up and restrict the opposition batsmen as it will be difficult for his batsmen to chase down 180 to 190 every match. We might see a shake-up in GL’s bowling attack today as a result.

Squads:

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Shane Watson, Chris Gayle, Stuart Binny, Sreenath Aravind, Kedar Jadhav (wk), Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Yuzvendra Chahal, Pawan Negi, Travis Head, AB de Villiers, Samuel Badree, Iqbal Abdulla, Tymal Mills, Harshal Patel, Aniket Choudhary, Sachin Baby, Harpreet Singh, Billy Stanlake, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Praveen Dubey, Vishnu Vinod

Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Ravindra Jadeja, Aaron Finch, Akshdeep Nath, Andrew Tye, Basil Thampi, Nathu Singh, Shubham Agarwal, Munaf Patel, Praveen Kumar, Manpreet Gony, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Shah, Pradeep Sangwan, Shadab Bashir Jakati, Jason Roy, James Faulkner, Chirag Suri, Ishan Kishan, Anki Soni, Tejas Baroka, Pratham Singh, Shelley Shaurya, Irfan Pathan