Harjit Mehat | cricket20
Kochi Tuskers Kerala skipper Mahela Jayawardene has won the toss and elected to bat first against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in a vital game for both sides at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
The Royal Challengers come into the game on the back of a four game winning streak which has seen them move up the IPL group standings into 4th place.
Having lost their three of their first four games the home side can strengthen their chances of securing a place in the play off with victory over the Tuskers.
The visitors have had a mixed debut tournament but with four games to go the Tuskers remain in the play off hunt but they can’t afford to loss any more games.
The Tuskers have dropped Sreesanth, he is replaced by Ramesh Powar while the home side have left out Asad Pathan and replaced him with Cheteshwar Pujara.
Royal Challengers Bangalore team - CH Gayle, TM Dilshan, V Kohli, AB de Villiers†, CA Pujara, M Kaif, SS Tiwary, DL Vettori*, Z Khan, S Aravind, A Mithun.
Kochi Tuskers Kerala team - M Klinger, BB McCullum, DPMD Jayawardene*, PA Patel†, BJ Hodge, RA Jadeja, RV Gomez, RR Powar, R Vinay Kumar, RP Singh, P Parameswaran.