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IPL 9 playoffs preview: 'Fab 4' RCB vs GL, KKR vs SRH in high-octane battle

As the play-offs stage of the Indian Premier League 9 season begin today, we take a look at the four teams who will battle it out for the 2016 title.

Gujarat Lions will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore, while two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders square off against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Here's a statistical lowdown and some facts about IPL 9's big four.

Gujarat Lions:
Captain - Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina. Pic/ AFP

Coach - Brad Hodge
Group stage - finished 1st
Best result - debut season
Leading runscorer - Suresh Raina (397 runs)
Leading wicket taker - Dwayne Bravo (15 wickets)
Dwayne Bravo
Dwayne Bravo. Pic/ AFP 

Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Captain - Virat Kohli
Coach - Daniel Vettori
Group stage - finished 2nd
Best result - Runners-up (2009)
Leading runscorer - Virat Kohli (919 runs)
Leading wicket taker - Yuzvendra Chahal (19 wickets)
Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal. Pic/ AFP 

Sunrisers Hyderabad:
Captain - David Warner
David Warner
David Warner. (Pic/ AFP)

Coach - Tom Moody
Group stage - finished 3rd
Best result - playoffs (2013)
Leading run scorer - David Warner (658 runs)
Leading wicket taker - Bhuvneshwar Kumar (18 wickets)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Pic/ AFP 

Kolkata Knight Riders:
Captain - Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir. Pic/ AFP

Coach - Jacques Kallis
Group stage - finished 4th
Best result - Champions (2012, 2014)
Leading run scorer - Gautam Gambhir (473 runs)
Leading wicket taker - Andre Russell (15 wickets).
Andre Russell
Andre Russell. Pic/ AFP 

The IPL final will take place on May 29th, Sunday.

KKR team owner Shah Rukh Khan went onto Twitter to thank Kolkata, Eden Gardens as well as Sourav Ganguly after his team qualified for the playoffs by defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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