RCB vs PBKS Match Preview: ‘Challengers’ try to beat Punjab Kings to reach playoffs


Mumbai. punctual Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team has been the most volatile performer so far on Friday. Punjab Kings by winning over IPL (IPL) in playoff Will try to get closer. RCB have performed brilliantly in the last two matches which seems to have found their proper combination. Virat Kohli Except RCB all the batsmen are in excellent form. Rajat Patidar and Mahipal Lomror are also performing well like captain Faf du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell and Dinesh Karthik.

Kohli hasn’t had a good IPL season so far but he will try to make up for it against Punjab. RCB’s bowlers are also consistently performing well, including the in-form Josh Hazlewood and Harshal Patel. Mohammad Siraj is not in his best form but the team can expect him to perform well at crucial times.

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Maxwell has proved useful in the Powerplays

Maxwell has proved useful with his off-spin in the powerplays and the middle overs while Wanindu Hasaranga has so far taken 21 wickets, including five in a match. If RCB beats Punjab, then they will get 16 points, although 18 points is considered a safe number to reach the playoffs.

Punjab will have to win the remaining three matches to make it to the top 4.

As far as Punjab is concerned, they will have to win their remaining three matches to make it to the top four team. They had defeated RCB in their first match but now they have 10 points from five wins. He has lost six matches. There is a lack of consistency in the team of Punjab and this is the reason why they have not been able to win two matches in a row.

Dhawan and Rajapakse are contributing well in the top order

Shikhar Dhawan and Bhanuka Rajapakse are contributing well in the top order while Liam Livingstone and Jitesh Sharma are finishing the innings well. Jonny Bairstow’s return to form is good news for Punjab. Captain Mayank Agarwal has decided to enter the middle order but he needs to lead from the front.

Rabada has taken 18 wickets

Kagiso Rabada has taken 18 wickets in bowling so far but he has proved to be expensive. Sandeep Sharma has the ability to take wickets in the powerplay. Arshdeep Singh has bowled impressively, especially in the death overs where he troubled the batsmen with his precise yorkers. Despite having good players in the team, the Punjab team falls apart at crucial times in which it has to improve as soon as possible.

The teams are as follows:

Royal Challengers Bangalore:

Faf du Plessis (captain), Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Siraj, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dinesh Karthik, Josh Hazlewood, Shahbaz Ahmed, Anuj Rawat, Akash Deep, Mahipal Lomror, Finn Allen, Sherfane Rutherford, Jason Behrendorff, Suyash Prabhudesai , Chama Milind, Anishwar Gautam, Karn Sharma, David Willey, Rajat Patidar, Siddharth Kaul.

Punjab Kings:

Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal (captain), Arshdeep Singh, Kagiso Rabada, Jonny Bairstow, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Brar, Shah Rukh Khan, Prabhsimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Ishan Porel, Liam Livingstone, Odeon Smith, Sandeep Sharma, Raj Angad Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Prerak Mankad, Vaibhav Arora, Hrithik Chatterjee, Baltej Dhanda, Ansh Patel, Nathan Ellis, Atharva Taede, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Benny Howell.

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