In the 48th match of IPL 2021, the Royal Challengers Bangalore team will face Punjab Kings. Bangalore need just one win to cement their place in the playoffs. On the other hand, Punjab will have to win both the matches by a huge margin to make their place in the last four. Punjab defeated Kolkata Knight Riders in the last match, while Bangalore defeated Rajasthan Royals. In the first encounter of this season, KL Rahul’s team was overshadowed by Virat Kohli’s army and Punjab hit the ground by 34 runs. In such a situation, RCB would definitely like to settle the loss in this match.
Bangalore in great form
Everything has gone well for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last two matches. In batting, captain Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal have been successful in giving a great start to the team, while Sreekar Bharat has come at number three and batted strongly. Glenn Maxwell has shown excellent form in the UAE leg and the special thing is that he has taken up the task of setting the line for the team. AB de Villiers has not got much chance to show his 360 skills till now. Kyle Jamieson may return in place of Daniel Christian. In bowling, Harshal Patel has been the superstar of Bangalore in IPL 2021. At the same time, the return of Yuzvendra Chahal in form is a relief news for the team.
Punjab must win
KL Rahul-led Punjab Kings need a win in both their remaining matches. The thrilling win against KKR must have boosted the team’s confidence. In the last match, captain Rahul was seen in good form and Mayank Agarwal also made a comeback in the team and played a blistering innings of 40 runs. Nicholas Pooran’s poor form is definitely a matter of concern for the team. Deepak Hooda’s bat has also not got the kind of runs for which he is known. Shahrukh Khan had definitely done the work of looting the gathering against KKR. Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh have done their job well in the bowling. At the same time, Ravi Bishnoi has proved to be Rahul’s trump card.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Probable Playing XI: Virat Kohli (Captain) Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian/Kyle Jamieson, George Garten, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Punjab Kings Probable Playing XI: KL Rahul (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Adam Markram, Deepak Hooda, Shah Rukh Khan, Fabian Allen/Chris Jordan, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh.