RCB vs PBKS Preview: If Bangalore wins today, it will be difficult for Punjab, the equation of playoff will change

Mumbai: Right in time, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team will look to reach the playoffs in the IPL by registering a win over the so far fluctuating Punjab Kings today. On the other hand, in the event of a defeat, Punjab’s journey to the playoffs will be extremely difficult. Not only this, if Bangalore team wins then the equation will change drastically and things will not be easy for not only Punjab but also Rajasthan, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata. However, after the way RCB has performed in the last two matches, the match for Punjab does not seem to be easy.

found the right combination
If we look at Bangalore’s last two matches, it seems that they have found their proper combination. Barring Virat Kohli, all the RCB batsmen are in excellent form. Rajat Patidar and Mahipal Lomror are also doing well in the form of captain Faf du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell and Dinesh Karthik. RCB’s bowlers have also been consistently performing well, including the in-form Josh Hazlewood and Harshal Patel. Mohammad Siraj is not in the best of form but the team can expect him to do well at crucial times. 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.

lack of consistency
There is a lack of consistency in the Punjab team and that is the reason why they have not been able to win two matches in a row. 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. In the bowling, Kagiso Rabada has taken 18 wickets 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, Punjab team falls apart at crucial times in which it has to improve as soon as possible.

There was a lot of runs
Both the teams started this season with a mutual clash. There was a lot of runs in that match where the bet was in the hands of Punjab. RCB posted a mammoth score of 205 for two with captain Faf du Plessis’ 88 and Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 41. However, Punjab won the batsmen-dominated match an over before with Shikhar Dhawan and Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s 43-run chase. Odeon Smith finally hit 25 not out in eight balls.

Bangalore vs Punjab (RCB vs PBKS Head to Head)

  • Total Matches – 29
  • Bangalore won – 13
  • Punjab won – 16

Punjab Kings (PBKS Playing XI) : Jonny Bairstow, Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal (c), Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Rishi Dhawan, Sandeep Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB Playing XI): Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Wanindu Hasaranga, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammad Siraj

Brabourne’s Pitch Report (RCB vs PBKS Pitch Report)
In the last two matches on the Brabourne pitch, only the team batting first has won. But, looking at the previous two matches, Bangalore’s team was reduced to just 68 runs while batting first here. It will not be an easy decision for the captain who wins the toss.

numbers game

  • Punjab has beaten RCB four times in 5 previous encounters
  • Virat Kohli needs 1 run to complete his 6500 runs in IPL
  • Shikhar Dhawan will complete 700 fours in IPL as soon as he hits 6 fours