Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings
In the 48th match of IPL 2021, the ex RCB player, KL Rahul will be seen competing against his team for survival in the tournament. Punjab Kings will be taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore for crucial two points that can change the entire scenario of Playoffs for all the teams. However, if RCB wins, they are through to the Playoffs and if Punjab wins, then there will be a serious competition for the Playoffs spot. Though, let’s see what happens when these two teams meet.
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Head to Head Record
Punjab Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore have always been indulged in close contests as their head to head record suggests.
- Matches Played: 29 matches
- PBKS Won: 13 matches
- RCB Won: 16 matches
- Tie: 0 matches
However, for Punjab, this will be another chance to keep this record safe with them and will be looking to dominate Bangalore.
Sharjah Cricket Stadium Record
The ground of Sharjah has been always batting-friendly but the pitches this time have favoured the bowlers. Bangalore and Punjab will be looking to turn it around.
- Matches Played: 23
- Matches won by Batting first team: 8
- Matches won by Chasing team: 15
- No Result: 0
After a comprehensive win over Kolkata Knight Riders, Punjab Kings are well and truly alive in the competition. They are placed at the fifth position in the points table with 5 wins in 12 games to their name. They still need to win the remaining games to make it to the Playoffs and will also depend on the results of other matches too.
Predicted Playing XI
KL Rahul (C and WK), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Shahrukh Khan, Mohd. Shami, Nathan Ellis, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi
Adil Rashid, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Prabhsimran Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Ishan Porel, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Saurabh Kumar
Players to watch out
The top order of Punjab Kings has always fired for them. The partnership between KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal has led them to many wins. However, in the middle order, Shahrukh Khan and Aiden Markram can do wonders for them. In the bowling department, young Ravi Bishnoi along with Mohd. Shami and Arshdeep Singh are doing well for the team.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The team that has been doing well this season, Royal Challengers Bangalore, is comfortably sitting on the third position in the points table. Now they need just one win to qualify for the Playoffs and will be looking to do it in just the next match against Punjab Kings.
Predicted Playing XI
Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), Glenn Maxwell, AB De Villiers (wk), Dan Christian, Tim David, Srikar Bharat, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mohd. Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmad
Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddin,, Suyesh Prabhudessai, KS Bharat, Dushmantha Chameera, Akash Deep, George Garton, Kyle Jamieson, Wanindu Hasaranga
Players to Watch Out
The team that always struggled due to the middle order is now winning the matches because of that only. With the addition of Glenn Maxwell and Srikar Bharat, the team has been doing good. Along with Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal, the team has done well. In the bowling department, the purple cap owner, Harshal Patel along with Yuzi Chahal have been handy for the team.
Royal Challengers Bangalore looks strong in front of Punjab Kings but the KL Rahul led team fought till the end. We predict that Punjab Kings will beat Royal Challengers Bangalore to stay in the competition and will give a tough fight to their opponents.