Today RCB will be facing off PBKS which is going to be one of the most interesting matches of this week. As there is still some room for RCB to save the spot in the top 4 teams for playoff and after the victory against MI; Royals already have high confidence, On the other hand, KL’s PBKS were losing consecutively two matches but still by recoding name on this match they might able to recover from their setbacks.
Match – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings – 48th match
Venue – Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah.
Time – 3:30 PM IST, 10:00 AM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network, Hotstar
The Pitch of Sharjah is more supportive in the bowler’s favor thus building a good score to defend is going to prove as a challenge for both teams. in the last 4 matches, the average score on this crease is around 134 and the chasing team had won 3 games out of them hence even if Spinners were proven to be a hindrance in path chasing would be profitable.
Avg first innings score: 136 (4 matches in the IPL 2021 at Sharjah)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 1, Tied – 0
A sunny day as always no sign of blessings of clouds, with the maximum 38-39 degree temperature will give hard time to fielders to defend boundaries. and humidity will be around 45-47% in the air.
Played – 27 | Royal Challengers Bangalore – 12 | Punjab Kings – 15 | N/R – 0
Played – 3 | Royal Challengers Bangalore – 0 | Punjab Kings – 3 | N/R – 0
Virat Kohli (c), Srikar Bharat (wk), Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, George Garton, Shahbaz, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, AB de Villiers.
KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen/ Moises, Nathan, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep.
KL Rahul has exceptional numbers against the Challengers in the IPL. In 10 matches, the right-hander has nicked 462 runs at an average of 92.40 with a strike rate of 156.08. Last year, he also executed an unbeaten 132-run knock against the same enemy with two fifties. In IPL 2021, Rahul has collected 489 runs in his account at an average of 54.33 with a strike rate of 130.74
Ravi Bishnoi has been excellent for the Kings on the open-ended edition of the IPL. In the seven matches, the leg-spinner has puled up 11 wickets at an economy rate of 6.07. Ravi Bishnoi has been outstanding for the Czars on the ongoing edition of the IPL. In seven matches, the leg-troll has picked up 11 lattices at a husbandry rate of6.07. He has picked up lattices in the powerplay as well as in the middle overs. Bishnoi has good calculus against the Competitors, having picked up five lattices from 11 overs at a husbandry rate of7.09.
Royal Challengers Bangalore keep a small edge since they have shown more flexibility and combination in the league IInd phase so far. Punjab displayed signs of the fight while facing the KKR but that may just not be sufficient against far stronger opposition.
Today’s match prediction: Punjab Kings to win the match.