Sharjah: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Punjab Kings will face each other in the 48th match of IPL 2021. Kohli’s team will try to strengthen their claim of a place in the playoffs with a win in the match. Toss will happen in a while.
The condition of both the teams in the points table
RCB, who are in search of their first IPL title, are in third place with 14 points from 11 matches with seven wins and four losses. With two more points, RCB will almost ensure a place in the playoffs. On the other hand, Punjab Kings have also kept their hopes of making the playoff alive with a five-wicket win against KKR. The team, however, is in fifth place with 10 points from five wins from 12 matches. The team has faced defeat in seven matches.
RCB will enter to confirm place in playoff
Captain Virat Kohli may have failed to score big but he looked in good form during the team’s win against Rajasthan Royals Kohli’s young opening partner Devdutt Padikkal is also in good form. Both played some attractive shots after which star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell ensured the team’s victory with a second consecutive half-century. AB de Villiers strengthens RCB in the lower middle order, which other teams miss and Punjab team is well aware of this fact.
The team has bowlers like Mohammad Siraj, Harshal Patel, Shahbaz Ahmed and Yuzvendra Chahal. Chahal has made a good comeback after recovering from poor form, which has strengthened RCB’s bowling attack.
Tough challenge before Punjab
On the other hand, the Punjab team will once again hope for a good start from the reliable opening pair of captain Lokesh Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. Rahul and Agarwal played well against KKR and against RCB, the team would once again want a good start from this pair.
Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh played a key role in Punjab’s win against KKR by bowling brilliantly in the death overs and they will look to replicate the performance against RCB.
The teams are as follows:
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), Navdeep Saini, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Rajat Patidar, Dushmant Chamira, Pawan Deshpande, Mohammad Siraj, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sachin Baby, Wanindu Hasaranga, George Garten, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal , Kyle Jameson, Suyash Prabhudesai, Sreekar Bharat, Tim David, Akash Deep and AB de Villiers.
Punjab Kings: Lokesh Rahul (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Shah Rukh Khan, Mohammed Shami, Nathan Ellis, Adil Rashid, Murugan Ashwin, Harpreet Brar, Moises Henriques, Chris Jordan, Aiden Markram, Mandeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Prabhsimran Singh , Ravi Bishnoi, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar and Jalaj Saxena.
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