Match Preview – PBKS vs RCB
Punjab Kings (PBKS) will take on Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore in Match 26 of the VIVO IPL 2021. The match will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad where the pitch generally suits the batsmen. With both the teams loaded with power-hitters, today’s PBKS vs RCB IPL 2021 match can to be expected a high-scoring encounter.
Punjab Kings put on a disappointing show in their last match against the Kolkata Knight Riders. It was a batting debacle followed by an ordinary bowling effort that summed up their loss against KKR. On the other hand, Royal Challengers got back to winning ways, thanks to a mind-blowing knock by AB de Villiers and some good bowling under pressure in the death overs. Both teams will want to be on the winning side in this match and clinch the all-important two points.
Before we make PBKS vs RCB Today Match Prediction, here’s a look at what does today’s fixture has to offer:
PBKS vs RCB – Predicted Playing XIs for Today’s IPL Match
Punjab’s playing XI that took the field against KKR was not short on personnel, it was a collective failure that led to a one-sided loss. The presence of big hitters like Shahrukh Khan and Moises Henriques adds to the depth of the batting. As a result, Punjab is likely to go with the same playing XI giving an extended run to their players.
KL Rahul (C & WK), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Moises Henriques, Shahrukh Khan, Chris Jordan, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers of Bangalore found their rhythm as well as their best playing XI right at the start of this season. They will not want to tinker much with the winning combination and are likely to go in with the same playing XI as well.
Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), Washington Sundar, AB de Villiers (WK), Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar, Daniel Sams, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj
PBKS vs RCB Head to Head record in IPL | H2H IPL stats
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The head-to-head IPL record between PBKS and RCB has been fairly even so far. Punjab has had the upper hand with 14 wins while the Bangalore franchise has registered wins in 12 matches. However, RCB has been a dominant force this year and this could be their chance to close down this gap in terms of head-to-head wins vs PBKS.
Players to Watch out for in PBKS vs RCB IPL match:
The openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal will have a big role to play if Punjab Kings aim to win today’s IPL match. Chris Gayle has looked good in patches this year. He will look to score big in the upcoming match. Chris Jordan and Mohammed Shami will shore up the responsibilities with the ball and will look to restrict the opponent to a low total.
Talking about Royal Challengers Bangalore, Devdutt Padikkal has been in good form this year and will look to provide a solid start in today’s match. Glenn Maxwell along with AB de Villiers will bat in the middle order and will be the key batsman for RCB. With the ball, the Indian duo of Harshal Patel and Mohammed Siraj will be the players to look out for.
PBKS vs RCB Match Prediction – Who will win today’s IPL match?
Royal Challengers Bangalore has been a force to reckon with this in IPL 2021. The most pleasing sign for Virat Kohli-led side has been stepping up of various players in bailing the team out of trouble on different occasions. Despite a poor track record against Punjab in the recent IPL matches, RCB boasts a more balanced line-up as compared to their opponents. RCB will feel upbeat about their win against Delhi and are likely to continue the winning streak even in today’s IPL match vs PBKS.