VIVO IPL 2021: PBKS vs RCB Preview & Dream 11 Prediction
- Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers are in terrific form for RCB.
- Punjab Kings have struggled to be consistent, particularly while batting first.
- RCB has a better bowling attack than the Punjab Kings.
Punjab Kings vs Royal Challenges Bangalore (PBKSvRCB): The 26th match of VIVO IPL 2021 will be played between these two teams PBKSvRCB, The match will begin on 30 April at 7:30 pm IST.
On the face of it, the match between the Punjab Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore is a mismatch. Punjab Kings has been quite poor this season and just has two wins to its name while Royal Challengers Bangalore has won all but one of its matches so far. However, we have already seen Punjab Kings beat the Mumbai Indians this season and so anything can happen in the IPL.
The middle of the table is getting quite crowded and it appears as if the fight for the final two IPL 2021 Playoff spots is going to be quite close. While we expect RCB to be there for sure, Punjab Kings could also make it provided it can improve on some of its recent showings and be more consistent.
The spinners may have something to work with as the ball gets older.
The Punjab Kings have played a very strange brand of cricket this season. They have so much of batting power but it is almost like they are afraid of using it. They batted first on a good wicket and only managed to reach 120+ thanks to a rapid inning from Chris Jordan at the end.
Playing against RCB should give some added motivation to KL Rahul and Chris Gayle, both of whom were an integral part of the RCB lineup before being sidelined. That should spark a bit more intent in their style of playing in our opinion.
Deepak Hooda scored runs in the first couple of matches he played but punjab Kings may be a victim to his initial success. He definitely deserves time in the middle-order but his previous record suggests that his initial success may be hard to replicate.
Nicholas Pooran is also struggling for form and so the only way that the Pujab Kings can win is by a inning of brilliance from one of the top-3.
This is a decent bowling lineup but one that can be very expensive against a strong batting lineup like RCB.
RCB was lucky to have won the match against DC. It did not bat well and was bailed out by the brilliance of AB de Villiers at the end. The problem of having one batsman less than needed was partly take care of as Rajat Patidar had a decent outing but the bulk of the runs have to come from the Big-4. We are including Devdutt Padikkal alongside Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and, AB de Villiers in this because he has been sperb for RCB so far.
Date: April 30, 2021 (Friday).
Time: 07:30 PM (IST), 02:00 PM (GMT).
Venue: Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium, Ahmadabad
PBKS vs RCB: Head to Head:
|Punjab Kings||Head to Head||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|14 won||26 Matches||12 won|
|88 runs||Lowest Score||84 runs|
|232 runs||Highest Score||226 runs|
Pitch and Weather Conditions:
The conditions in Ahemdabad have been quite good for cricket. There is something in the wicket for the bowlers and so the fast-bowlers are always in the game while the batsmen are able to get the big-hits away making use of the small short boundaries.
It can be difficult for the spinners to strike during the second inning as the dew makes it difficult to grip the ball.
A score of around 165-170 should be seen as par batting first.
TV and live streaming details:
TV: Star Sports Network.
Live Streaming: Disney+ Hotstar VIP
PBKS vs RCB Probably XI:
Batting: Batsmen like KL Rahul, Mayank Aggarwal, Chris Gayle, and the others have struggled for consistency at the top so far. We know what they are capable of but whether they are going to be able to turn things around so quickly is the question.
X-Factor: They have Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Moises Henriques, and Shahrukh Khan in the team so they can probably afford to go a bit harder in what should be better batting conditions.
Bowling: The bowling lineup is a bit confused as well. Moises Henriques is playing as a genuine all-rounder and so can be expected to bowl in every match. That means Henriques and Hooda will fulfill the role of one bowler while Chris Jordan, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammad Shami, and Ravi Bishnoi are the four genuine bowlers in the lineup.
Predict XI: KL Rahul (c, wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Dawid Malan/Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Moises Henriques, Chris Jordan/Riley Meredith, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh.
Batting: In terms of batting firepower, RCB is ahead of Punjab Kings and perhaps every other team in IPL 2021. The big players are in form and batting with freedom. We also see them playing fearlessly at all stages of the game, something that the leadership has to be given credit for.
X-Factor: We saw Daniel Sams being given a chance in the lineup ahead of Dan Christian and that is not a bad option at all. Sams is a very good bowler and has improved as a lower-order after as well. We think he will continue to feature in the side for some time to come.
Bowling: Similarly, the bowling lineup for RCB is very good. Mohammad Siraj has come leaps and bounds ahead of where he was just a few months ago and is leading the attack admirably. Harshal Patel seems to have a happy knack of picking up wickets everytime he comes to bowl and Washington Sundar is good at keeping a tight lid on things as well. With Kyle Jamieson performing to expectations and Yuzvendra CHahal slowly finding some form, there are no weak links as such in the lineup just yet.
Predict XI: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Washngton Sundar, Daniel Sams, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj.
PBKS vs RCB Dream 11 Prediction:
Please check the team once when Playing XI Announced.
Captain Options – KL Rahul, Devdutt Padikkal
Vice-Captain Options – Glenn Maxwell, Chris Gayle, Ab de Villiers
PBKS vs RCB Team Prediction: According to the Daily IPL Poll Reports- PBKS to win
Punjab Kings (PBKS) squad:
KL Rahul(w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Moises Henriques, Shahrukh Khan, Fabian Allen, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Mandeep Singh, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Jalaj Saxena, Sarfaraz Khan, Saurabh Kumar, Jhye Richardson, Ishan Porel, Riley Meredith, Utkarsh Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Prabhsimran Singh, Harpreet Brar
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Squad:
Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers(w), Washington Sundar, Daniel Sams, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Daniel Christian, Sachin Baby, Srikar Bharat, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Finn Allen, Suyash Prabhudessai, Shahbaz Ahmed