The Indian Premier League is entering its 15th season, with two new teams joining the league. The IPL has been one of the most popular T20 tournaments in the world, with teams preparing for action. On the second day, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Punjab Kings will begin their respective campaigns. Despite their lack of trophies in IPL history, RCB has always been in the spotlight. Punjab Kings have also never won the IPL title and will look to break that streak this season. Both teams have new teams and captains in charge, and they will be hoping for renewed energy to propel them forward this season.
The 3rd match between Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore will take place on March 27th, 2022 at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai.
Match Details to Note
Match: Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 3rd Match, Indian Premier League 2022
Date: March 27, 2022 (Sunday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai
Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Team Previews
This season, Mayank Agarwal takes over as full-time captain of the Punjab Kings, and he will be partnered at the helm by the experienced Shikhar Dhawan. The team’s middle order is expected to include Liam Livingstone, Shahrukh Khan, Prabhsimran Singh, and Rishi Dhawan. Due to national commitments, Johnny Bairstow and Kagiso Rabada are currently unavailable. The Punjab Kings’ middle order is inexperienced, so they rely on young players to provide the required fireworks.
Arshdeep Singh and Sandeep Sharma are expected to share the new ball for the team, with Odean Smith filling the third seamer position in the playing XI. Rahul Chahar will be their main spinner, with Harpret Brar expected to assist him in the middle overs. Nathan Ellis, Ishan Porel, and Raj Bawa are three exciting bowlers who are working their way up the ranks.
Punjab Kings Squad
Mayank Agarwal (c), Arshdeep Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Jonny Bairstow, Rahul Chahar, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Prabhsimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Ishan Porel, Liam Livingstone, Odean Smith, Sandeep Sharma, Raj Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Prerak Mankad, Vaibhav Arora, Writtick Chatterjee, Baltej Dhanda, Ansh Patel, Nathan Ellis, Atharva Taide, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Benny Howell
Predicted XI: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Shahrukh Khan, Prabhsimran Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Odean Smith, Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Rahul Chahar, Harpret Brar
Faf Du Plessis will captain the RCB team this season, and his vast experience as a captain of the international side will be beneficial to the RCB team. Along with Faf, their batting mainstays will be Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, and Glenn Maxwell (who is currently unavailable). This season, they will look to fill the middle order gaps with young players like Mahipal Lormor, Anuj Rawat, Sherfane Rutherford, and Finn Allen. Hasaranga and Willey, both all-rounders, are expected to provide some fireworks later in the order.
They have retained the pace duo of Mohammed Siraj and Harshal Patel, who excelled in their previous season. Foreign imports Josh Hazlewood, Jason Behrondeff, and David Willey will bolster the attack’s variety and depth. Wanindu Hasaranga will lead the spin attack, which will also include Shahbaz Ahmed and Karn Sharma, as well as batting all-rounders Maxwell and Lormor.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad
Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dinesh Karthik, Anuj Rawat, Shahbaz Ahamad, Akash Deep, Josh Hazlewood, Mahipal Lomror, Finn Allen, Sherfane Rutherford, Jason Behrendorff, Suyash Prabhudessai, Chama Milind, Aneeshwar Gautam, Karn Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, Luvnith Sisodia, David Willey
Predicted XI: Faf Du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Anuj Rawat, Dinesh Karthik, Mahipal Lormor, Sherfane Rutherford, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanidu Hasaranga, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Jason Behrendoff/David Willey
Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Toss Prediction
If either captain wins the toss, they will choose to field first because chasing is a safe option in T20 matches when the safe target and pitch conditions are unknown.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
DY Patil Stadium is one of Mumbai’s larger venues, and we anticipate good pace and bounce carry in the early stages of the tournament. With the new ball, the Pacers might find the pitch useful early on;Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore and the batters will enjoy the ball coming onto the bat nicely. In this match, we anticipate an average score of 170-180 runs.
On the day of the match, Mumbai will be hot and sunny; and we expect dew to settle in the latter stages of the game, making it difficult for bowlers to grip the ball. We do not anticipate any weather disruptions to the match.
Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Match Prediction
When compared to the Punjab Kings, the RCB has a better team in terms of experience; particularly in the middle order. The Royal Challengers Bangalore have proven quality pacers who can take wickets on a consistent basis; whereas the Punjab Kings rely on young talents and new faces in this department. Both teams will be led by new captains and will begin the season with a clean slate. Overall, we believe RCB will win this match due to their superior team composition and experienced players.
Royal Challengers Bangalore is the favourite to beat Punjab Kings at the odds of 1.85.
- Despite participating in every IPL season to date, RCB and PBKS have never won the championship.
- RCB has qualified for the playoffs in the last two seasons, while PBKS hasn’t done so since 2014.
- In the IPL, PBKS has a 15-13 record against RCB.