The Punjab Kings will take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 60th game of the Indian Premier League 2022. The Kings are coming off a loss to the Rajasthan Royals in which their bowling attack let them down. The Royal Challengers Bangalore is in good form after a convincing win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad in their previous game.
The Punjab Kings have one more chance to advance to the next round. Following their heartbreaking loss in the previous game, the team will be under immense pressure in this game. The Royal Challengers have played well in their last two games and are on the verge of qualifying for the next round. Both teams have strong batting lineups, and this game is expected to be close.
The 60th match between Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings will take place on May 13th, 2022 at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
Match Details to Note
Match: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings, 60th Match, Indian Premier League 2022
Date: May 13, 2022 (Friday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings Team Previews
Faf du Plessis’ team has improved to fourth place on the points table after strong performances in the last two games. The team delivered a clinical performance against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last game, winning by 67 runs. Their batsmen and bowlers appear to be in fine form. They had previously lost to the Punjab Kings, and du Plessis would like to make amends with a good performance here and secure a spot in the playoffs.
Virat Kohli recorded his third golden duck in the previous game, and the team will have higher expectations of him as he opens the batting with Du Plessis. Rajat Patidar appears to be in good form, and the team would like to see him form partnerships in the middle order with Glenn Maxwell and Dinesh Karthik. Down the order, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Mahipal Lomror add firepower.
The Australia duo of Maxwell and Josh Hazlewood opened the bowling well in the previous game, and early strikes from them would be required. Mohammad Siraj and Hasaranga have been the most consistent bowlers for the team, and they will be confident of victory here. The side has a good variety in its bowling attack with Harshal Patel, Lamror, and Ahmed, which will boost their confidence.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad
Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, David Willey, Harshal Patel, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj, Siddarth Kaul, Karn Sharma, Chama V Milind, Mahipal Lomror, Finn Allen, Suyash Prabhudessai, Luvnith Sisodia, Aneeshwar Gautam
Predicted XI: Faf du Plessis (c), Rajat Patidar, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj
Mayank Agarwal would be disappointed with his bowlers’ performance in the previous game against the Rajasthan Royals, in which they failed to defend a total of 189 runs, losing by six wickets. With this defeat, the team has dropped to eighth place on the points table. They must win this game to keep their hopes of advancing to the next round alive. They defeated RCB earlier in the season, and the Punjab Kings captain wants his team to be inspired by those victories.
Shikhar Dhawan has been in superb form, and he will need to establish a solid opening wicket stand with Jonny Bairstow. Agarwal, along with Jitesh Sharma and Bhanuka Rajapaksa, must lead the middle order and push the score up in the middle overs. Liam Livingstone is a big hitter, and the team will look for quick runs from him and Rishi Dhawan down the order.
Their bowling attack would be tested ahead of this game, and good spells from Sandeep Sharma and Kagiso Rabada with the new ball would be required. Arshdeep Singh has been a consistent performer for the team and will play a key role in this game. Rahul Chahar needs to deliver in the middle overs. In this game, Rishi Dhawan and Livingstone must assist the main bowlers.
Punjab Kings Squad
Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Raj Bawa, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Sandeep Sharma, Rahul Chahar, Prabhsimran Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Benny Howell, Ishan Porel, Vaibhav Arora, Ansh Patel, Atharva Taide, Prerak Mankad, Jitesh Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Writtick Chatterjee, Baltej Singh
Predicted XI: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Sharma, Arshdeep Singh
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings Toss Prediction
Most teams’ mantra this season has been to bowl first and chase the score. The wickets have been good, and teams have been optimistic about their chances while chasing scores. As a result, we expect the team that wins the toss to bowl first in order to limit the opponents to a low total.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai has a good batting surface where the ball comes off the bat nicely. We’ve seen big scores at this venue before. Fast bowlers are not helped by the surface and must rely on their variations. Spinners have a good record because their balls grip the surface and stop on the batsmen.
On May 13, Mumbai’s skies will be obscured by strange clouds. The wicket has been difficult for bowlers, and the flat surface, combined with the fast outfield, has allowed batsmen to score easily. To feel safe, the team batting first in this game would aim for a score of around 190 runs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings Match Prediction
The Punjab Kings cannot afford to lose the game. They’re up against it, and the team needs to win this one to make the playoffs. Their bowlers will be under pressure, and it will be interesting to see how they perform. Royal Challengers Bangalore will have more freedom to play. They have won their last two games and are riding high. This would make them the favourites to win this game.
Royal Challengers Bangalore is the favourite to beat Punjab Kings at the odds of 1.78.
- Wanindu Hasaranga has 21 wickets for the Royal Challengers Bangalore this season and is troubling opponents.
- PBKS has only won twice in the last six games, and their bowling attack is in disarray.
- RCB has a strong batting lineup that includes Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli, and Glenn Maxwell.