Indian Super League 2021 Match 26
Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – April 30th
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Royal Challengers Bangalore have been pretty impressive in IPL 2021 with five victories in six games. AB de Villiers has been the gossip of the team, with the South African coming up with a spectacular fifty in the last match against the Delhi Capitals.
With their bowling ultimately striking this season, the RCB look set for a playoff spot in IPL 2021. But they will need the pair of Yuzvendra Chahal and Virat Kohli to produce sooner rather than later with ball and bat, correspondingly. The duo is still to hit the ground running in IPL 2021.
Possible playing XI: Virat Kohli (c), Daniel Sams, AB de Villiers (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Kyle Jamieson, Washington Sundar, Harshal Patel, Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
RCB will encounter a modest Punjab Kings side who have blown hot and cold this time. With only two victories from four matches in IPL 2021, the Punjab Kings are contemplating getting their campaign back on road.
While KL Rahul has maintained his superb form at the top of the order, the others haven’t performed reliably. The burden will be on youngster Arshdeep Singh and Mohammed Shami to produce with the ball against RCB’s fiery batting roster that possesses Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Glenn Maxwell.
Possible playing XI: KL Rahul (c & wk), Shahrukh Khan, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Jhye Richardson/Fabian Allen, Chris Jordan, Mayank Agarwal, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
As witnessed in recent games at the Narendra Modi Stadium, the wicket is marginally on the slower side. But the batters should still get value for their shots. While there is some seam movement and swing on offer early on, the pace bowlers will look to alter their pace to get the most out of this wicket.
The spin bowlers will have a big chance in the result of the match with sufficient turn on offer in the middle overs. With dew anticipated to play a big role, both sides will preferably look to chase upon winning the toss. 165-175 should be an average score at the venue.
Although both sides look well-tallied on paper, present form bends the odds in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s favour. Royal Challengers Bangalore Begin their game at the odds of 1.71, while Punjab as expected are trailing at 2.10.
Nevertheless, Punjab Kings have shown indications of progress in the last few matches, which should hold them in a good position at the forefront of Friday’s clash. With two precious points up for grabs, we should be in for an exciting IPL 2021 match at the Narendra Modi Stadium.