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Indian T20 League 2021: Match 26

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Padikkal can be the X-Factor player for this match.

Match Details

Match 26 – Punjab vs Bangalore

Date & Time – April 30, 2021; 7:30 PM IST

Venue – Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.

Preview

Match 26 of the ongoing Indian T20 League will be played between Punjab and Bangalore on Friday. The Virat Kohli-led side is flying high this season having won five out of six matches thus far. They have lost only to Chennai and will be keen on continuing their good form. Punjab, on the other hand, are struggling and have been pretty inconsistent in their trade. They will have to play their best cricket to have any chance of going past Bangalore.

Probable Playing XIs

Punjab

KL Rahul (C & WK), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Moises Henriques, Chris Jordan Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami

Bangalore

Virat Kohli (C), Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, AB de Villiers (WK), Glenn Maxwell, Washington Sundar, Daniel Sams, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Kyle Jamieson, Yuzvendra Chahal

Top Picks of the Match

Glenn Maxwell (Bangalore)

Maxwell has been a special player for Bangalore this season. He has already scored 223 runs in five innings at an average of close to 47 and a strike-rate of 145.75. Batting at four most of the times, Maxwell has done extremely well so far and after a quite couple of games, he will be raring to go big in this match.

KL Rahul (Punjab)

KL Rahul is the heart and soul of this Punjab batting line-up. Only if he scores big, they post a decent total on the board. So far he has scored 240 runs in six innings at an average of 48 and a strike-rate of 129.03 and once again, will be the key for his team in this match.

X-Factor Player

Devdutt Padikkal

Padikkal is a special player. Opening the innings, he can definitely take the attack to the opposition. He has already smashed a ton in this season but there has been very little to show in the other knocks. The Bangalore opener will be itching to do well and is a perfect X-Factor player for this game.

Fantasy Teams

Fantasy Playing XI No.1 for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

KL Rahul (VC), AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell (C), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Daniel Sams, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Kyle Jamieson

Fantasy Playing XI No.2 for Grand/Mega Leagues:

KL Rahul, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal (VC), Virat Kohli (C), Devdutt Padikkal, Washington Sundar, Daniel Sams, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Mohammed Siraj

Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.

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