KL Rahul is forming the backbone of the Punjab Kings’ batting order yet again in this season.
There have been instances in the past where Royal Challengers Bangalore have embarked on a winning spree and it came to an end, but this year‘s team looks different, in a sense that Virat Kohli’s men now know how to get back up right after getting knocked down.
Their streak of four consecutive wins came to an end when they clashed with Chennai Super Kings, but instead of letting that defeat bring their spirits down, they put up a great show against Delhi Capitals in their last game to seal their fifth win. They will now take on a team who are also eyeing a similar comeback, as Punjab Kings were handed a defeat by Kolkata Knight Riders in their last game.
Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
Date & Time: 30th April 2021 at 7:30 PM IST
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar
Over 340 runs were scored in the match between Bangalore and Delhi here in Ahmedabad, which tells us that the pitch will assist the batsmen. Batting first will be comparatively tougher than chasing.
Probable Playing XIs for PBKS vs RCB:
Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (C and WK), Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Moises Henriques, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Washington Sundar, Daniel Sams, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj.
Top Picks for PBKS vs RCB Dream11 Match:
Top Picks – Batsmen
Devdutt Padikkal has been a real find for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The youngster had a poor outing in the last game, but he scored 135 runs in the previous two games.
While Padikkal is winning matches for RCB since last year, the decision to invest in Glenn Maxwell in this season has been a fruitful one. He has scored 20+ runs in all of his last 4 innings, which includes two half-centuries as well.
Top Picks – All-Rounders
Deepak Hooda is chipping in with wickets as well as runs for his team. While he looked good with the bat in the first few games, the Punjab player has picked up 2 wickets in his last 2 games.
Top Picks – Bowlers
Harshal Patel is a prime contender for the prestigious Purple Cap in this season. The RCB seamer has picked up at least 2 wickets in all of his last 5 games.
For Punjab Kings, experienced campaigner Mohammed Shami has looked decent with the ball. He has picked up 3 wickets in his last 2 games and has conceded 25+ runs in only one of his last 5 games.
Top Picks – Wicketkeepers
KL Rahul is forming the backbone of the Punjab Kings’ batting order yet again in this season. He has scored two half-centuries in his last 5 games.
37-year-old ‘youngster’ AB de Villiers is playing like he is enjoying the prime of his cricketing career. He scored 75 runs from only 42 deliveries in his last game against Delhi Capitals.