The Punjab Kings will have to play their skins to resume their stuttering campaign as they face the high-flying Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League on Friday.
Reassured by a 5-wicket defeat at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders, the difficult side in Punjab will not be an easy task to cope with the challenge posed by an RCB team that shoots at all cylinders.
After four losses and two wins, Punjab is currently ranked sixth in the league table with four points, while RCB is second with 10 points from five wins, just behind the Chennai Super Kings in net speed.
Apart from the only loss against CSK, RCB proved to be strong contenders for girls IPL title, with many of their players striking form as the tournament progresses.
Punjab’s incessant beating so far has been a disappointment. In his six games, KL RahulThe front parties continue to make the three low amounts first – 106, 120 and 123.
While Rahul, who has scored 91, 5, 61, 4, 60 instead of 19 so far, is their most successful batsman this season. He will again be expected to ensure a stable start for his country with the willow.
Mayank Agrawal is guilty of wasting his starts by banning a game Chris Gale has made only two good results in six races.
The dynamic Nicholas Puran has at least a terrible season. The rocking West Indian has managed only 28 tracks in the five innings, which includes three ducks. His highest was 19 against KKR. The team can replace him with the world’s leading T20 batsman, Englishman David Malan.
With not enough running on board against KKR, the Punjab bondlists couldn’t do much. But the bowling alley lacks aggression. He failed to defend 195 against Delhi Capitals and almost lost the game to the Rajasthan Royals while defending 221, eventually winning four times.
On the other hand, RCB will be very confident after holding their nerves to break through the Delhi Capitals in one run. While Ab de Villiers was the one to deliver with the bat once again, the bowlers made a collective effort to give RCB their fifth win of the season.
RCB wadding is the heaviest and depends on the performance of They grow kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, de Villiers and the Australian station wagon Glenn Maxwell. It is good for the team that all four players performed well.
Rajat Patidar showed what he is capable of in the previous match, while Kyle Jamieson can also hit several in a row.
RCB’s bowling division is impressive, driven by the rhythm of Harshal Patel, Purple Cap owner and Mohamed Siraj. The latter did well to defend 14 of the final against DC, with the dangerous Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmeier in the middle.
Punjabi Kings: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gale, Mandyp Singh, Prabsimran Singh, Nicholas Puran (week), Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Huda, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpret Brar, Mohamed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Joy Richardson, Shahruk Khan, Riley Meredith, Moses Anrikes, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurab Kumar.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (W), Devdutt Padikkal, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, MS Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra sighed, Daniel Sams, Harshal Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohamed Azharuddin, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian, Suyash Prabhudesai, KS Barat, Finn Allen.
The match starts at 19.30.