RCB vs PBKS IPL 2021 Preview: 3rd Oct - Do or die for Punjab against third-placed Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore just need to win one more from their remaining three matches to qualify for the playoffs.
Punjab can't afford to lose
The team is currently placed at the third spot with 7 wins. Punjab Kings, on the other hand, can not afford a blip. They need to win both the remaining matches in order to remain in contention for the playoffs.
The team managed to win by the skin of their teeth in their last encounter against Kolkata Knight Riders. Punjab were slow to get off the blocks as Kolkata Knight Riders were brilliant to begin with.
Shami, Arshdeep and Bishnoi bowling well
However, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh and Ravi Bishnoi pulled things back in Punjab's favour, restricting Kolkata to an almost par total of 165 on a good batting surface in Dubai.
In reply, as it always happens, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal got off to a good start, adding 70 within the first 9 oves. Even after Agarwal's dismissal, Rahul did not step up his run-scoring and decided to play anchor.
As it turned out, Punjab found themselves in a pickle especially after Rahul was dismissed in the last over. It was courtesy of some fine hitting from Shahrukh Khan who justified his comeback in the side with an unbeaten 22 off 9 deliveries as Punjab were successful in earning the crucial two points.
There were a few changes in the Punjab XI for the game. After Chris Gayle left the bubble due to fatigue, Fabian Allen was included in his place. Shahrukh Khan came into the line up in place of Harpreet Brar and showed what he is capable of lower down the order.
Mayank Agarwal recovered from his stiff back and took his rightful place in the side. Punjab are not expected to make any changes in their XI for this match.
Sluggish Sharjah surface ideal for Chahal, Patel
Kohli's Bangalore have been haphazard with their team changes but have still managed to remain on track. The team handed George Garton his IPL debut in the last match in place of Kyle Jamieson who had been struggling in the second half. Garton did alright, conceding 30 runs and picking up one wicket from his 3 overs and might retain his place.
Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal have been bowling well for RCB. The good news for RCB is that Patel's off-cutters and Chahal's slow leg spinners will find assistance from the sluggish Sharjah surface.
Predicted playing XIs
Royal Challengers Bangalore - Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Dan Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, George Garton, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal
Punjab Kings - KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi
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