Punjab Kings (PBKS) will now face Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 26th match of the IPL 2021 at Narendra Modi Stadium (Motera, Ahmedabad).
It will be the seventh match for PBKS in this IPL 2021 who have earned 4 points. While they beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Mumbai Indians (MI), they lost against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Delhi Capitals (DC), SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
IPL 2021, Match 26: PBKS vs RCB – PBKS Predicted Playing XI
KL Rahul (C & wk)
Captain KL Rahul is in strong form with the bat as he has scored 240 runs in six games of this IPL 2021 with the help of three half-centuries. PBKS batting line-up is highly dependent on his batting as their batting faced disaster when Rahul was dismissed cheaply.
After a weak start in this IPL 2021, opener Mayank Agarwal has now improved his batting performances. In the last four matches, Mayank scored 69, 22, 25 and 31 runs respectively.
Caribbean superstar Chris Gayle has scored two 40s in this IPL 2021 and both those knocks were proved as the match-winning for his team. While he scored 40 off 28 balls against Rajasthan Royals in their tournament opener, he also scored 43 not out against Mumbai Indians. However, he is not consistent enough yet.
While Caribbean cricketer Nicholas Pooran has hugely disappointed, England cricketer Dawid Malan can replace him for the upcoming game, who is the no.1-ranked T20I batsman. While Dawid Malan hasn’t made his IPL debut yet, he recently featured in the limited-overs series against the hosts India just before the ongoing IPL 2021, where he impressed with his late performances.
Though Shahrukh Khan has got limited opportunities in this IPL 2021, he has mostly proved himself as a useful cricketer for PBKS. While he scored 47 runs against CSK, he also played some crucial cameos in the other matches. Apart from aggressive batting, he can also play responsible knock.
In their first game of this IPL 2021 against Rajasthan Royals, Deepak Hooda smashed 64 runs off 28 balls with the help of 4 fours and 6 sixes. But then, he mostly struggled in other opportunities of this tournament. He has to improve his batting performances. He has also taken two wickets in this IPL season.
Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques has played three matches in this IPL 2021 but he has mostly got limited opportunities, where he hasn’t impressed with his bat yet. He should be utilised in a better way as Henriques is an effective all-rounder who also has some good IPL experiences.
In his first game of this IPL 2021, the leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi stopped the Mumbai Indians batsmen. He was also economical in his next game as he has picked up two wickets in two games of this season. The youngster performed consistently in recent domestic cricket matches.
The right-arm pacer Mohammed Shami has taken 7 wickets in six matches of this IPL 2021. He has to perform powerfully to handle this bowling line-up as his strong performance can help the other bowlers of this team to grow up.
England pacer Chris Jordan has played only one match in this IPL 2021, which was the previous game for PBKS against KKR. In that game, Jordan had bowling figures of 3-0-24-0. He is a strong bowler in the death overs.
Arshdeep Singh has impressed in the early period of the IPL 2021. He has picked up 7 wickets in six games of this IPL season. The youngster is providing good support to Mohammed Shami as he is consistent enough.