Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are ready to face Punjab Kings (PBKS) in their seventh match of this IPL 2021 this Friday (30th April) night at Narendra Modi Stadium (Motera, Ahmedabad).
RCB are one of the most in-form sides in this IPL 2021 who have already earned 10 points after their six matches. While they beat Mumbai Indians (MI), SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Delhi Capitals (DC), only Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have managed to beat them in this IPL season yet.
IPL 2021, Match 26: PBKS vs RCB – RCB Predicted Playing XI
Virat Kohli (C)
Though in the last two matches, RCB captain Virat Kohli was dismissed cheaply, he is in good form at present. In this IPL 2021, Kohli has scored 163 runs in six matches with the help of one half-century. Even in the tough batting pitch in Chennai, opening batsman Kohli played some strong roles.
Another opening batsman Devdutt Padikkal is currently in good form with the bat. He has scored 188 in five innings of this IPL 2021, while he has scored one dominating century against Rajasthan Royals (101*).
Rajat Patidar has played three matches in this IPL 2021. After scoring 8 and 1 runs in his first two games of this season, Patidar scored crucial 31 runs in their last game against Delhi Capitals. Before this IPL 2021, he was also in good batting form in domestic cricket.
AB de Villiers (wk)
South African cricketer AB de Villiers is currently in outstanding form with the bat as he has already played three match-winning knocks. After playing five innings in this IPL 2021, this RCB star has scored 204 runs. After scoring 48 runs against Mumbai Indians in this tournament opener, De Villiers also scored 76 not out off 34 balls and 75 not out off 42 balls against KKR and Delhi Capitals respectively.
Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell is performing consistently with the bat for RCB in this IPL 2021. The leading run-scorer for the RCB in this season has scored 223 runs in six innings with the help of two consecutive half-centuries.
Washington Sundar has picked up 3 wickets in six matches of this IPL 2021. He was also sent to the top of the batting order, but it didn’t work for RCB. Sundar has been utilised in a limited way, however, he is now getting more opportunity to bowl.
Australian all-rounder Daniel Sams played the previous game which was his debut match for the RCB. In that match against Delhi Capitals, Sams had bowling figures of 2-0-15-0. Apart from his effective left-arm pace bowling, Sams is now also a confident lower-order batsman.
New Zealand cricketer Kyle Jamieson has bowled in this IPL 2021 very well as he has taken 7 wickets in six games. Though he has bowled some expensive overs, Jamieson has also taken some crucial wickets and built up some pressure in the opposition batting line-up.
Harshal Patel is in outstanding form with the ball in hand as the Purple Cap holder has already picked up 17 wickets in six games of this IPL 2021. Apart from CSK cricketer Ravindra Jadeja’s game-changing 37 runs in the final over of the innings, Harshal is mostly unstoppable.
While Mohammed Siraj has picked up 6 wickets in six games of this IPL 2021, he is also playing a very important role in this RCB bowling line-up. His IPL 2021 economy rate is 7.26 as he is handling the new ball in a very controlled way.
While the leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is currently struggling to pick up wickets, RCB are utilising him in some limited way. Chahal has taken 3 wickets in six matches of this IPL 2021. However, he has shown some improvement in his game in recent times.