IPL 2021: PBKS vs RCB Preview – Struggling Punjab face high-flying Bangalore

After closing off a thriller against Delhi, Royal Challengers Bangalore will now take on the Punjab Kings on April 30. The two teams have had contrasting fortunes in this tournament so far. Punjab have won only two of their six matches in IPL 2021, while Bangalore have won five and lost only one.

Punjab is coming into this match after suffering a loss in the hands of the Kolkata Knight Riders in their first match of the Ahmedabad leg. Considering the numbers in this season of the IPL, one can call RCB as the overwhelming favourites, but it should be noted that their record against Punjab isn’t as good as they would have liked. In 26 matches so far, Punjab have won 14 while Bangalore have won only 12.

Match Info:

IPL 2021 Match 26- Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad

Time: 7:30 PM IST

Head to head:

Stat Attack:

KL Rahul is 113 runs away from completing 3000 runs in IPL.

AB de Villiers’ SR of 244.68 in death overs of IPL 2021 is the best amongst batsmen who have faced 20+ balls.

Team News:

Punjab Kings: Despite having two overseas pacers in Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson, Punjab preferred Chris Jordan in their XI. There is no denying that Chris Jordan as the fourth overseas player makes their side look slightly better. The Englishman is also good in the death overs, which is something quite valuable to this franchise. Moises Henriques and Nicholas Pooran are likely to continue in the XI, and so will Chris Gayle.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Daniel Sams came into the side in the previous match and despite bowling only two overs, he makes the RCB XI look like a much better unit. He should continue to take the spot as the fourth overseas player after AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell and Kyle Jamieson. Rajat Patidar was another candidate who entered the XI in the last match and after his knock of 31 runs at no. 3, he should also retain his place in the side, allowing the team to have a smooth transition from the openers to ABD and Maxwell. The rest of the side is unlikely to change.

Probable XI: