The 60th match of the IPL 2022 will witness a clash between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Punjab Kings at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. The fact that RCB has not played up to the mark, but is still on the verge of qualifying with seven victories from 12 matches must be terrifying for the other teams.
In their most recent encounter, RCB cruised to a 67-run victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad, improving their net run rate. Faf du Plessis has been doing a fantastic job in his own calm style. While Glenn Maxwell has been making great cameos, Dinesh Karthik has produced some match-defining innings contributing to the team’s victory. Karthik wowed the crowd with an undefeated 8-ball 30 in the previous match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Though he was out of form for a brief time, he bounced back to hit the match-winning shots for RCB. While Virat Kohli’s form remains to be a matter of concern, the remaining batters from the team have more than compensated. Rajat Patidar’s acquisition has strengthened their batting line-up. After a few tough games, Wanindu Hasaranga has regained his form as he returned with the figures of 5/18 against SRH.
Punjab Kings have been struggling in the tournament as well. With just five victories from 11 games, their playoff dream keeps blurring with every loss as they are placed at the eighth place in the points table. Even after posting a good total on board in ther past game, they were unable to defend against the Rajasthan Royals.
The last time that these two teams faced each other, du Plessis, Kohli, and Karthik had played brilliantly, but finishing touches from Odean Smith helped PBKS chase down a big target early in the game. With PBKS needing to win all the remaining fixtures by good margins to qualify for the playoffs, RCB will surely look for their revenge and put curtains on PBKS’ campaign.
Pitch and conditions
A high-scoring game awaits with little assistance available for the bowlers at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. Despite the pacers’ ability to swing the ball, the power-hitters will attempt to strike really quick. The spinners will have a tough time and will need to work hard on their skills to get the right line and lengths. The team winning the toss will look to bat first and post a high total.
Playing combinations for RCB vs PBKS
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The opening duo would look to take the game their way from the very first ball, and the team will also depend on Dinesh Karthik’s power-hitting prowess. Hasaranga will be expected to continue his form from the previous game while the pacers will need to keep their economy in check.
Predicted Playing XI: Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Mahipal Lomror, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood
Jonny Bairstow and Shikhar Dhawan will require to take their team off to a great start. Mayank Agarwal’s form has been on and off, thus Liam Livingstone will need to step up as the finisher once again.
Predicted Playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Mayank Agarwal (c), Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma
RCB vs PBKS head-to-head
Played- 29 | PBKS – 16 | RCB -13
RCB vs PBKS Broadcast Details
Match Timings – 07:30 PM IST
TV – Star Sports Network
Live Streaming – Disney+Hotstar