Punjab Kings (PBKS) will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Match 26 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, on Friday, 30 April. RCB’s only defeat of the campaign has come against Chennai Super Kings, while PBKS have won two and lost four matches they have played so far.
Punjab will be heading to this battle off a crushing defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders. A lot will hinge on KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal to provide them with an explosive start. Chris Gayle has blown hot and cold so far, and may make way for Dawid Malan. Chris Jordan will be facing a stiff contest with Jhye Richardson to retain his place.
RCB appears to be the most balanced squad of the tournament. They would not like to flirt with their winning combinations. AB de Villiers has been in a scintillating form. Mohammed Siraj and Harshal Patel will spearhead the pace attack for them. Yuzvendra Chahal has been a bit expensive and has not got too many wickets as well.
- Mayank has boasts an impressive record against Yuzvendra Chahal (56 runs in 27 balls). Mayank, Devdutt Padikkal and Glenn Maxwell are safe bets to have in your fantasy XI.
- Among the wicketkeepers, Rahul and de Villiers can be relied upon. De Villiers is in amazing form and Rahul is always a great choice for the fantasy team.
- Siraj and Harshal comfortably edge out the other pacers.
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Dawid Malan/Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Moises Henriques, Chris Jordan/Riley Meredith, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Washington Sundar, Daniel Sams, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj.
KL Rahul (c), Nicholas Pooran, AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Mayank Agarwal, Glenn Maxwell (vc), Deepak Hooda, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh