Match – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings – 48th match
Venue – Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah.
Time – 3:30 PM IST, 10:00 AM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network, Hotstar
The pitch in Sharjah has been a tough one for batting. Run-making hasn’t been easy by any stretch of the imagination. The spinners are likely to make hay on the surface. Chasing should be the preferred option for teams.
Avg first innings score: 136 (4 matches in the IPL 2021 at Sharjah)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 1, Tied – 0
Probable Playing XIs:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, KS Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Dan Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson/George Garton, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Bench: Akash Deep, Tim David, Dushmantha Chameera, Pavan Deshpande, George Garton/Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Suyash Prabhudessai, Rajat Patidar, Wanindu Hasaranga
KL Rahul (C & WK), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Bench: Chris Jordan, Jalaj Saxena, Moises Henriques, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Prabhsimran Singh, Saurabh Kumar, Murugan Ashwin, Adil Rashid, Ishan Porel
Played – 27 | Royal Challengers Bangalore – 12 | Punjab Kings – 15 | N/R – 0
In the UAE
Played – 3 | Royal Challengers Bangalore – 0 | Punjab Kings – 3 | N/R – 0
Probable best batter of the match
KL Rahul— Punjab Kings
KL Rahul has extraordinary numbers against the Challengers in the IPL. In 10 matches, the right-hander has notched 462 runs at an average of 92.40 and a strike rate of 156.08. Last year, he also played an unbeaten 132-run knock against the same opposition with two fifties. In IPL 2021, Rahul has racked up 489 runs at an average of 54.33 and a strike rate of 130.74.
Probable best bowler of the match
Ravi Bishnoi– Punjab Kings
Ravi Bishnoi has been outstanding for the Kings on the ongoing edition of the IPL. In seven matches, the leg-spinner has picked up 11 wickets at an economy rate of 6.07. He has picked up wickets in the powerplay as well as in the middle overs. Bishnoi has good numbers against the Challengers, having picked up five wickets from 11 overs at an economy rate of 7.09.