Royal Challengers Bangalore seem to have one leg in the playoffs already with 14 points from 11 games. They need one more victory to be assured of a berth in the next round. But there’s still a possibility that they could end up with a place in the top three.
The struggle for Punjab Kings is still on. They seem to be going in the same direction every year. The franchise plays well throughout the season but loses close games. In the end, they narrowly missed out on a playoff spot. This season too, they have been going as per the same script. But KL Rahul and his men would hope for a change in fortune to finally qualify for the playoffs.
RCB vs PBKS Dream11: Squads of both teams
Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad:
Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Washington Sundar, AB de Villiers, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Srikar Bharat, Adam Zampa, Harshal Patel, Kane Richardson, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Finn Allen, Pavan Deshpande, Rajat Patidar, Sachin Baby, Suyash Prabhudessai, Virat Kohli, Dan Christian, Daniel Sams
Punjab Kings Squad:
KL Rahul, Nicholas Pooran, Prabhsimran Singh, Arshdeep Singh, Chris Jordan, Darshan Nalkande, Ishan Porel, Jhye Richardson, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Riley Meredith, Saurabh Kumar, Chris Gayle, Dawid Malan, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Harpreet Brar, Jalaj Saxena, Moises Henriques, Utkarsh Singh
RCB vs PBKS Ground Details
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Pitch Report: The match between RCB and PBKS is scheduled to be played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah. Here, there has been no clear trend of the teams winning by batting first or by chasing. The pitch is expected to be slow and the spinners will get a fine purchase. The average score on this venue is 170, and the bowlers need to be wary of their lengths.
Brief score of the last result at the venue: Chennai Super Kings 139/4 won by 6 wickets against Sunrisers Hyderabad 134/7 in Indian Premier League 2021.
RCB vs PBKS Dream 11 Prediction for IPL 2021 Match 48
Captain & Vice-Captain For RCB vs PBKS
On the Sharjah pitch, the best time to bat is against the new ball. The batting gets difficult as the ball gets old. So, the openers would be batting while the conditions are at their best. The likes of Devdutt Padikkal and KL Rahul become crucial in such a scenario.
Wicket Keeper For Today RCB vs PBKS
KL Rahul has been in top form once again. He is a better choice as the wicketkeeper-batsman for this game given he bats against the new ball.
All-Rounders For Today RCB vs PBKS
RCB have three quality all-rounders who have done well of late. The likes of Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell and Shahbaz Ahmed, all put in decent performances in the team’s last victory.
Batsmen For Today RCB vs PBKS
Virat Kohli and Mayank Agarwal open the innings for their respective teams. Just like Rahul and Padikkal, these two also have a great chance of making an impact. Shahrukh Khan, after his match-winning knock in the end, surely won’t be dropped again this season.
Bowlers For Today RCB vs PBKS
Harshal Patel continues to pick wickets at a rate of knots, courtesy of which he is the proud owner of the Purple Cap for quite some time now. Arshdeep Singh has been impressive with his skills to bowl at the death. Ravi Bishnoi would be the most crucial spinner for PBKS on the Sharjah pitch.
RCB vs PBKS Dream11: Probable Playing 11
Virat Kohli (c)
Srikar Bharat (wk)
AB de Villiers
PBKS Probable Playing 11
KL Rahul (c & wk)
Deepak Hooda/ Harpreet Brar
Dream 11 Team for IPL Match 48 RCB vs PBKS
Captain: Devdutt Padikkal
Vice-Captain: KL Rahul
Wicketkeeper: KL Rahul
Batsmen: Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal, Shahrukh Khan, Devdutt Padikkal
All-Rounders: Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed
Bowlers: Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi