Punjab Kings should play out of their skins to get their stuttering marketing campaign again on observe after they face a high-flying Royal Challengers Bangalore within the Indian Premier League on Friday. Smarting from a five-wicket defeat by the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders, it won’t be a straightforward job for a struggling Punjab facet to face as much as the problem thrown by a RCB crew, which has been firing on all cylinders. Following 4 losses and two wins, Punjab are at present positioned sixth within the league desk with 4 factors, whereas RCB are second with 10 factors from 5 wins, solely behind Chennai Tremendous Kings on internet run charge.
Aside from the only real loss in opposition to CSK, RCB have emerged as robust contenders for a maiden IPL title, with lots of their gamers placing type because the event progresses.
Punjab’s inconsistent batting has been a letdown thus far. Of their six video games, the KL Rahul-led facet have gone on to make the three low totals batting first — 106, 120 and 123.
Whereas Rahul, who has scored 91, 5, 61, 4, 60 not out and 19 thus far, has been their most profitable batsman this season.
He’ll as soon as once more be anticipated to offer his facet with a strong begin with the willow.
Mayank Agrawal has been responsible of losing his begins barring one recreation whereas Chris Gayle has made solely two good scores in six outings.
The dynamic Nicholas Pooran is having a woeful season to say the least. The swashbuckling West Indian has managed simply 28 runs within the 5 innings which incorporates three geese. His highest was 19 in opposition to KKR.
The crew may substitute him with the premier T20 batsman on the earth, England’s Dawid Malan.
With not sufficient runs on the board in opposition to KKR, the Punjab bowlers couldn’t do a lot. However the bowling unit has lacked aggression.
It was unable to defend 195 in opposition to Delhi Capitals and virtually conceded the sport to Rajasthan Royals whereas defending 221, pulling out a four-run victory in the long run.
Alternatively, RCB might be excessive on confidence after they held their nerves to pip Delhi Capitals by one-run.
Whereas it was AB de Villiers who delivered as soon as once more with the bat, the bowlers put up a collective effort to present RCB their fifth win of the season.
The RCB batting is prime heavy and reliant on the performances of Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, de Villiers and Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell.
It augers effectively for the crew that each one 4 gamers have carried out effectively. Rajat Patidar confirmed what he’s able to within the earlier match whereas Kyle Jamieson may also hit a number of down the order.
The RCB bowling division has been spectacular led by pacers Harshal Patel, the Purple Cap holder, and Mohammed Siraj.
The latter did effectively to defend 14 of the ultimate over in opposition to DC, with the damaging Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer within the center.
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Prabsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (W), Devdutt Padikkal, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, MS Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Daniel Sams, Harshal Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Child, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian, Suyash Prabhudessai, Ok S Bharat, Finn Allen.
Match begins at 7.30 PM.