The IPL 2023 is in full swing, and as we head into the 27th match of the season, the Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Punjab Kings at Punjab Cricket Association in Mohali. Both teams have had a mixed season so far, and this game (RCB Vs. PBKS) will be crucial going forward.
Updates From The Camp Of PBKS
Shikhar Dhawan, who missed out on the last PBKS game due to a minor injury, is still not confirmed to play the game against RCB. On the other hand, Liam Livingstone arrived in India almost a week ago but has yet to play a game for PBKS since he pulled a muscle while batting in the nets. There has been no confirmation about the availability of Livingstone for the match against RCB.
The opening duo of RCB is in superb form, Kohli has scored 220 runs in five matches so far, and Faf, the leading run-scorer of the competition, has scored 259 runs. Glenn Maxwell also played brilliantly in the last game, scoring 76(36) while chasing 227 against CSK. As far as bowling is concerned, David Willey and Siraj have been breathing fire.
Shikhar Dhawan has been outstanding for the PBKS, scoring 233 runs in just four games, while Sam Curran and Arshdeep Singh have also been excellent. The most exciting aspect of the PBKS team has been its young players, who have stepped up in almost every game.
Punjab Kings currently hold fifth place in the points table with six points. At the same time, RCB finds themselves at the eighth position with four points. A win for either team in this match could be crucial in their quest for a playoff spot.
Toss And Home Advantage
The toss could be crucial in this match, especially since it will be played at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, giving Punjab Kings a home advantage. There is also a chance of rain in the match, and the weather will also be warm, so the team winning the toss will surely opt to bat first, as chasing will be difficult if rain comes into play. Let’s look at the IPL stats in the PCA Stadium.
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RCB Vs. PBKS Head-To-Head Record
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RCB Vs. PBKS Playing XI And Impact Players
Punjab Kings will likely go with the same playing XI unless Dhawan and Livingstone make a comeback. In that case, Dhawan will probably replace Atharva Taide, and Livingstone will probably replace Mathew Short.
PBKS Top 3 Impact Player Options: Prabhsimran Singh, Nathan Ellis, and Mathew Short.
RCB will likely make one change; Suyash Prabhudessai might replace Mahipal Lomror. RCB’s middle order looks weak, and Suyash could bring that much-needed balance to their middle order.
RCB Top 3 Impact Player Options: Akash Deep, Anuj Rawat, and Shahbaz Ahmed.
RCB Vs. PBKS Dream XI Prediction
Batters: Virat Kohli (C), Faf Du Plessis, and Sarfaraz Khan
Wicket-Keeper: Dinesh Karthik
All-Rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Sam Curran, Hasaranga, and Sikandar Raza
Bowlers: Rabada, Arshdeep Singh, and Siraj