IPL 2024, PBKS vs RCB: Probable Playing XI, Match Preview, Head to Head Record | Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru

May 9, 2024

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Punjab Kings (PBKS) will lock horns with Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in crucial Match 58 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 at the picturesque Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala on Thursday (May 9). This encounter holds immense significance as it essentially serves as a virtual knockout match for both sides. The losing team will join Mumbai Indians (MI) in the list of teams eliminated from contention in the ongoing 17th edition, while the victorious team will stay in the hunt for a coveted playoff spot.

PBKS vs RCB: Head to Head Record:

In the history of the IPL since its inception in 2008, PBKS and RCB have crossed paths 32 times.
Punjab holds the upper hand with 17 victories, while Bengaluru have secured 15 wins.
Nevertheless, in their recent encounters, Punjab has shown dominance with 3 wins out of the last 5 matches, leaving Bengaluru with two victories to show in their balance sheet.
At the Dharamsala Stadium, the contests have been in Punjab favour with them winning the sole contest played against RCB on this ground.

Punjab Kings (PBKS) Overview:

Punjab’s cricketing journey spanning 17 years has been defined by a notable absence of championship victories, with the elusive trophy remaining beyond their grasp. This season commenced without much fanfare surrounding their performance. However, recent matches have seen a remarkable resurgence, showcasing the team’s true potential across all aspects of the game, be it batting, bowling, or fielding. Despite their resurgence, a noteworthy observation is their struggle to secure victories on home turf. With minimal success at their home ground in Mullanpur, where they managed to win only one out of five matches, and a defeat against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at their new venue in Dharamsala, Punjab will aim to rectify their home record by clinching a crucial win against RCB.

PBKS’s probable playing for the IPL 2024 game against RCB:

Prabhsimran Singh
Jonny Bairstow
Rilee Rossouw
Shashank Singh
Sam Curran
Ashutosh Sharma
Jitesh Sharma
Harpreet Brar
Rahul Chahar
Kagiso Rabada
Arshdeep Singh

Squad Characteristics:

At the helm of the batting lineup, Prabhsimran and Bairstow ignite explosive starts, setting the stage with their aggressive stroke play. Steadying the ship in the middle order, Rossouw and Shashank offer a blend of stability and firepower, anchoring the innings with their composed approach. Adding a layer of versatility, Curran’s all-round prowess lends balance to the team, capable of making impactful contributions with both bat and ball. In the lower order, Ashutosh and Jitesh inject vitality, adept at accelerating the scoring rate when needed.

In the bowling department, Brar and Chahar pose formidable spin threats, bamboozling opponents with their array of variations and guile. Spearheading the pace attack, Rabada unleashes express pace and lethal yorkers, striking fear into the hearts of opposition batters. Providing valuable support, Arshdeep’s seam bowling adds an extra dimension, adding pressure with his accuracy and ability to extract movement off the pitch.

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Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) Overview:

In a season marked by ups and downs, Bengaluru now stands on the cusp of strength as they gear up to take on Punjab. After weathering a challenging phase of six successive losses, RCB orchestrated a remarkable resurgence, stringing together three consecutive victories against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Gujarat Titans, and then repeating their triumph over Gujarat. Now, riding high on this wave of momentum, they approach the upcoming match with a newfound sense of confidence. Determined to maintain their winning streak, Bengaluru is laser-focused on clinching victories in all remaining matches, fueling their aspirations for a coveted playoff spot.

RCB’s probable playing XI for the IPL 2024 clash against PBKS:

Virat Kohli
Faf du Plessis
Will Jacks
Glenn Maxwell
Rajat Patidar
Cameron Green
Dinesh Karthik
Karn Sharma
Swapnil Singh
Vyshak Vijaykumar
Mohammad Siraj

A closure look:

At the helm of the batting order, Kohli and Du Plessis bring a wealth of experience and stability, anchoring the team’s innings with their seasoned approach. Complementing them, Jacks and Maxwell inject a dose of firepower and aggression, keeping the opposition on their toes with their dynamic stroke play. As the innings progress, Patidar and Green fortify the middle order, showcasing consistency and resilience with their dependable performances. Adding a finishing touch to the lineup, Karthik’s adeptness at closing out innings provides valuable depth and flexibility.

In the bowling arsenal, Karn and Swapnil offer formidable spin options, bamboozling batters with their variations and guile. Leading the pace attack, Vijaykumar and Siraj emerge as potent weapons, leveraging their ability to swing the ball and claim crucial wickets at pivotal moments. With this well-rounded combination of talent and depth, the team boasts a balanced squad poised to compete fiercely in the IPL arena.

Also READ: IPL 2024: Meet the wives and girlfriends of Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) players

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