The 3rd encounter in the 15th edition of the IPL 2022 will be between Punjab Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Both teams have new faces in the leadership role. This season, Mayank Agrawal & Faf Du Plessis will be the casting artist for their respective franchises. Both teams have met up 28 times in the IPL, as PBKS stayed up dominant with 15 wins, and Bangalore succeeded in 13 games. RCB fans have the habit of watching Virat Kohli at the top position, but this time they have to please their eyes with the captaincy of Faf du Plessis.
While on the other hand, Mayank Agrawal doesn’t have such experience as a captain, but he will look to spell his magic. Both teams have staggered batsmen on their side, but all the eyes will be on the ruthless batting of Virat Kohli, Liam Livingston, and Shikhar Dhawan. The bowling of RCB is so high in quality, having miser pacers like Harshal Patel & Mohammad Siraj on their side to restrict PBKS batters. So, here is a complete list of predictions for this encounter.
Predictions for RCB vs PBKS match
The absence of Glenn Maxwell & Josh Hazlewood has heavily dented RCB. But, this will be the contest between RCB’s bowling and the Indian pedigree batting of Punjab. Kagiso Rabada is not available for the first match so that ultimately increases the responsibility of Arshdeep Singh & Odean Smith. In the context of the game, batting becomes a favorable factor. But the spin department of both teams could also improvise the bounce & turn of the pitch. If the dew doesn’t come in a hefty manner, then the team batting first has a good chance of winning.
Probable Playing XI of Both Teams
The absence of many big names has made the choices of playing XI’s so tricky. Fast bowlers won’t get a lot from the seam or swing of the ball. So they have to use the slower deliveries to create an impact. But quality spinners like Rahul Chahar & Wanindu Hasaranga can take full advantage of the turn & bounce.
Playing XI for RCB: Faf du Plessis(C/✈️), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Sherfane Rutherford(✈️), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Mahipal Lomror, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga(1✈️), Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, David Willey(✈️), Karn Sharma
Playing XI for PBKS: Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal (C), Bhanuka Rajapaksa(✈️), Liam Livingstone(✈️), Shahrukh Khan, Prabhsimran Singh (wk), Odean Smith(✈️), Rishi Dhawan, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Nathan Ellis(✈️)
Pitch Report of DY Patil Stadium
All three venues in Mumbai city are very much similar in the character of their pitch. DY Patil has a typical Maharashtrian red soil surface which offers a decent bounce to bowlers and batters. The raw pacers and spinners can exploit it totally, with its slow nature and bouncy surface. The game will start at 7:30 pm(IST), so dew could play its own game during the match.
Weather Forecast on the Match Day
During the clash, the weather will play a crucial role; the temperature will be at 34° maximum and 29° minimum. The humidity will lash out at 68%, and the clouds will be totally clear. As Mumbai city is on the bank of a sea, the dew factor automatically becomes an obligation in the night games.
Fantasy Tips for PBKS vs RCB
The spinners, especially Wanindu Hasaranga & Rahul Chahar, would be at their best, so they should be inducted in the majority in fantasy 11.
Batters, who are in good form & can maneuver the spin very well like Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli & Shikhar Dhawan, must be at the top in the XI.
Alongside, pacers like Harshal Patel & Arshdeep Singh, who can adequately use the change of pace deliveries, should be included.
The novice & naive names like Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Anuj Rawat, and Shahrukh Khan would find it difficult to cope with the conditions which makes them evitable.
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