RCB vs PBKS: Royal Challengers Bangalore is all set to lock horns with Punjab Kings in a thrilling clash, which is scheduled to start at 3:30 PM IST at Mohali. This will be for the first time in the ongoing 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League that both the teams — RCB and PBKS will be taking on each other. This is the third match at IPS Bindra Stadium, PBKS has won 1 & lost 1 at this venue.
RCB is coming to this game after suffering defeat in two back-to-back games and is sitting in the 8th position in the points table with 2 wins from 5 matches. RCB needs someone in the middle order like Dinesh Karthik to take responsibility in the crunch moments in the game. On the other hand, Punjab is coming off a close win defeating the Lucknow side in an away game.
PBKS won the toss and opted to bowl first
PBKS stand-in skipper Sam Curran won the toss and opted to bowl first. Sam revealed the reason why Shikhar Dhawan isn’t playing. He said:
“We will bowl first, did well in the last game and we’ll take some confidence, conditions will not change a lot. Shikhar is getting closer, but he’ll miss out today. He’s a quality player, but the younger lot will have to shape up, Liam Livingstone is back and we have Nathan Ellis back in place of KG Rabada,”
RCB stand-in skipper Virat Kohli stated that Faf du Plessis would play as an impact player and won’t take on the field because of an injury. He said:
“Faf potentially can’t be fielding today, so he will be playing as an impact player , switching with Vyshak. We got to do what we wanted, we would have batted first, the pitch could get slow, some scruff marks will help the bowlers going deep into the game. Taking one game at a time, focusing on our own game, make the most of crunch situations, we haven’t done that so far in the tournament. No other changes for us.”
RCB vs PBKS: Playing XI And Impact Player List Of Both The Teams
Punjab Kings XI: Atharva Taide, Harpreet Bhatia, Matthew Short, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Sam Curran (c), Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh
PBKS’ subs: Prabhsimran Singh, Sikandar Raza, Mohit Rathee, Rishi Dhawan, Shivam Singh
Royal Challengers Bangalore XI: Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli (c), Mahipal Lomror, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Suyash Prabhudessai, Wayne Parnell, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj
RCB’s subs: Vijaykumar Vyshak, David Willey, Akash Deep, Karn Sharma, Anuj Rawat