Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are just one victory away from qualifying for the IPL playoffs. This is a rollercoaster ride for RCB this season and they may have a hard time getting ahead in the half stage. However, with two consecutive wins over Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals, RCB’s chances have brightened.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB will take on Punjab Kings in Sharjah, where the pitches are slow. It will be interesting to see if Team ThinkTank Sri Lanka will add another leg in the form of Vanindu Hasaranga.
With some big names in the RCB batting lineup it is not always a big issue. It has all the big names in its arsenal. With some stability at wicketkeeper-batsman Sreekar Bharat No.3, RCB has a balance with Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell, Ab de Villiers completing the top and middle order.
Australian medium pacer Dan Christian played his last game against Rajasthan Royals, but Sharjah has seen low scoring games in the past with slow bowlers taking charge. This is where Hasaranga can push his case.
With George Gorton, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammad Siraj playing their part with the ball with two recent consecutive wins, RCB may not want to change this lineup.
Kings of Punjab
Young all-rounder Shahrukh Khan played a perfect guest role against Punjab KKR. They need to win all their games from here on out to be on the hunt to qualify for the playoffs.
KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Nicholas Pooran are in good touch. Aiden Makram was 42 against Mumbai, and the Punjab Kings were able to score well, hoping he would continue to score more runs.
Fabian Allen, the lone all-rounder who played the last game.
With Mohammad Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshadeep Singh and Nathan Ellis, the Punjab bowling attack looks consistent.