Wednesday, January 26, 2022

IPL 2021 Phase Two: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings Match Preview, Prediction and Fantasy XI

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Today’s first fixture of the doubleheader of phase two of IPL 2021 will be between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Punjab Kings. This match will take place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium at 3:30 pm IST. RCB are only one win away from qualifying in the playoffs meanwhile PBKS need to win all their games. As a result, with the race to playoffs heating, this match will be very exciting for fans around the globe.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore

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RCB are coming on the back of an impressive win over Rajasthan. The Bangalore bowlers bowled extremely well in the death overs and the batsman flawlessly chased the target of 150. With their lineup looking settled, they will likely not make any changes for this PBKS game.

Punjab Kings

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Punjab Kings are back to winning ways as they pulled of a great chase against Kolkata Knight Riders in the last game. Valuable contributions by Agarwal and KL Rahul helped them chase this big total. They will be happy after the emergence of Shahrukh Khan who finished the chase in swashbuckling manner. The only concern for the PBKS team will be their middle order because they collapsed once again.

Prediction for the IPL 2021 Match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Punjab Kings

RCB will have an upper hand in this contest as all their players are performing extremely well. Whereas Punjab Kings have not been consistent throughout this phase of the tournament. Therefore it is expected that Royal Challengers Bangalore will pick up the win against Punjab Kings today.

Fantasy XI

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Harshal Patel 9.5 Cr Captain

Harshal Patel is at the top of this lineup because the fast bowler has displayed amazing bowling performances in the last few games. The current purple cap holder has picked up 9 wickets in the last three games and is on the verge of creating a record of becoming the player with most wickets in an IPL season. As a result, he will the captain for today’s game.

KL Rahul 11 Cr Vice captain

KL Rahul has been the most vital player for Punjab Kings and his knock of 67 against RR is an example of that. Therefore the Punjab captain is expected to deliver a similar kind of performance against his former franchise today. Hence I have selected him as the vice-captain for today’s game.

K Srikar Bharat 8.5 Cr

Srikar Bharat has played smartly and scored good amount of runs for Bangalore in this phase of IPL 2021. Coming to bat at number three, Bharat provides great value for his cost.

Glenn Maxwell 10 Cr

Glenn Maxwell played maturely in the beginning before blasting his way through a well made 50 against RR. Therefore the Aussie all rounder’s new style will come in handy on a slow pitch at Sharjah against Punjab today.

Arshdeep Singh 8.5 Cr

Arshdeep Singh was brilliant in the last game as he picked up three big wickets of KKR. He has been Punjab’s best bowler during the UAE phase and with the Sharjah pitch assisting bowlers one can expect him to deliver the goods once again.

Yuzvendra Chahal 9 Cr

Chahal has been Virat’s go to bowler and the leg spinner has returned to top form during this phase of IPL 2021. Hence his contribution will be vital in today’s fixture against Punjab Kings.

Devdutt Paddikal 9 Cr

Paddikal has been crucial alongside Kohli at the top for RCB this season. With the pitch slowing down after the power play, the opener’s aggressive stroke play makes him a viable option in any fantasy XI.

Ravi Bishnoi 8.5 Cr

Ravi Bishnoi has played very well in every game for Punjab Kings this season and his role will be very important in today’s match as well. Owing to the fact that Rcb’s top five have four right handed batsmen and the pitch assists spinners. Therefore Bishnoi will be at the forefront of the PBKS attack.

Aiden Markram 8.5 Cr

Despite not scoring big, Aiden Markram has consistently played the knocks of 25-30 runs for PBKS. As a result, he is in this side because the South African is sure to give a good amount of points.

Mayank Agarwal 9.5 Cr

Mayank Agarwal displayed a top innings alongside KL Rahul in PBKS’ recent fixture against KKR. Therefore the opener can deliver a similar knock as the Bangalore bowlers have leaked runs in the power play this season.

Daniel Christian 8 Cr

Christian makes this lineup due to his good all around abilities. In addition to that he is a good budget player which makes him easier to place in thos fantasy Xi.


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