Punjab Kings pulled off a thrilling last-over win against Lucknow Supergiants in the absence of their regular skipper and top run-scorer of IPL 2023, but the franchise will be eagerly waiting for positive news on the fitness of the opener. who did not play in the competition. due to shoulder injury
PBKS, heavily dependent on Dhawan at the top of the order, will be playing at home but will be up against a formidable batting line-up when they take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Mohali on Thursday.
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PBKS will be encouraged to see players like Sikandar Raza, Harpreet Singh, Matthew Short and Shah Rukh Khan stepping up if needed. And they will be targeting another team’s performance against RCB, a team that is a bigger threat on paper than LSG, and all-rounder Sam Curran will know that he will also have to party with the bat if he is to beat Faf du Plessis. I have to come. Earn two points on the side and at home.
What: pbks vs rcb
When: April 20, 2023 (Thursday)
Where: PCA Stadium, Mohali
start time: 3:30 PM IST
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Curran’s poor form with the bat has been a concern as he managed just six runs against the LSG, though his three wickets played a key role in restricting KL Rahul’s side to 159/8.
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PBKS’ top-order looks solid when Dhawan is around, but with question marks over his fitness, his opening partner Prabhsimran Singh will have to play sensibly and also hope that his partner plays a responsible knock, which is enough for the LSG. Against was missing.
Prabhsimran (4) and their new opener Atharva Tayde (0) both got out cheaply, giving others a chance to take over.
PBKS’ bowling, however, has been their toughest test this season with their two left-handers Arshdeep Singh and Curran, while South African pacer Kagiso Rabada has only added to the potential.
While PBKS, currently placed fifth with six points from five, have been performing at an optimum level as the IPL season is set to enter its fourth languor, the only thing stopping them from making it to the top is Yes, it is his brittle batting that has more often than not been sidelined by Dhawan – his 99 against Sunrisers Hyderabad being a case in point.
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In contrast, RCB have been unlucky in terms of winning. Skipper Du Plessis and Virat Kohli open the innings, leaving Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler for Rajasthan Royals, they have perhaps the best opening pair in the tournament.
With Glenn Maxwell coming in at No.4 and the Aussies in Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik and Suyash Prabhudesai, RCB’s batting line-up is really deep. But their biggest flaw, unfortunately, is the same as PBKS – an inconsistent top order.
With the cheap dismissals of Kohli (6) and Mahipal Lomror (0) against CSK, the responsibility of rebuilding the innings fell on the shoulders of du Plessis and Maxwell, chasing CSK’s mammoth 226. He performed exceptionally well for one wicket in Bengaluru but the team lost by eight runs.
Unfortunately, the close loss has left RCB on the back seat in the IPL table – they are eighth with four points from five matches. The side still has many opportunities to raise its game and be in contention for the playoffs, but in a fast-paced tournament like the IPL, things change dramatically.
RCB may not have as much firepower in their bowling as PBKS, but their pacemen—Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel and South African Wayne Parnell—are not lacking in commitment.
They just need a few morale-boosting wins to boost their morale and get their campaign back on track. It may come up against PBKS on Thursday.
Punjab Kings: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Arshdeep Singh, Baltej Singh, Rahul Chahar, Sam Curran, Rishi Dhawan, Nathan Ellis, Gurnoor Brar, Harpreet Brar, Harpreet Singh, Vidwath Kaverappa, Liam Livingstone, Mohit Rathee, Prabhsimran Singh, Kagiso Rabada, Bhanuka Rajapaksa , M Shahrukh Khan, Jitesh Sharma, Shivam Singh, Matthew Short, Sikandar Raza, Atharva Taide.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Faf du Plessis (c), Akash Deep, Finn Allen, Anuj Rawat, Avinash Singh, Manoj Bhandage, Michael Bracewell, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dinesh Karthik, Siddarth Kaul, Virat Kohli, Mahipal Lomror, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Siraj, Wayne Parnell, Harshal Patel, Suyash Prabhudessai, Rajan Kumar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Karn Sharma, Himanshu Sharma, Sonu Yadav, Vijaykumar Vyshak, David Willey
with PTI inputs