Today’s IPL Match: PBKS vs RCB Prediction, Head-to-Head, Dharamsala Pitch Report and Who Will Win?

Today’s IPL Match: PBKS vs RCB Prediction, Head-to-Head, Dharamsala Pitch Report and Who Will Win?
Today’s IPL Match: PBKS vs RCB Prediction, Head-to-Head, Dharamsala Pitch Report and Who Will Win?

The Indian Premier League 2024 is heading towards an exciting end with just 13 league games remaining in the season. With only one team out of the playoffs race so far, fans can expect riveting encounters in their remaining matches as nine teams battle it out for the top four spots. Two teams whose playoff chances are hanging by a loose thread namely RCB and PBKS will clash against each other in Match 58 on Thursday, May 09 at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala.

After winning just two games out of their first eight matches, Punjab have somehow kept their hopes alive with back-to-back wins against KKR and CSK in their ninth and tenth fixtures. However, they failed to beat the defending champions at their home in their second clash which put them in a precarious situation. They find themselves on the eighth spot on the points table with four wins from 11 matches having eight points to their names.

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On the other hand, RCB have also revived their campaign after six consecutive losses with a hat-trick of wins against SRH and GT. The Faf du Plessis-led side began their campaign with a six-wicket loss against southern rivals CSK but went on to win their second clash against PBKS. However, since then, their depleted bowling was badly exposed against some of the fiercest teams in the competition who gave them a run for their money. Courtesy of some heroic performances from individuals, RCB are still alive in the competition and will look to once again beat PBKS in a must-win encounter.

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PBKS vs RCB: Head to Head

RCB registered their first win of the ongoing season against PBKS in their second fixture. However, when it comes to historical record between the two sides, it’s the PBKS who have an upper hand having won 17 out of the 32 matches played between them.

PBKS vs RCB: Team News

Punjab have been missing the services of their captain Shikhar Dhawan who got ruled out after the fifth fixture of the season against SRH due to a shoulder injury. The southpaw will remain unavailable in the upcoming fixture as well. On the other hand, RCB have no injury concerns heading into the game and are likely to field the same playing XI as their last fixture.

PBKS vs RCB Pitch Report

There has been just one game played at the venue so far in the tournament where CSK beat PBKS by 28 runs. The surface seemed to be on the slower side as batters found it tough to score against the spinners in the middle overs. Seamers also mixed up their pace to take full advantage of the sluggish pitch. However, the upcoming fixture being a day-night affair, the pitch is expected to be a belter of a track for batters as has been the history in Dharamsala. Captain winning the toss will most likely look to bowl first as has been the trend this season.

PBKS vs RCB Predicted XI

PBKS Predicted XI

Jonny Bairstow, Rilee Rossouw, Shashank Singh, Sam Curran (c), Jitesh Sharma (wk), Ashutosh Sharma, Harpreet Brar, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh

Impact sub: Prabhsimran Singh

RCB Predicted XI

Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Glenn Maxwell, Will Jacks, Cameron Green, Dinesh Karthik, Karn Sharma, Swapnil Singh, Yash Dayal, Vijaykumar Vysakh, Mohammed Siraj.

Impact sub: Rajat Patidar

Published By:

Saurabh Kumar

Published On:

May 9, 2024

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