Faf would like another title
Kohli took over the reins of RCB from New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori in 2013 and relinquished the responsibility last year after captaining for eight seasons. RCB’s best performance under Kohli’s captaincy was in 2016 when the team finished runners-up and Kohli scored more than 900 runs including four centuries. South Africa’s du Plessis was bought by RCB in the mega auction last month for Rs 7 crore. The 37-year-old du Plessis will be able to play only a few more years and before that he would definitely like to add an IPL title with RCB in his kitty.
will miss the stars
RCB will miss Australia’s Glenn Maxwell and Josh Hazlewood in the first few matches. Maxwell is out for the wedding while Hazlewood is in the Australian team touring Pakistan. RCB have players like Sherfan Rutherford and Finn Allen. Sri Lanka’s all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga and India’s Dinesh Karthik will also be eyeing. On the other hand, the Kings will miss Jonny Bairstow who is in the West Indies with the England team. At the same time, Kagiso Rabada is also out recently due to playing against Bangladesh for South Africa.
Punjab Kings- Mayank Agarwal (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Shah Rukh Khan, Jitesh Sharma, Odien Smith, Harpreet Brar, Sandeep Sharma, Rahul Chahar and Arshdeep Singh.
Royal Challengers Bangalore- Faf du Plessis (captain), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Mahipal Lomror, S Rutherford, Dinesh Karthik, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, David Willey, Mohammad Siraj
Face to face
- Total Matches – 28
- Bangalore won – 13
- Punjab won – 15
Pitch Report: No IPL match has been played in this stadium for almost a decade. The ball can get good bounce on the pitch made of red clay. The pacers will have a chance to dominate in the opening overs.
- 5 In the last encounter, Punjab has had the upper hand where they have beaten RCB thrice
- Punjab captain Mayank Agarwal needs 83 runs to complete 3000 runs in IPL
Telecast: from 7.30 pm
PBKS vs RCB Match Preview: Royal Challengers Bangalore and Punjab Kings clash, eyes on Virat Kohli in the clash of two new captains