Despite participating in the event since its inception, both teams have yet to win an IPL trophy, and will be trying to break the curse this year. Punjab, especially, hasn’t qualified for the playoffs in a looooong time. Mayank Agarwal has been appointed as their skipper for this edition, and they have made some good additions to the roster. Thus, they will look to start their ne campaign under their new leader with a victory.
On the other side of the pitch, we have Royal Challengers Bangalore, who have also named a new captain Faf du Plessis. They will be without AB de Villiers, who has retired from all forms of cricket, but they will still have Glenn Maxwell and former captain Virat Kohli in their ranks. Dinesh Karthik has also been added to the team to handle the finishing tasks.
PBKS vs RCB – Match Details
Venue: Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Navi Mumbai
Date & Time: 27th March, 7:30 PM
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network for Television and Disney + Hotstar app for live streaming.
The Navi Mumbai pitch will provide a level playing field for bat and ball, as the surface has been excellent for batting in the games thus far. Because there may be due later, the captain who wins the toss will almost certainly choose to chase.
Kagiso Rabada will miss Kings’ first encounter due to his participation in South Africa’s one-day international series against Bangladesh. Moreover, Jonny Bairstow will also be unavailable for the first 2 games due to his involvement in England’s Test side.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Glenn Maxwell, who just got married, will miss the first two games. While Josh Hazlewood and Jason Behrendorff will miss the first three, since Australian players will not be released until April 6.
Punjab Kings: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Prabhsimran Singh (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Rishi Dhawan / Benny Howell, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Sharma.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, David Willey, Harshal Patel, Karn Sharma / Siddarth Kaul, Mohammad Siraj