IPL 2021: Royal Challengers Bangalore look to inch closer to play-offs berth against Punjab Kings

Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to move closer to a place in the playoffs when they take on Punjab Kings in an Indian Premier League match here on Sunday.

Eyeing their maiden IPL title win, RCB are currently on the third spot with 14 points from seven wins and four losses.

Another two points from a win would almost assure them a place in the place-offs, but that would require RCB to overtake Punjab Kings, coming off a morale-boosting win against Kolkata Knight Riders.

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With their five-wicket win over KKR, Punjab Kings also kept their chances of making the playoffs alive even though they are fifth on 12 points after five wins and seven losses.

Against an ambitious RCB outfit, Punjab Kings will have to finish their job at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Even though he didn't score big, Virat Kohli looked good when he was in the middle in his team's win over Rajasthan Royals, as did the captain's young opening partner Devdutt Padikkal.

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The duo played some cracking shots before in-form star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell finished the job with a second consecutive half-century.

If the situation calls for it, as in his last outing, Maxwell can again look to Srikar India to build a solid partnership in the middle overs.

Batting down this season, AB de Villiers provided RCB the kind of cushion that other teams lacked, and Punjab Kings are well aware of this fact.

The bowling will be commanded by Mohammad Siraj, Harshal Patel, Shahbaz Ahmed and Yuzvendra Chahal, who have surpassed their previous struggles this season with some very impressive spells, adding to the strength of RCB.

Punjab Kings, on the other hand, will again rely on the dependable opening pair of skipper KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal to get them off to a good start.

He was among the run-scorers against KKR and would like to repeat against RCB.

The biggest plus in the RCB game for Punjab Kings is his death bowling which paved the way for their victory in the previous match.

Two decisive overs from Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh at the time of death helped set up Punjab's win against KKR, and the team would expect similar outings from both against RCB.

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When: RCB vs PBKS, October 3, 2021, 15.30 IST

Where: Sharjah Cricket Stadium

What to expect: Another low scorer on the relayed wicket of Sharjah, though a heavy roller trying to get some life off the pitch on overtime duty. Here the average first innings score in four matches is 135. The captain would like to bat first after winning the toss, keeping the opponent in heat on the ground and then gradually applying pressure to the scoreboard on the deteriorating surface.

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Teams XI:

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), Navdeep Saini, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Rajat Patidar, Dushmantha Chameera, Pavan Deshpande, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Azharuddin, Sachin Baby, Wanindu Hasaranga, George Garton, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal, Kyle Jamieson, Suyash Prabhudessai, KS Bharat, Tim David, Akash Deep, AB de Villiers.

Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Shahrukh Khan, Mohammed Shami, Nathan Ellis, Adil Rashid, Murugan Ashwin, Harpreet Brar, Moises Henriques, Chris Jordan, Aiden Markram, Mandeep Singh, Darsan Nalkande, Prabhsimran Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar, Jalaj Saxena.

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