Punjab Kings meet Royal Challengers Bangalore (PBKS vs BLR) in the third match of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2022). The DY Patil Sports Academy Ground is the venue for this fixture.
Both Punjab Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore have never won an IPL Trophy till date. They will have new captains this season. Mayank Agarwal will lead Punjab while Faf Du Plessis will lead Bangalore. With Dhawan, Livingstone and Shahrukh Khan, Punjab have some firepower in the batting. However, they will miss Bairstow and Kagiso Rabada for the first game.
Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore have a good-looking top order with Faf, Virat, Maxwell and Dinesh Karthik. The pace attack also looks strong with the likes of Siraj, Harshal, Hazlewood, David Willey, Siddarth Kaul, along with the all-round skills of Hasaranga. Although, Bangalore will also miss Maxwell and Hazelwood for the first few games.
Match: Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2022 Match 3
Date and Time: March 27, Saturday, 3:30 PM IST
Venue: DY Patil Sports Academy Stadium, Mumbai
PBKS vs BLR Predicted Playing XI
Mayank Agarwal (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Shahrukh Khan, Prabhsimran Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Odean Smith, Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Brar
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Faf Du Plessis (C), Virat Kohli, Anuj Rawat, Dinesh Karthik, Mahipal Lormor, Sherfane Rutherford, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanidu Hasaranga, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, David Willey
There is expected to be good bounce and carry, which will help the pacers initially. The ball will come on to the bat nicely. But batters will have to work slightly hard since it is a big ground. Chasing is a good option on this surface.
PBKS vs BLR Match Prediction
Comparing the middle orders of both sides, Bangalore appears to have a better balance. They also have quality in the pace attack and can trouble the Punjab batters. On paper, Royal Challengers Bangalore have a better team composition and are expected to beat Punjab Kings in this IPL 2022 clash.
PBKS vs BLR Dream11 Fantasy Suggestions
Fantasy Team #1: Dinesh Karthik, Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Faf du Plessis, Liam Livingstone, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Odean Smith, Arshdeep Singh
Captain: Faf du Plessis, Vice-captain: Liam Livingstone
Fantasy Team #2: Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, Mayank Agarwal, Shahrukh Khan, Liam Livingstone, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, David Willey, Mohammed Siraj, Arshdeep Singh
Captain: Faf du Plessis, Vice-captain: Virat Kohli