The 27th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 will witness Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Punjab Kings battling it out on Thursday, April 20, at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have had a disappointing start to their IPL 2023 season, with just two wins from their first five matches, placing them in the bottom half of the points table. Here is a quick look at the predicted playing 11 for their upcoming match:
Openers: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis
Royal Challengers Bangalore will rely on their experienced openers Faf du Plessis, and Virat Kohli, to give them a flying start. The South African batter is currently the highest run-scorer of the tournament. While for Kohli, he didn’t have a good outing in the previous match, but he has been in sublime form in the tournament and is currently among the leading run-scorers.
Middle Order: Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s middle-order has been their Achilles heel in the IPL 2023 season, with only Glenn Maxwell making a significant impact. They will face another stern challenge against the star-studded bowling unit of Punjabi Kings. The spotlight will be on Dinesh Karthik, who has failed to deliver with the bat this season, and Mahipal Lomror, who has the potential to turn the game around.
Bowlers: Wanindu Hasaranga, Wayne Parnell, Harshal Patel, Vyshak Vijaykumar, Mohammed Siraj
While Royal Challengers Bangalore’s bowling unit has shown promise in the IPL 2023 season, they have struggled to contain the opposition’s run-scoring. Harshal Patel, in particular, has had a mixed season so far. The onus will be on Mohammed Siraj and Wanindu Hasaranga to deliver with the ball in this match yet again.
Predicted Playing XI of Royal Challengers Bangalore against Punjab Kings
Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Wayne Parnell, Harshal Patel, Vyshak Vijaykumar, Mohammed Siraj