BLR vs PBKS Prediction: Last night’s action in the IPL saw two great games. Delhi Capitals dented Mumbai Indians’ chances of qualification by chasing the target of 130. In the second game, Rajasthan Royals won by seven wickets against Chennai Super Kings. The Royals chased down a massive 190 set by Ruturaj Gaikwad and co. thanks to whirlwind fifties by Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shivam Dube.
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Punjab Kings now meet in Match 48 in the afternoon game of the doubleheader. The Punjab Kings boosted their chances of qualification by winning against Kolkata Knight Riders in the last over. RCB are almost through but they will be eyeing a top 2 spot. They will be wary of the Kings’ threat, having lost the previous three encounters to them.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings
Match 48, Indian Premier League
3 October 2021, 03:30 PM IST
Sharjah Cricket Stadium
The match will be broadcasted live on Star Sports Network and it can also be streamed on Hotstar App. The matches are split in three venues- Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. IPL is broadcasted to almost 100 countries including all cricket-playing nations.
BLR vs PBKS Head to Head: Punjab Kings have 15 wins compared to Bangalore’s 12 victories.
PBKS – 40%
BLR – 60%
Punjab Kings have had the upper hand in recent games. Both teams head into this game on the back of wins. We feel Punjab Kings might succumb under pressure today. They are very top-heavy and their middle order is struggling. The betting sites also seem to favour RCB.
Bet365: BLR: 1.66; PBKS: 2.20
Virat Kohli is a must-have in your fantasy teams. He is due a big score. He bats cautiously in the beginning and doesn’t throw his wicket easily. Kohli has 332 runs in 11 innings at an average of 33.2.
Harshal Patel keeps ticking the wickets column. He is on course to eclipse Dwayne Bravo’s record of 32 wickets in a single IPL. He has 26 wickets in 11 games at an economy of 8.5.
We are tipping Mayank Agarwal to come good in this game. He has 372 runs in 10 innings at an average of 41.
BLR Playing XI
Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Kona Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
PBKS Playing XI
Lokesh Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Aiden Markram, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Fabian Allen, Nathan Ellis, Mohammad Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
The wicket in Sharjah is the complete opposite of the one that was used last year. It is assisting the slower bowlers. The ball is gripping on the surface making it tougher to time the ball. The average predicted score is 150-160. Teams winning the toss would be electing to field first.
If BLR bats first: 150-160
If PBKS bats first: 150-160
Skies are going to be cloudy over Sharjah today with the cyclonic storm “Shaheen” entering the Gulf of Oman. The cloud cover is going to be thin with clouds of medium and high type. There will be more than enough heat from the sun to raise the maximum temperature during the day to be 37 degrees Celsius. During the match hours, the temperatures would be 35-36 degrees Celsius. The winds would be 10-20 km per hour. The hot day combined with humidity in the fifties would make the playing conditions tough and it would feel like 45 degrees Celsius.
WICKET-KEEPERS: KL Rahul, K Srikar-Bharat
BATSMEN: V Kohli, M Agarwal, A Markram
ALL-ROUNDERS: D Christian, G Maxwell, S Ahmed
BOWLERS: H Patel, A Singh, R Bishnoi
Captain choices: G Maxwell/ V Kohli
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