Cricket News
| On Mar 24, 2022 4:07 PM IST

PBKS vs RCB, Match 3 of IPL 2022: Punjab Kings Player Availability & Probable Playing XI


Punjab Kings came out of the auction room as the most efficient team earlier this year. They sure have flaws in their squad construction but the way they went about their business and the plan they had in place was magnificent. Lets take a look at their likely composition for the season opener against the mighty Royal Challengers Bangalore.

PBKS vs RCB: No Jonny Bairstow and Kagiso Rabada

Punjab Kings will be without their two first choice players for the first game – Jonny Bairstow and Kagiso Rabada.

These 2 players are surely going to be a huge loss but Punjab Kings do have an able backup for Jonny Bairstow in Bhanuka Rajapaksa. The southpaw from Sri Lanka is an underrated T20 batter. He showed his worth in the WT20 that happened in UAE. He is a high intent player and can take down spinners at will which will be expected of him as he will be slotting in at #3 in the absence of Jonny Bairstow.

The absence of Kagiso Rabada will hurt more as they really don’t have another pace spearhead in the XI. Although Odean Smith can hit 140s, he is still unproven at this level. Nathan Ellis will be unavailable till April 6 as he is a contracted player for Australia.

To cover the absence of Kagiso Rabada, Punjab can play Benny Howell and Sandeep Sharma, where they get a solid powerplay bowler in Sandeep Sharma, and an experienced T20 campaigner in Benny Howell who can add nice depth to the batting along with his wily cutters in middle overs with the ball.

Probable PBKS playing 11

Mayank Agarwal

Shikhar Dhawan

Bhanuka Rajapaksa

Liam Livingstone

Benny Howell

Shahrukh Khan

Odean Smith

Harpreet Brar

Rahul Chahar

Sandeep Sharma

Arshdeep Singh


Most Runs in IPL Highest score in IPL Best Team in IPL
Most Wickets in IPL Highest Strike Rate in IPL Best IPL Batsmen
Most centuries in IPL Highest partnership in IPL Best IPL Bowlers
Most Fifties in IPL Highest paid player in IPL Best bowling figures in IPL
Most sixes in IPL Highest Batting Average in IPL Best Wicket Keeper in IPL
Most Fours in IPL Highest Paid Player in IPL Hat trick in IPL
Most Man of the Match in IPL Highest Score in IPL Fastest Ball in IPL
Most maiden overs in IPL Highest Individual Score in IPL IPL 2021 most runs and wickets
MS Dhoni IPL IPL Players Wife IPL 2022 Prize Money
Rohit Sharma IPL IPL Team Owners IPL 2022 News
Virat Kohli IPL IPL 2022 Prediction IPL Winner List

Taking the life out of me is better than taking cricket from me. Welcome to my world which gives nothing but happening stories in the cricketing world