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IPL 2021, RCB vs PBKS Playing XI: Will RCB field leg-spinner Hasaranga?

Royal Challengers Bangalore's Sri Lankan leggie Wanindu Hasaranga might push for a spot on a slow Sharjah track against Punjab Kings.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai |
Updated: October 3, 2021 2:38:56 pm
RCB vs PBKS Probable Playing XI: RCB are just one win away from securing a place in Playoffs of IPL.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are just one win away from securing a place in Playoffs of IPL. It has been a rollercoaster ride for RCB this season and at the halfway stage they looked like they could struggle to advance. However, with two back-to-back wins against Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals, RCB’s chances have brightened.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

RCB will take on Punjab Kings in Sharjah, where the pitches have been slow. It will be interesting to see if the team thinktank looks to add one more leggie in the form of Sri Lankan Wanindu Hasaranga.

Batting

RCB’s batting has never been a major issue with some big names in the lineup. had all big names in its armory. With wicket-keeper batsman Srikar Bharat giving some stability at No.3, RCB has balance as Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell, Ab de Villiers complete the top and middle order.

All-rounder

Australian medium pacer Dan Christian played last game against Rajasthan Royals but Sharjah in the past has seen low scoring games with slow bowlers taking charge. It’s where Hasaranga might push his case.

Bowlers:

George Garton, Shabaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj played their part with the ball in the recent ganes With two consecutive wins, RCB might not want to change this lineup.

Punjab Kings

Punjab won a thriller against KKR with young all-rounder Shahrukh Khan playing a perfect cameo.They have to win all their games from here on to be in the hunt to qualify for play-offs.

Batting:

KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran have looked in good touch. Aiden Makram did manage to get a decent score, 42 against Mumbai, and Punjab Kings will hope that he will continue to pile more runs.Shahrukh has shown what he can do down the order.

All-rounder:

Fabian Allen was the lone all-rounder who played last game.

Bowling:

With Mohd Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh and Nathan Ellis, the Punjab bowling attack looks stable.

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