🏏IPL 2024: Match 58 - PBKS vs RCB at Dharamasala @ 7:30PM IST🏏

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🏏IPL 2024: Match 58 - PBKS vs RCB at Dharamasala on 09/04/2024 @ 7:30PM IST🏏



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PBKS and RCB meet with playoff hopes hanging by a thread

Both teams are on eight points with only three games left

RCB's batting unit clicks into gear

The winner of Thursday's contest will keep their slim hopes of making the playoffs alive, the loser will join Mumbai Indians as the second side to be eliminated this season.

RCB in their first six matches and in their last five matches are two different teams. Their batters have flicked a switch ever since they lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by a mere 25 runs in a chase of 288. RCB's lowest score in the last five games is the 152 they made chasing 148 against Gujarat Titans in Bengaluru. What's helped them is Faf du Plessis coming back to form and a stable top four - comprising Virat Kohli, du Plessis, Will Jacks and Rajat Patidar.

Du Plessis has hit two fifties in the last five matches, and as a result, enabled RCB to score quicker in the first six overs. Their run-rate in the powerplay in the last five matches (12.3) is far superior to what it was in the first six (8.27). This has allowed them to have the likes of Jacks and Patidar batting in the middle overs, because additional risks early on do sometimes result in wickets but those have worked in RCB's favour, which again reflects in the run-rate. With better spin-hitters at the crease, they're going at 11.03 in the middle overs in matches since April 15 as opposed to 8.41 in the games before that.

The other effect of this batting resurgence is that Kohli, who has been consistent from the start of IPL 2024, is free to play as he wishes - evidenced by the jump in his strike rate from 141.77 (first six games) to 158.15 (last five matches). Which is all part of why this match against PBKS comes at perhaps the right time for RCB.

PBKS are superb travelers but do not find much solace at home. They have had three home venues in the last two seasons - Mohali, Dharamsala and the newest addition Mullanpur - the most for any team. In IPL 2024, they have won three out of the five away games but only one in six at home. PBKS have the lowest percentage of home wins in the last two seasons, and their clash against RCB is their last in Dharamsala in IPL 2024.

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Dharamshala Cricket Stadium

PBKS vs RCB, IPL 2024: Pitch report

The surface at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala is one that is preferable to the bowlers, especially the pacers. With ball movement early into the game, the power plays could prove to be crucial for the bowling side. Opting to bowl first and chasing down the target could be a wise decision.

PBKS vs RCB, IPL 2024: Weather forecast

The temperature in Dharamsala on Thursday will hover around 26 degrees when the match starts and it will remain nearly the same throughout the game. There is 55 per cent chance of rain and the wind speed will remain at 3 km/h with 65 per cent humidity in the air.

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PBKS vs RCB Dream 11 predictions

PBKS vs RCB, IPL 2024: Head-to-head

In a head-to-head battle, Punjab and Bengaluru have clashed 32 times in the IPL, with Punjab winning 17 matches and Bengaluru winning 15 of them. The recent encounters between RCB and PBKS have been a close battle. The last 4 meetings have been evenly split, with both teams winning 2 games each. This head-to-head record hints at another tight contest today.

Total matches played: 32

Matches won by Punjab Kings (PBKS): 17

Matches won by Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB): 15


RCB won by 4 wickets (with 4 balls remaining) 26-Mar-2024

RCB won by 24 runs 20-Apr-2023

PBKS won by 54 runs 14-May-2022

PBKS won by 5 wickets (with 6 balls remaining) 28-Mar-2022

RCB won by 6 runs 03-Oct-2021

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Form guide

Punjab Kings LWWLL (last five completed games, most recent first)

Royal Challengers Bengaluru WWWLL

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Get here details of PBKS vs RCB Head to Head from all seasons of IPL.

Team news and Impact Player strategy

Punjab Kings

Shikhar Dhawan has not travelled with the side to Dharamsala, so expect them to play the same combination that has helped them win two of their last three games.

Probable XII: 1 Prabhsimran Singh, 2 Jonny Bairstow, 3 Rilee Rossouw, 4 Shashank Singh, 5 Jitesh Sharma (wk), 6 Ashutosh Sharma, 7 Sam Curran (capt), 8 Harpreet Brar, 9 Harshal Patel, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Rahul Chahar, 12 Arshdeep Singh

Harpreet Brar bowled brilliantly, keeping RCB quiet and picking up wickets, Royal Challengers Bengaluru vs Punjab Kings, IPL 2024, Bengaluru, March 25, 2024

Royal Challengers Bengaluru

Glenn Maxwell returned to action after a long break and contributed a wicket in RCB's win over Gujarat Titans in Ahmedabad and wasn't required with the bat. But in the reverse fixture, he fell for a duck to continue his lean run. RCB could persist with him or consider getting Reece Topley and his variations in on a surface which had assistance for the slower bowlers in the PBKS-CSK match. Patidar and Yash Dayal look to be the likely Impact Sub swap again.

Probable XII: 1 Virat Kohli, 2 Faf du Plessis (capt), 3 Will Jacks, 4 Rajat Patidar, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Cameron Green, 7 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 8 Swapnil Singh, 9 Karn Sharma, 10 Mohammed Siraj, 11 Vijaykumar Vyshak, 12 Yash Dayal

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Today's IPL Match: Punjab Kings (PBKS) will take on Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) on May 9

In the spotlight: Will Jacks and Harpreet Brar

Before his IPL debut, Jacks had played 131 of his 155 T20 innings as an opener. But at RCB, he has batted at No. 3 and made that spot his own even though he has had mixed returns. Four of his six innings have been single-digit scores while the other two knocks saw him score a 55 and a 100 not out. He'll have his task cut out for him against a bowling attack that has been the second-most economical (8.33 to Chennai Super Kings' 8.07) in the first 16 overs (powerplay and middle overs), and the most economical in the first ten overs in IPL 2024.

The last time PBKS played RCB, Brar was their most economical bowler, with scarcely believable figures of 2 for 13 in a game where the batting side scored at over nine an over. He nipped out two of RCB's best players of spin in Patidar and Maxwell bu they hadn't put enough runs of the board for that to really matter. Only Gujarat Titans (strike rate of 111.87) score slower than RCB (119.33) against left-arm orthodox in IPL 2024. And Brar has one-third of his 24 IPL wickets against RCB. He is a big threat to their playoff hopes.

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PBKS vs RCB Dream11 Prediction Today Match, IPL 2024 58th Match, Pitch Report, Weather Report, Playing 11, Dream11 Team Today, Fantasy Cricket Tips

Stats that matter

  • Kagiso Rabada has dismissed Kohli and du Plessis four times each in all men's T20s. While Kohli strikes him at 106.25, du Plessis does much better with 66 runs off 47 balls at 140.42.
  • Among bowlers who have bowled at least 60 balls at the death in IPL 2024, Arshdeep Singh's economy rate of 12.35 is the second-worst. However, no PBKS bowler has more than his eight wickets in this phase. Now among batters who have faced at least 60 balls in the last four overs, Dinesh Karthik's strike rate of 231.42 is the second-best. Arshdeep has managed to dismiss Karthik three times in 27 balls for 45 runs.
  • Jonny Bairstow strikes at 177.55 against RCB, his best against any opposition in the IPL. He also enjoys the upper hand in the duel with Mohammed Siraj: 54 runs in 25 balls for one dismissal in all T20s
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RCB and PBKS clash in IPL 2024. (AP Photo)

When: Thursday, May 9 at 19:30 IST

Where: Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala

What to expect: The first game of the season saw a surprisingly slower surface with help for seamers with the new ball and spinners with the older ball. However, that was a day game and the venue has historically seen more joy for batters in night games. This could mean a much better batting track on offer. There should still be some help on offer for the pacers with the new ball.

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Team watch:

Punjab Kings

Injuries and unavailability: Shikhar Dhawan is yet to return to the setup

Tactics and matchups: Jonny Bairstow has had tremendous personal success against RCB. In five innings, he has a century and two fifties, tallying 261 runs at a staggering strike rate of 177.55. He also has a strike rate of 216 against RCB's powerplay specialist Mohammed Siraj, who has conceded 54 runs in 25 balls against the Englishman with one dismissal. Punjab will hope that Bairstow can deliver once more against his favourite franchise. PBKS are expected to be unchanged for this fixture, unless they want to bring back Liam Livingstone into the XI, which would mean an exit for Rilee Rossouw. However, that seems unlikely, as does the option of Shikhar Dhawan returning.

Probable XI: Jonny Bairstow, Rilee Rossouw, Shashank Singh, Sam Curran (c), Jitesh Sharma (wk), Ashutosh Sharma, Harpreet Brar, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh. [Impact sub: Prabhsimran Singh]

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Injuries/unavailability: RCB don't have any injury concerns in their camp.

Tactics and matchups:Between overs 7-15, Rajat Patidar has been going at a rollicking strike rate of 183. He has also perished seven times in 100 deliveries but his intent against spin will be crucial to RCB's chances, given the form of Punjab's spin duo Rahul Chahar and Harpreet Brar. It's rare for sides to change much when they are on a three-match winning streak and RCB are also expected to go with that pattern.

Probable XI: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Glenn Maxwell, Will Jacks, Cameron Green, Dinesh Karthik, Karn Sharma, Swapnil Singh, Yash Dayal, Vijaykumar Vysakh, Mohammed Siraj. [Impact sub: Rajat Patidar].