Today’s first thriller of IPL 2023 is Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (PBKS vs RCB). Both teams have won their last games. PBKS currently at fifth position defeated second positioned LSG in the previous match. So far, PBKS has won 3 out of five matches to have 6 points. On the other hand, RCB defeated in the previous match. The Challengers’ campaign this season has been sluggish as they could manage to win only two games and currently placed at 8th position.
PBKS vs RCB : Match Details
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Date : Thursday, April 20, 2023
Time : 3:30 PM IST
Watch Live on : Star Sports Network & JioCinema
PBKS vs RCB : Pitch Report
This pitch is quite favourable for batting. Since the ground has bigger boundaries, the batters will have to put efforts to score boundaries. The pitch also aids pacers with the new ball specially in bouncers which might make it difficult for batters to score runs.
Out of the 58 IPL matches played here, 25 have been won by the team batting first whereas 33 by the chasing team.
The toss winning team would prefer to bowl first.
PBKS vs RCB : Head to Head
Both teams have clashed with each other 30 times, in which PBKS has taken the lead over RCB by 17-13.
PBKS vs RCB : Team XI Prediction
Punjab Kings (PBKS)
Shikhar Dhawan (C), Prabhsimran Singh, Matt Short, Harpreet Singh, Sikandar Raza, Sam Curran, Jitesh Sharma (WK), Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Kagiso Rabada, and Arshdeep SinghRoyal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (C), Mahipal Lomror, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Wayne Parnell, Mohammed Siraj, Vijaykumar Vyshak
PBKS vs RCB : Best Performers Prediction
The PBKS skipper has already been seen in full in the previous matches he played. Having scored 233 runs in past four matches with an average of 116.5 and an amazing strike rate of 146.54, has put him at the fourth place in the race for Orange Cap. Since this is his home ground, he is expected to perform magnificently in this match.
The ace PBKS seamers is among the leafing wicket takers of this IPL. So far, he has taken 8 wickets in last five matches with an average of 17.63. Since the pitch supports bounce, he can play a key role in PBKS’ win.
PBKS vs RCB : Match Winner Prediction
PBKS likely to win the match
Disclaimer: The above predictions are based on personal understanding and analysis of the author. Kindly make your own decision while making any prediction based on the predictions mentioned above.