Punjab vs Bangalore : Match Prediction, Head to Head, Probable XI, Fantasy Tips
The sixth match of the ongoing 13th Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Bangalore started their season with a win defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad while Punjab lost to Delhi in Super Over in their respective matches. KL Rahul & boys will be looking to bounce back hard while Kohli & co. will want to continue winning.
Head to Head Stats
Total Matches Played : 23
Looking at their first match, Punjab team has some issues to sort out. Their big guns Rahul, Maxwell and Pooran needs to fire. It will be interesting to see performances of Mayank and Devdutt Padikkal after their brilliant start this season. I am backing Bangalore to come out victorious in this game.
Fantasy Tips :
Suggestions based on form :
Mayank Agarwal, Devdutt Padikkal, Mohammad Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal
Differential Picks :
Ravi Bishnoi, Shivam Dubey, Josh Philippe
Kings XI Punjab Probable XI
Player to Watch : KL Rahul
Royal Challengers Bangalore Probable XI
Player to Watch : Devdutt Padikkal
Mayank Agarwal was the lone warrior in Punjab's game against Delhi. Mayank was very close to win the game for Punjab but couldn't finish at the end. KL Rahul will want other batsmen including himself to be amongst runs.
Rahul is a quality player and maybe it can be his day. Nicholas Pooran didn't look good in first match and if he continues the same for two more games, Punjab might look to bring in Gayle in his place. We all know how dangerous Maxwell can be when he gets going and Punjab would be hoping for some runs from his bat too.
Mohammad Shami was brilliant with the ball along with Sheldon Cottrell and Ravi Bishnoi. Chris Jordan had an off day against Delhi as he gave away 56 runs with an economy of 14.
As far as Bangalore side is concerned, young Devdutt Padikkal was their star in the first match against Hyderabad. Big guns in the name of Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers need to be amongst the runs now for RCB. Looking at Padikkal's form and the quality of batsman in their top order, batting doesn't look an issue for Bangalore.
However, their bowling might disappoint them. Chahal was brilliant with 3 wickets while Umesh Yadav had a bad day against Hyderabad.
The match prediction, playing XI selection and fantasy suggestions are purely based on personal opinion of the writer.