- In head-to-head battle, Punjab Kings lead a 14-12 against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
- Bangalore’s team is in great form, having won five out of six matches.
- Punjab, on the other hand, has won only two of the six games.
- Last season, PBKS defeated RCB in both league stage matches.
In the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has been on a rampage. The Virat Kohli & Co. have won five games out of six and might be looking to reclaim the top spot from CSK if they win today’s match.
On April 27, they defeated Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals (DC) by one run at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will play against Punjab Kings (PBKS) at the same venue on Friday, April 30.
PBKS, on the other hand, is in the sixth position and desperately needs a win to move up in the points table. With just two wins out of six games, another defeat could cause great harm to their dreams of winning the IPL 2021 title. Punjab Kings were defeated by 5 wickets in their most recent match by Kolkata Knight Riders.
PBKS VS RCB Head To Head:
When we talk about top performing players from both the team, Devdutt Padikkal has been a fantastic find for RCB. The youngster had a bad outing in the previous game, but he had scored 135 runs in the two games before that. Though Padikkal has been a consistent winner for RCB since last season, the decision to invest in Glenn Maxwell this season is also paying off well for the team. He has scored 20 runs or more in each of his last four innings, including two half-centuries.
On the other hand, when we talk about Punjab Kings, their captain, KL Rahul has scored 91, 5, 61, 4, 60 not out, and 19 runs for Punjab Kings this season, has been their most prolific batsman.
Now, let’s talk about the bowlers of both the team. This season, Harshal Patel is a strong contender for the coveted Purple Cap. In each of his last five games, the RCB seamer has taken at least two wickets whereas, Mohammed Shami, an established campaigner for Punjab Kings, has looked decent with the ball. In his last two games, he has taken three wickets and has only given away 25+ runs in one of his last five games.
So far in the IPL, these two teams have played in 26 games, with RCB winning 12 and Punjab winning 14.
Having said this, let us take a closer look at their past 5 meetings.
PBKS Vs RCB Last 5 Encounters
15th October 2020: Punjab Kings won by 8 wickets
24th September 2020: Punjab Kings won by 9 runs
24th April 2019: Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 17 runs
13th April 2019: Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 8 wickets
14th May 2018: Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 10 wickets
Additional Stats Of PBKS and RCB:
PBKS highest score against RCB: 232
RCB highest score against PBKS: 226
Most runs for PBKS: 2,162 (KL Rahul)
Most runs for RCB: 6,465 (Virat Kohli)
Most wickets for PBKS: 46 wickets (Mohammed Shami)
Most wickets for RCB: 124 wickets (Yuzvendra Chahal)
Lowest total defended by PBKS against RCB: 106
Lowest total defended by RCB against PBKS: 145
Punjab Kings have immense potential, but they haven’t been able to perform as per everyone’s expectation having been they have lost four of their six games this season.
Therefore, Royal Challengers Bangalore are the favourites to win the match.