IPL 2022 – The strongest Punjab Kings Lineup to play against the Royal Challengers Bangalore

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 is in full swing, as is Punjab Kings’ pursuit for the elusive trophy. On Sunday, the Mohali-based team will face Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai to begin their season (March 27). This time around, Mayank Agarwal will command PBKS, and the 31-year-old has a lot riding on him.

PBKS, who had retained Mayank Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh, had entered this season’s blockbuster auction with the largest purse of INR 72 crore. They created a powerful squad after making several significant purchases at the bidding event. Now it’s up to the players to put the plans into action and assist PBKS to grow.

Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan are the ideal opening pair

With Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan in the ranks, PBKS’ opening combination is pretty well decided. Both players have extensive IPL experience, and their track records speak for themselves. Because of their different batting styles, the two are likely to complement each other effectively.

 

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Shikhar makes the most of his powerplay opportunities, but once the field has spread out, he slows down. Mayank, on the other hand, has been adhering to the ‘see the ball, hit the ball’ approach for the past few seasons. The combination is expected to provide PBKS with excellent starts on a regular basis, and the RCB camp must be aware of this.

Prabhsimran Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Shahrukh Khan solidify the middle order

PBKS’ middle-order would be vulnerable if Jonny Bairstow was unavailable during the first few matches due to international commitments. Bhanuka Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka is set to make his IPL debut after doing well at the top level. The left-handed batter has the ability to attack bowlers right away and also has the ability to stay in the middle for extended periods of time.

 

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PBKS spent INR 9 crore in the huge auction to reclaim Shahrukh Khan’s services, therefore he will have a lot of obligations on his shoulders. At the end of an innings, the dasher can deliver some powerful smashes, and his recent performances have been impressive as well.

Prabhsimran Singh can keep the wickets for PBKS until Bairstow is available. Along with being a reliable gloveman, the 21-year-old wicketkeeper is a capable batter. He has been a part of the franchise since the start of the 2019 season.

Odean Smith, Liam Livingstone, Harpreet Brar are top all-rounder choices

Liam Livingstone, an England international, has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in this style of the game. The dasher can bat anywhere in order and can contribute with his spin bowling ability. Livingstone, however, prefers to bowl leg-spin to right-handed batters and off-spin to left-handed batters. In the T20s, this makes him a valuable asset. His major role, however, would be to contribute with the bat.

 

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Odean Smith, who was impressed in the T20I series against India last month, will be another all-rounder in the team. The West Indian star can light up the speed gun and has a number of different versions in his arsenal. Smith can also hit the ball hard, and PBKS would like him to show off his all-around brilliance.

Harpreet Brar could be added to the starting lineup to help balance things out. The left-arm spinner can effectively control the run-flow while also wielding the willow.

Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Sharma, and Arshdeep Singh will bring the sting to the bowling

Bowlers will fill the final three positions, and PBKS has plenty of strong alternatives in this category. Kagiso Rabada, a South African fast bowler, will lead the PBKS bowling assault this season. However, due to bio-bubble regulations, he will be unavailable for the first game. PBKS may be hampered as a result, and Indian bowlers would have to restrain RCB batsmen.

 

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Arshdeep Singh, one of PBKS’ two retentions ahead of the major auction, will also help the pace-bowling department. In the last couple of seasons, the youthful left-arm bowler has been outstanding for the team, including a five-wicket haul. Sandeep Sharma, who has returned to the franchise, will share the new ball with Arshdeep.

Sandeep is well-versed in the IPL’s mechanics, having taken over 100 wickets in the competition. Rahul Chahar would be the team’s lone specialist spinner, and he’ll be out to prove himself. The leg-spinner accomplished an outstanding job with his last team, the Mumbai Indians, and he has no qualms about repeating his feats.