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IPL 2022 – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings Match 60 – Preview

The Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Punjab Kings will square off in the 60th match of the IPL 2022 at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium. The fact that RCB hasn’t performed up to expectations but is still on the edge of qualifying with seven wins in 12 games must be worrisome for the other clubs.

In their most recent match, RCB defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by a score of 67 runs, boosting their net run rate. Faf du Plessis has been doing an excellent job in his own calm manner. While Glenn Maxwell has made some memorable cameos, Dinesh Karthik has delivered some game-changing innings that have contributed to the team’s success. Karthik had previously astonished the fans with an undefeated eight-ball 30 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Despite being out of form for a short period of time, he recovered to hit the game-winning shots for RCB. While Virat Kohli’s form remains a source of concern, the team’s other hitters have more than compensated. Rajat Patidar’s addition has bolstered their batting lineup. Wanindu Hasaranga has found his form after a few tough games, returning with numbers of 5/18 against SRH.

Punjab Kings have also struggled throughout the tournament. With only five wins from 11 games, their playoff hopes are fading with each loss as they sit in seventh place in the points table. Even after scoring a high total in their previous game, they were unable to defend against the Rajasthan Royals.

The last time these two teams met, Du Plessis, Kohli, and Karthik had performed superbly, but Odean Smith’s finishing touches helped PBKS chase down a large target early in the game. With PBKS needing to win all of their remaining games by large margins to qualify for the playoffs, RCB will undoubtedly seek vengeance and end PBKS’ season.

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings Match 60 – Pitch Report

The last game at the Brabourne stadium, between the Mumbai Indians and the Gujarat Titans, provided some grip for the bowlers. However, that game was played on May 6, and a new pitch is expected for tomorrow’s contest. As a result, the conditions for batting could be favorable. The humidity is forecast to be around 70% tomorrow, with the possibility of light dew.

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings Match 60 – Tactics and Lineups

Royal Challengers Bangalore

In IPL 2022, Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan have each been dismissed four times by spin, while Bairstow has been bowled twice by spin. At the outset of the tournament, Hasaranga did reject Mayank, but with a drawn-down delivery. It would be fascinating to observe the combat between Hasaranga and Livingstone, as well as Jitesh. Livingstone is known for taking spinners on with drives over midwicket. But he’d have to contend with Hasaranga’s scrambling seam variants – googly and leg-break.

Predicted Lineup – Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Mahipal Lomror, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood

Punjab Kings

Chahar has twice defeated the deadly Karthik in T20s. In IPL 2020, Karthik attempted a deliberate paddle sweep only to be caught off guard by a slow-turning leg break. Karthik might remember that dismissal and avoid trying the shot again against Chahar. Kagiso Rabada, on the other hand, has dismissed his former South African captain, Faf du Plessis, three times in the shortest format. Despite the fact that a handful of those dismissals were the result of Du Plessis attempting to accelerate. Rabada has also taken out Glenn Maxwell three times in T20s. Sandeep Sharma has battled with form this season, but he has taken Kohli out seven times.

Predicted Lineup – Jonny Bairstow, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Mayank Agarwal (c), Jitesh Sharma (wk), Liam Livingstone, Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings Match 60 – Trivia

Karthik, Livingstone, Rajapaksa, and Jitesh are the first four players in IPL 2022 with the highest strike rates – the first 10 balls faced. Minimum requirement: 20 balls faced this season.

This season, the Brabourne Stadium has had the greatest run rate (9.17).