IPL 2022 – The BEST Punjab Kings Playing XI to face the Royal Challengers Bangalore
On May 13, the Punjab Kings will face the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2022 Match 60 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai (Friday). Following their six-wicket defeat to northern rivals Rajasthan Royals last weekend, PBKS must guarantee that they cannot afford any more losses in their remaining encounters if they are to maintain their playoff aspirations.
Meanwhile, Punjab would like to complete the double over Bangalore after defeating them by five wickets in the last match. However, they must be careful of RCB’s recent run, which has included a back-to-back stunning victory over the reigning champions Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Despite their loss against the Royals, Punjab Kings will not make any changes to their playing XI and will instead field the same players in the next match.
Let’s take a look at the BEST Punjab Kings Playing XI to face the Royal Challengers Bangalore
Shikhar Dhawan and Jonny Bairstow open the innings
Shikhar Dhawan may have flopped in the previous game, but the senior hitter has scored 381 runs from 11 matches and has been extremely effective with the bat. He also has three half-centuries to his name, with his best being an unbroken 88. With the Punjab Kings’ playoff ambitions dwindling, the southpaw would need to produce some fantastic innings in the final three games to create a firm foundation for the team.
Jonny Bairstow, who has had a difficult 2022 season thus far, returned to form in the previous game against the Rajasthan Royals, scoring 56 runs off 40 deliveries. While it was not a match-winning knock, PBKS can breathe a sigh of relief over the Englishman’s individual performances as the league stages near their conclusion.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Mayank Agarwal, and Jitesh Sharma strengthen the middle order
Bhanuka Rajapaksa has been able to provide significant solidity to Punjab’s middle-order. The only issue with the Sri Lankan stumper is that, while he makes promising starts, he is unable to convert them into significant scores. Rajapaksa would be hoping to check every box against RCB. Skipper Mayank Agarwal dropped down the batting order in the hopes of rediscovering his lost touch, but it didn’t work out against Rajasthan when he got a 13-ball 15.
Jitesh Sharma’s undefeated innings of 38 runs off 18 balls towards the conclusion of the last match drove Punjab Kings to a competitive total of 189.
Liam Livingstone and Rishi Dhawan provide all-rounder support
This season, Liam Livingstone has been one of the Punjab Kings’ go-to players. Apart from vital hits in the middle and death overs, Livingstone’s spin bowling can turn the tables on the opponent, and he is one of the team’s pillars of strength. He may not have looked in terrific form last season, but with a playoff spot on the line, the Manchester cricketer should put his best foot forward in the forthcoming matches.
Rishi Dhawan’s performance in the previous match, on the other hand, was pretty mediocre, with statistics of 1/25 from three overs. Nonetheless, with his medium speed, the seasoned all-rounder can be a devastating bowler and has the potential to score big further down the order.
Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, and Sandeep Sharma form the bowling attack
Kagiso Rabada, Punjab’s most expensive bowler in the previous encounter, would be desperate to recapture his lost rhythm with the ball in hand after finishing with stats of 1/50 at an economy rate of 12.5. Punjab’s star spinner Rahul Chahar also went wicketless in the previous game, and he would be expected to do better in the following game.
Arshdeep Singh, a yorker and death overs specialist, was the hero of the Punjab bowlers against RR, taking 2/29 from four overs, and would be expecting to offer some crucial breakthroughs going ahead. Sandeep Sharma, the senior bowler who has struggled this season, had another forgettable game. Not only did he go wicketless, but he also let up 41 runs in four overs.