Match Preview

Royal Challengers Bangalore will face  Punjab Kings in the Match 48 of IPL 2021 on 3 October at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Bangalore has 14 points from 11 games and another win will almost probably propel them into the knockout stages, where they will join Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals. A win, on the other hand, is a must for KL Rahul’s Punjab Kings, who have 10 points from 12 games following their triumph against Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday (October 1). In reality, they must win both of their remaining games to remain in contention for the play-offs.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the batting side and slightly better for pacers.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 34 – 35 °C


Total matches                                       61

Matches won batting first                 34

Matches won bowling first              26

Average 1st Inns scores                   144

Average 2nd Inns scores                  122

Highest total recorded                     211/6 (20 Ov) by IRE vs SCO

Lowest total recorded                      71/10 (13.2 Ov) by IRE vs AFG

Highest score chased                        183/5 (19.4 Ov) by AFG vs UAE

Lowest score defended                    134/7 (20 Ov) by OMAN vs HK

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) KL Rahul – The right-handed batsman is tall, elegant player who can keep wicket in a crisis. His technique has benefitted PBKS in the first half of IPL. He is a must pick for the next match. He made 67 runs in his last match.

Matches – 163

Runs – 5331

Average – 42.64

2) AB de Villiers – The right-handed batsman’s overflowing talent and temperament has helped his team in the past matches. He is an experienced player in this format.

Matches – 336

Runs – 9345

Average – 37.38

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Mayank Agrawal – His white-ball game was showing signs of improvement. His stroke play and grace, which he brought to the table, has drawn a lot of praise. He has a lot of potential to play an excellent innings in the next match.

Matches – 157

Runs – 3765

Average – 21.35

2) Virat Kohli  – The right-handed batsman is an aggressive hard hitter  player who has shown that he can lead his team with an impressive growth in this IPL. He is in great form and can be trusted to give good fantasy points. He made 25 runs in his last match.

Matches – 315

Runs – 10063

Average – 41.58                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3) Aiden Markram – Markram has a calm head on his shoulders with outstanding poise and attention, and a crafty-yet-airtight technique that he can adapt as needed. He is primarily an off-side player with a compact opener’s technique and has a larger shot repertoire.

Matches – 63

Runs – 1537

Average – 31.36

4) Devdutt Padikal – He is a young left handed batsman who is a vital component of RCB as he has played excellent innings for them in the past. He has slowly laddered up the ranks to establish himself as an exceptional batter.

Matchess – 45

Runs – 1618

Average – 40.45

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Yuzvendra Chahal – The leg break googly bowler is an attacking spinner and leading wicket taker from his team. He is in good form and a wise pick for the next match. He took 2 wickets in his last match.

Matches – 211

Wickets – 234

Economy – 7.57

2) Mohammad Shami – He is a right arm fast medium bowler who is fast proving to be one of the stand-out and versatile performers in the Indian squad. He took a wicket in his last match.

Matches – 110

Wickets – 126

Economy – 8.31

3) Mohammed Siraj – He rose as a seamer and with a remarkably swift bowling style. He has a deceptive run up that dazzles even the most experienced batsman and has bowled deadly spells for RCB in the past.

Matches – 78

Wickets – 97

Economy – 8.30

4) Arshdeep Singh –  Arshdeep is a left-arm pacer from Punjab who wowed everyone with his pace and control with the new ball in the last two games of the tournament. He took 3 wickets in his last match.

Matches – 28

Wickets – 38

Economy – 20.31

Top 2 All-rounder Picks

1) Fabian Allen – Allen is a gem of a find for his team as has the potential to be a future star if his talent is properly groomed and nurtured. If the versatile all-rounder continues to develop at his current rate, tremendous things are in store for him.

Matches – 63

Runs – 733

Average – 22.21

Wickets – 38

Economy – 7.73

2) Glenn Maxwell – Maxwell reinvented the contemporary limited-overs game by allowing his instincts to drive his replies to the ball, thanks to his athleticism and rapid reactions. He is a must pick for the next match.

Matches – 317

Runs – 7024

Average – 27.43

Wickets – 113

Economy – 7.71

Predicted Playing 11

Punjab Kings

KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Aiden Markram, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Fabian Allen/Moises Henriques, Nathan Ellis/Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, KS Bharat, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Dan Christian, George Garton, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini.


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Punjab Kings – 45%

Royal Challengers Bangalore – 55%