IPL 2023 has entered an exciting week where the last year’s runner-ups are leading the point table and surprisingly Delhi Capitals are at the bottom.
On Thursday, Punjab Kings will be hosting Royal Challengers Bangalore at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium. Both teams are in close competition in the tournament with a point differential of two points.
With a net run rate of -0.109 and 3 wins, Punjab Kings is currently at the fifth spot in the IPL 2023 point table.
Royal Challengers Bangalore is finding it difficult to make things better this season. They are currently in the 7th position with 4 points and a net run rate of -0.318.
Punjab Kings started their IPL 2023 campaign with a win but they have found themselves in a difficult situation after losing two consecutive games. Their fifth fixture was against LSG which finished in favour of PBKS.
Team Management will be concerned about the declining form of the batting lineup where except for skipper Shikhar Dhawan, no other player has performed well enough.
Sikandar Raza played a crucial role in recent games and will be expected to be featured regularly in the playing XI.
Predicted Lineup: Sikandar Raza, Arshdeep Singh, Atharva Taide, Matthew Short, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Singh, Harpreet Brar, Jitesh Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Sam Curran
Royal Challengers Bangalore gave positive hope to its fans by winning the first fixture of the tournament, but soon they lost two consecutive games. A win against DC was a sign of positivity but RCB lost their previous fixture against CSK.
The primary concern for the RCB’s team management is the weak bowling lineup which is failing to break partnerships in every spell.
RCB bowlers have shown inconsistency in the tournament but they will have to pull up their socks before it gets too late.
Predicted Lineup: Vyshak Vijaykumar, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Virat Kohli, Wayne Parnell, Dinesh Karthik, Faf du Plessis, Mahipal Lomror, Glenn Maxwell, Harshal Patel, Wanidu Hasaranga
Both teams are evenly matched when it comes to batting depth. However, PBKS has the upper hand as they have a better bowling structure. We predict a win for Punjab Kings on Thursday.