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IPL 2021 PBKS v RCB preview: Dream11 prediction, fantasy tips & probable XI for Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

PBKS RCB Dream11 Preview
by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

In the 26th game of IPL 2021, Punjab Kings (PBKS) take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) – here are some Dream11 fantasy predictions and tips for the game.

Royal Challengers Bangalore head into this contest hoping to add another win in their kitty to leapfrog Chennai Super Kings in the points table. While they have been generally ruthless this season, there are a few loopholes that haven’t yet been exploited by opposition sides. Punjab Kings, though, are in too much trouble in the season already and cannot afford another setback. They will bank on the two wins from IPL 2020 to motivate themselves for this game and try and gain two points.

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Head to head record

Overall: PBKS 14 – 12 RCB
Since 2018: PBKS 2 – 4 RCB

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PBKS RCB Dream11 Fantasy tips

  • Chris Gayle has several match-ups that go his way in this fixture if KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal can shield him from Mohammed Siraj early on. As such, Gayle is a good pick for this game and we could just witness something special from him. He’s due to make one such knock after all.
  • Given AB de Villiers’ form, he is a difficult player to omit and add in KL Rahul and Gayle, and you are likely left with no credits for Virat Kohli. But that’s fine because the surface and bowlers do not really suit Kohli. That said, it’s safer to not make de Villiers captain given the presence of Bishnoi who has a handy googly, a weakness for the South African.
  • Among the bowling group, the death bowlers should get a look in – Harshal Patel and Mohammed Shami are good picks. Ravi Bishnoi is possibly a good pick for this game considering the RCB middle-order has a weakness against the googly, Bishnoi’s stock ball. As such, it is hard to pick Arshdeep Singh, although he is a good pick.
  • Washington Sundar has been underrated in the middle overs and with a few lefties to bowl to in the middle, becomes a good pick. Deepak Hooda might also like the look of this RCB attack that does not quite have enough pace to trouble him.

Probable XI for PBKS RCB

RCB: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Washington Sundar, Daniel Sams, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj

PBKS: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Moises Henriques, Shahrukh Khan, Chris Jordan, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh

Rewind: IPL 2020 matches between PBKS & RCB

Game 1: PBKS win

Game 2: PBKS win

PBKS RCB Dream 11 Team

Potential swaps

Arshdeep for Sundar
Jordan for Shami
Patidar for AB de Villiers

Captaincy options in order

Padikkal, Harshal, Gayle, Rahul, Siraj


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