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IPL 2022: PBKS vs RCB Match 3 Predicted Playing 11 for both the Teams

IPL 2022 PBKS vs RCB: Punjab Kings take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in match 3 as we look at the predicted playing 11 of both the teams. 

It’s match 3 of IPL 2022, and we now have the Punjab Kings take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Both the teams have a revamped squad and captain for this year. While Mayank Agarwal shall lead the Punjab Kings side, Faf du Plessis shall lead the Royal Challengers Bangalore side. Both have been consistent performers in their team, and that should help them to motivate their team members. 

Both Punjab Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore are yet to win an IPL Trophy. From the recent form since 2019, Punjab Kings hasn’t had good success having been unable to qualify for Playoffs even once. Whereas RCB did manage to Playoffs twice since 2019. However, with a relatively good team this time around, both would be hoping for a successful season.

From the squad standpoint, there will be a few key players missing the first and initial few matches. For Punjab Kings, Jonny Bairstow and Kagiso Rabada shall miss the first match due to Quarantine issues. For RCB, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Hazlewood, and Jason Behrendorff won’t be available for the first match.

So, let’s have a look at the best predicted playing 11 for Match 3 PBKS vs RCB for IPL 2022. Before that, let’s quickly skim through the key match details.

Match Details:

  • Type: IPL 2022 Match 3 – PBKS vs RCB
  • When: March 27, 2022
  • Where: DY Patil 
  • Time: 7:30 pm IST

IPL 2022 PBKS vs RCB: Predicted Playing XI for Punjab Kings 

Two big selection headaches for Punjab Kings ahead of the first match. On one hand, Punjab Kings’ primary keeper batter, Jonny Bairstow is not available, and on the other hand, their key pacer, Kagiso Rabada isn’t available too. However, to accommodate these changes, PBKS need to make 3 changes to their squad given there’s no other overseas keeper available with Punjab Kings. 

Prabsimran Singh should be the primary keeper of the squad in place of Jonny Bairstow, and he should play at 3 with Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan as openers. Livingstone and Rajapaksa form for good middle-order at 4 and 5 respectively. Coming to finishers, Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, and Harpreet Brad seem a good bet. Both Smith and Harpreet will also double up as bowlers.

From the bowling standpoint, PBKS would be without Kagiso Rabada for the first match due to the Quarantine rule. In place of him, PBKS will most-likely play Nathan Ellis. Apart from him, Arshdeep Singh and Rahul Chahar shall complete the rest of the bowling line-up. Overall, PBKS have a decent side with 3 pacers and 3 spinners in the mix. 

IPL 2022 PBKS vs RCB: Predicted Playing 11 for Punjab Kings

Mayank Agarwal (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Prabsimran Singh (WK), Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Rahul Chahar & Arshdeep Singh 

IPL 2022 PBKS vs RCB: Predicted Playing XI for Royal Challengers Bangalore

Just like Punjab Kings, RCB also face a big headache ahead of the first match. Their two star overseas players, Glenn Maxwell and Josh Hazlewood along with Jason Behrendorff shall not be available for the initial couple of matches. In place of the former two, RCB will most-likely play Sherfane Rutherford and David Willey with the other two overseas being Wanindu Hasaranga and Captain Faf du Plessis. 

From the batting-order standpoint, Faf du Plessis shall open alongside Anuj Rawat with Virat Kohli playing at 3. These three should be followed by Mahipal Lomror and Dinesh Karthik at 4 and 5 respectively. Sherfane Rutherford, Wanindu Hasaranga & Shahbaz Ahmed shall play as finishers with the latter two also giving good spin bowling options. 

The pace bowling should once again rely on the Indian contingent of Harshal Patel and Mohammed Siraj. These two would be supported by David Willey. Overall, the combination of 3 pacers and 3 spinners looks good for RCB. Once Josh Hazelwood is back, there’s no stopping to this bowling attack. 

IPL 2022 PBKS vs RCB: Predicted Playing 11 for Royal Challengers Bangalore

Faf du Plessis, Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik, Sherfane Rutherford, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shahbaz Ahmed, David Willey, Harshal Patel & Mohammed Siraj 

Top Fantasy Players for PBKS vs RCB: 

Batters: Faf du Plessis, Mayank Agarwal, Shikhar Dhawan & Virat Kohli

WK: Dinesh Karthik 

All-rounders: Liam Livingstone, Odean Smith & Harpreet Brar 

Bowlers: Harshal Patel, David Willey & Arshdeep Singh 

CVC Choice: Faf du Plessis & Shikhar Dhawan

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