Date: October 3, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
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A resurgent Punjab lock horns with high flying Bangalore in Indian T20 League 2021 on a blockbuster Sunday at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah. Punjab’s chances to make it to the playoffs will. This is a must-win game for Punjab as they try to keep their playoff hopes alive. On the other hand, Bangalore will aim to win their remaining games to solidify their 3rd position and also try to make a late push for the top-two positions.
The two teams have already met once this season in April and at that time it was the KL Rahul-led side which emerged victorious by a margin of 34 runs. Punjab scored a formidable 179/5 thanks to superb batting from skipper KL Rahul (91 off 57). Spinner Harpreet Brar's 3-wicket haul then helped Punjab restrict Bangalore to 145/8.
Position in the Indian T20 League standings:
Bangalore: Current Position: 3rd (14 points in 11 matches)
Punjab: Current Position: 5th (10 points in 12 matches)
Punjab Kings made three changes to their team in last match. With Chris Gayle leaving the bubble, Fabian Allen came in for him while Mayank Agarwal and Shahrukh Khan also came in for Mandeep Singh and Harpreet Brar. Punjab are expected to stick with their winning combination.
Bangalore have a settled team at the moment and no changes are expected in their team.
Head to Head (in Indian T20 League)
Matches Played – 27
Bangalore – 12
The Orange Cap holder has been a proven match-winner for Punjab and Team India in the past few years. He has shown exceptional consistency during this period. Punjab are highly dependent on their skipper and he will again carry a huge responsibility on his shoulders to lead his team to victory against his former club Bangalore.
Harshal Patel is at the top of his game and has performed consistently for Bangalore this season. He again starred with the ball for Bangalore in their last mach against Rajasthan as he scalped 3 wickets. The Haryana all-rounder has a tendency to keep his cool in pressure situations and always wants to contribute to the team’s cause. It will be interesting to see if he can sustain his brilliant form against Punjab.
There are few more thrilling sights than Glenn Maxwell in full flow. The Aussie all-rounder has been at the peak of his form lately. Maxwell has amassed 350 runs and smashed 33 fours and 15 maximums this season. However, Maxwell had a flop season with Punjab last year and he will eager to showcase his match-winning abilities with a good performance against his former club.
Probable Playing XI
Punjab: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian, George Garton, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal