PBKS will play their first match of IPL 2022 against RCB at DY Patil Stadium at 7:30 PM today. Both teams will be lead by relatively two new captains (Mayank Agarwal and Faf du Plessis) like the CSK vs KKR match yesterday. RCB have done well in the recent past to make it two out of two playoffs while PBKS has had the worst record in the IPL cycle from 2018-2021.
Shikhar Dhawan is expected to fill in the shoes of KL Rahul for PBKS and in this season Punjab is expected to use players like Shahrukh Khan effectively. Punjab’s pace bowling is entirely dependent on deadly proteas bowler Kagiso Rabada and Arshdeep Singh.
For RCB it will be interesting to see Faf du Plessis as skipper and how Virat Kohli plays under him while Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik are expected to be key finishers for their side. Another key factor for RCB will be the bowling duo of Harshal Patel and Mohammed Siraj. Hasaranga as an all-rounder could prove to be good player for the franchise this season.
Let’s have a look at some of the numbers and stats before start of PBKS vs RCB game:
Among Current Players
Most runs for PBKS vs RCB in IPL: Mayank Agarwal (195)
Most wickets for PBKS vs RCB in IPL: Harpreet Brar (3)
Most runs for RCB vs PBKS in IPL: Virat Kohli (741)
Most wickets for RCB vs PBKS in IPL: Harshal Patel (6)
4 – Faf du Plessis will be 4th overseas player to captain RCB in IPL after Kevin Pietersen (2009), Daniel Vettori (2011-12) and Shane Watson (2017). Also du Plessis will be 4th South Africa player to lead an IPL franchise after Shaun Pollock (2008), JP Duminy (2015-16) and David Miller (2016).
7 – Sandeep Sharma has dismissed Virat Kohli 7 times in IPL.
Bowlers to dismiss a particular batter most times in IPL:
Zaheer Khan – 7 times vs MS Dhoni
Sandeep Sharma – 7 times vs Virat Kohli
Amit Mishra – 7 times vs Rohit Sharma
Sunil Narine – 7 times vs Rohit Sharma
Ravi Ashwin – 7 times vs Robin Uthappa
61.40 – Faf du Plessis has the highest batting average (61.40) against PBKS in IPL history among players who have played atleast 10 innings.
Highest batting average vs PBKS in IPL (Min. 10 innings):
Faf du Plessis – 61.40
MS Dhoni – 55.18
Chris Gayle – 53.13
150 – Harshal Patel needs 1 more wicket to pick 150 wickets in T20 cricket.
2011 – IPL match will be played at DY Patil Stadium for the first time after May, 2011. Last an IPL match was played at DY Patil Stadium was between PWI and KKR on 19th May 2011.
2012 – Last time Virat Kohli played an IPL match (not as a captain) was against PBKS in May, 2012.
3000 – Faf du Plessis needs 65 more runs to complete 3000 runs in IPL.
4000 – Mayank Agarwal needs 83 more runs to complete 4000 runs in T20 cricket.