IPL 2024: RCB seek home comfort against Punjab Kings after losing start | Cricket News

Mar25,2024


Faf and company will play the next three matches in Bengaluru, full of confidence Punjab is in first place
Bengaluru: A good start usually sets the tone for the season, and it's up to him Royal Challengers Bangalore Took a wrong step. They lost their first match of the IPL season against Chennai Super Kings on Friday. But Faf du Plessis and his men have a golden opportunity to put things right as they will play their next three matches at home.
First, they will face Punjab Kings M Chinnaswamy Stadium Here on Monday. The visitors will be high on confidence after their four-wicket win over Delhi Capitals on Saturday. If RCB, who won three out of seven matches at the venue last season, are to do well in the 17th edition, they will have to count on their home advantage at a venue that is primarily a batting paradise.

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RCB has the batsmen to take advantage of such situations.
Virat KohliWho batted for about 30 minutes in the nets on Sunday. Glen Maxwell And captain Faf du Plessis forms the backbone of the line-up. With Cameron Green and Rajat Patidar in the middle order, this trio, which showed great form last season, can play freely.
After being reduced to 78/5 against CSK, Bengaluru's top five will be determined to perform well in front of their home fans. It is also fair to say that RCB has better batting depth compared to last season. Anuj Rawat's 48 off 25 balls in the last game will inspire confidence, while the experienced Dinesh Karthik has proved to be a good finisher.

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Green is another middle-order batsman who has the ability to win matches single-handedly. Patidars will also be keen to make an impact.
On paper, it is going to be an interesting encounter between the RCB batsmen and Punjab's all-round bowling unit. The away team has a potent pace attack, in the form of Sam Curran, Kagiso Rabada and Arshdeep Singh. The spin pair of Rahul Chahar and Harpreet Brar provides balance.
Meanwhile, their new acquisition Harshal Patel, who was surprisingly released by RCB before the last auction, has brought an interesting sub-plot. The death over specialist knows his opponent well and will be keen to prove his point on a ground where he has been successful. On the other hand, the host team will have to improve its bowling plan considerably.
Mohammed Siraj's ability to take early wickets is important, but death bowling remains a serious concern, where Alzarri Joseph needs to perform well. Leg spinner Karn Sharma, who had an economy rate of over 10.37 last season, is their key spinner, while slow left-arm Mayank Dagar lacks IPL experience.
With such a low-class attack, the Punjab batsmen Shikhar DhawanLiam Livingstone, Jonny Bairstow and other players will be eager to dominate.



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