Shikhar Dhawan in doubt for big clash
- Run-scoring game on the cards in Mohali.
- Will RCB rejig their combination?
Both teams have contrasting recent results, with the Punjab Kings coming off a win against the Lucknow Super Giants, while the Royal Challengers Bangalore lost their most recent match against the Chennai Super Kings. Punjab Kings have odds of 2.01 to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore.
RCB have had a mixed run of match in this IPL and lost a close game against Chennai Super Kings. Their bowling remains a cause for concern, but the batting is shaping up well. RCB have odds of 1.77 to beat Punjab Kings.
Head-to-head record, PBKS v RCB
The head-to-head record is close with Punjab Kings winning 17 matches and RCB winning 13. Notably, Punjab also hold the aces in recent records with five wins in their last six games against RCB.
The toss can play a crucial role in the outcome of the match. The team that wins the toss will likely choose to bat first as Mohali is known to be a high-scoring ground. However, both teams have strong batting and bowling line-ups, so the decision may vary.
Both teams have strong squads, but the Punjab Kings have a slight advantage due to their home ground advantage. That said, RCB have better balance and more in-form players.
Considering the pitch conditions, the average score in this match is expected to be around 170-180 runs. However, both teams have the potential to score more if they play to their strengths.
Pitch and conditions
The match will be played at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali, which is known for its high-scoring matches. The pitch is expected to be flat and batsmen-friendly, which means that bowlers will need to be creative with their variations to restrict the opposition batsmen.
Players to keep an eye on…
PBKS Predicted playing XI:
Atharva Taide/Shikhar Dhawan, Prabhsimran Singh, Matthew Short, Harpreet Singh, Sikandar Raza, Sam Curran (c), Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh
RCB Predicted playing XI:
Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wayne Parnell, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Suyash Prabhudessai, Vijaykumar Vyshak
Sikandar Raza: With his aggressive approach in the middle overs, the Zimbabwe all-rounder could be handy with the bat, but also watch out for his bowling against RCB batters who struggle against off-spin.
Glenn Maxwell: Maxwell has been in great form this season, with his all-round performances helping the Royal Challengers Bangalore win matches. He will be the key player for RCB in this match at a familiar venue for him.
IPL 2023, Match 27 predictions
Based on all of the above factors, we predict that Royal Challengers Bangalore will win the match.Recommended Bet by 10CRIC
PBKS v RCB Betting tips
Apart from betting on RCB to win the match, check our other recommended bet about RCB’s top batter.
Glenn Maxwell has returned to form and having played previously for Punjab, is familiar with the venue and conditions. Back Maxwell at 6.35 to be RCB’s top batter!