RCB vs PBKS head to head
Harpreet Brar celebrates after dismissing AB de Villiers - Photo courtesy: IPL Facebook page

RCB vs PBKS IPL 2021: Stats, Head to head Records and IPL History

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RCB vs PBKS head to head could serve a great thriller.

Royal Challengers Bangalore will eye revenge when they take on Punjab Kings in match 33 of IPL 2021 at Ahmedabad on Thursday. PBKS had beaten RCB by 34 runs in the first-leg clash, thanks to the all-round performance by Harpreet Brar. With 2 vital points at stake, both teams will bring their ace game when RCB vs PBKS head-to-head second-leg clash gets underway on Thursday.

Here’s a look at the RCB vs PBKS head to head stats.

RCB vs PBKS head to head

Royal Challengers Bangalore Punjab Kings
27Matches played27
12Won15
226/3Highest total232/2
109Lowest total88
Chris Gayle’s 117Highest individual scoreKL Rahul’s 132*
Sreenath Aravid’s 4/14Best bowling figuresPiyush Chawla’s 4/17

Trivia

Chris Gayle, the former RCB player, has a highest IPL score of 99* against RCB while playing for Punjab Kings. But as a RCB player, he has scored 2 tons against Punjab Kings.

As a RCB player, Sreenath Aravind has 2 four-wicket hauls against Punjab Kings. Similarly, as a Punjab Kings player, Yusuf Abdulla has 2 four-wicket hauls against RCB.

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Glenn Maxwell, who was a Punjab player in IPL 2020, was dismissed for a golden duck in his first match against his former team in IPL 2021.

RCB team news

Squad: Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, Finn Allen, AB de Villiers, Pavan Deshpande, Washington Sundar, Daniel Sams, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Harshal Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Daniel Christian, Suyash Prabhudessai, K.S. Bharat

PBKS team news

Squad: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Prabsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar

Players to watch out for in RCB vs PBKS head to head

AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers – Photo courtesy: IPL Facebook page

ABD is the in-form batsman for RCB and could turn the game at any stage. He could not get going in the RCB vs PBKS head-to-head first-leg clash and would look to make amends in the return clash. ABD, who bats at no 5, is the key to RCB’s batting, whether it is setting up a total or chasing down a target. He has done both this season and would again look to do an encore.

Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle – Photo courtesy: IPL Facebook page

In the absence of KL Rahul, who is undergoing surgery for appendicitis, Gayle would look to give Punjab a bright start. He played an exciting cameo of 24-ball 46 in the first-leg clash and would look to get a tall score against his former team in the return match. However, RCB would not let Gayle get off to a good start, and would look to deny boundaries balls to the West Indian in a bid to frustrate him and get him out.

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Battles within the battle in RCB vs PBKS head to head

Virat Kohli vs Harpreet Brar

Hapreet Brar celebrates after dismissing Virat Kohli in the first-leg clash in IPL 2021 – Photo courtesy: IPL Facebook page

Kohli takes great pride in his batting, and he would be disappointed to lose his wicket to a bowler who was playing his first match in IPL 2021. Harpreet Brar had not only dismissed Kohli, but also Glenn Maxwell, and AB de Villiers in a three-wicket burst. And Punjab would unleash him again against Kohli and co. Kohli would look to negate Brar’s threat early so that big hitters such as Maxwell, and ABD could make merry later on. But yes, the battle between Kohli and Brar would be one to watch out for.

Chris Gayle vs YS Chahal

Chris Gayle – Photo courtesy: IPL Facebook page

Gayle’s cameo of 46 against his former team was the gamechanger in RCB vs PBKS head-to-head first-leg clash. And Gayle would look to repeat the heroics again after he was unceremoniously snubbed by RCB in 2018. He would look to take on his ex-teammate Chahal like his did in the first-leg clash. But Chahal would have his plans in place in the return clash. Will Chahal or Gayle win this battle? Irrespective of that result, the two will flex their muscles for a snap post-match.

Probable Playing XIs in RCB vs PBKS head to head

RCB

Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers (keeper), Daniel Sams, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar, Kyle Jamieson

PBKS

Mayank Agarwal (captain), Chris Gayle, Prabsimran Singh (keeper), Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith

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