Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru, IPL 2024: Match Preview, Fantasy Picks, Pitch And Weather Reports

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Punjab Kings (PBKS) will be taking on Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in Match 58 of the Indian Premier League, 2024, at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala, on Thursday. Punjab Kings have played 11 matches in the series and are ranked eighth on the points table with eight points, while Royal Challengers Bengaluru have also played 11 matches and are ranked seventh on the points table also with eight points.

In their last match against Chennai Super Kings, Punjab Kings lost by 28 runs. The top fantasy player for Punjab Kings was Harshal Patel who scored 124 fantasy points.

In their last match in this series against Gujarat Titans, Royal Challengers Bengaluru won by four wickets. The top fantasy player for Royal Challengers Bengaluru was Faf du Plessis who scored 98 fantasy points.

Pitch Report and Weather Conditions

The pitch at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala, will allow for good stroke play and the batters will find it easy to bat on the surface. The surface will only allow a little assistance to the bowlers and wicket-taking is going to take a lot of work. The average first-innings score at this venue in the last 20 matches is 133 runs. The pitch is balanced with decent assistance for both batters and bowlers on offer. The team winning the toss may decide to bat or bowl depending on the ground conditions.

Pace or Spin?

The pacers have been very successful at this venue. They have taken 80% of the total wickets at this venue. We would suggest that you pick as many pace bowlers as possible in your team. Based on the stats available, we predict that the pitch will continue to assist the pacers.

Weather Report

The temperature is expected to be around 24 degree C and humidity is expected to be around 36%. 5.02 m/s winds are expected.

Head-to-Head

In the 32 matches played between these two teams, Royal Challengers Bengaluru’s batters have earned the most fantasy points for their team, while the bowlers have earned the most fantasy points for Punjab Kings.

Fantasy Top Captain and Vice-Captain Picks

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli is a batter with an average of 80 fantasy points in the last 10 games, a fantasy rating of 10 and can be a good pick for your Dream11 Team. He is a top-order batter who bats right-handed. In the last 11 matches, has scored 542 runs averaging 67.8 per match.

William Jacks

Will Jacks is a high-risk, high-returns player for your Fantasy Team. He has an average of 63 fantasy points in the last 10 games and a fantasy rating of 9.7. He is a top-order, right-handed batter. Jacks has scored 177 runs averaging 35.4 per match in the recent six matches.

Sam Curran

Sam Curran is a very consistent player in terms of fantasy points. He has an average of 55 fantasy points in the last 10 games and a fantasy rating of 8.5. He is a left-handed batter. In the recently played 11 matches, Sam has scored 185 runs averaging 20.6 per match. He also bowls decently, bowling left-arm medium-fast and in recent matches, he has taken 13 wickets at an average of 26.3 per match.

Jonny Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow is a wicket-keeper with an average of 54 fantasy points in the last 10 games, a fantasy rating of 8.5 and is a high-risk, high-returns player for your Fantasy Team. He is a top-order batter who bats right-handed and also keeps wickets. In the last nine matches, Bairstow has scored 257 runs at an average of 32.1 per match.

Harshal Patel

Harshal Patel can be a good safe pick for your Dream11 Team. He has an average of 52 fantasy points in the last 10 games and a fantasy rating of 8.4. Harshal bowls right-arm medium and in the last 11 matches, he has taken 17 wickets at an average of 21.3.

Faf du Plessis

Faf du Plessis is a fairly consistent player in terms of fantasy points. He has an average of 50 fantasy points in the last 10 games and a fantasy rating of 9.7. Faf du Plessis is a top-order, right-handed batter. In the last 11 matches, he has scored 352 runs averaging 32 per match.

Harpreet Brar

Harpreet Brar can be a differential pick for your Dream11 Team. He has an average of 32 fantasy points in the last 10 games and a fantasy rating of 8.1. Brar bowls slow left-arm orthodox and in the last 11 matches, he has taken six wickets at an average of 42.8.

Yash Dayal

Yash Dayal is a bowler with an average of 31 fantasy points in the last 10 games, a fantasy rating of 7 and is a good-to-have player for your Fantasy Team. He bowls left-arm medium-fast and in the recently played 10 matches, he has taken 10 wickets at an average of 33.8.

Rahul Chahar

Rahul Chahar is a bowler with an average of 26 fantasy points in the last 10 games, a fantasy rating of 7.7 and is a very inconsistent player in terms of fantasy points and can be a differential pick in your team. He bowls leg-break googly and has taken eight wickets at an average of 20.4 in the recent six matches.

Fantasy Team

Wicket-Keeper: Dinesh Karthik and Prabhsimran Singh

Batters: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis and Shashank Singh

All-Rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Sam Curran and Cameron Green

Bowlers: Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh and Yash Dayal

Captain: Virat Kohli

Vice-Captain: Harshal Patel

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Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru, IPL 2024: Match Preview, Fantasy Picks, Pitch And Weather Reports

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