Punjab Kings will host Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first game of the doubleheader today (April 20), in Mohali, which will be followed by Kolkata Knight Riders facing off against Delhi Capitals in Delhi – here’s PBKS v RCB & DC v KKR prediction and all you need to know, including team news.
PBKS v RCB: Follow the live scorecard here
DC v KKR: Follow the live scorecard here
The first game will begin at 3.30 pm (10 am GMT), with the second match at 7.30 pm GMT (2 pm GMT).
PBKS vs RCB, DC v KKR: IPL 2023 team news
Punjab had started off successive wins before losing their next two games, against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Titans. But they bounced back strongly, with a close win over Lucknow Super Giants. Captain Shikhar Dhawan, who had missed the last game due to an injury, is expected to return for the game. Liam Livingstone is yet to play for the team this year after pulling a muscle at training.
RCB have lost three of their last four games, despite some inspired batting efforts. Their bowling remains a concern. Faf du Plessis injured his rib in the last game, and may miss out on Thursday.
KKR and DC are both on the back of losing streaks. Delhi have lost all five games of the season so far, and have looked unsettled and short on confidence. Kolkata, on the other hand, have also lost two in two, despite scoring 205-7 and 185-6. Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s spot may come under the scanner, with Jason Roy slotting in.
IPL 2023: Tomorrow’s matches
CSK v SRH – 7.30pm IST
IPL 2023: Yesterday’s matches
RR v LSG – Lucknow Super Giants won by 10 runs
PBKS v RCB, DC v KKR: Predicted XIs for today’s IPL match
PBKS XI: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prabhsimran Singh, Matthew Short, Sikandar Raza, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Sam Curran, Harpreet Brar, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh
RCB XI: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c) (if not fit, then Finn Allen), Mahipal Lomror, Glenn Maxwell (c if du Plessis does not play), Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Wayne Parnell, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Vijaykumar Vyshak, Mohammed Siraj
DC XI: David Warner (c), Mitchell Marsh, Yash Dhull, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav, Aman Khan, Abishek Porel (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Mustafizur Rahman
KKR XI: Jason Roy, N Jagadeesan (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana (c), Shardul Thakur, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy
PBKS v RCB, DC v KKR: IPL prediction for today’s match 27 & 28
Bangalore’s batting power makes them a force to reckon with, but their bowling has been a huge letdown. Mohammed Siraj has been firing in the powerplay – bowling 50 dots in 12 overs – and it will be crucial he gives the team an explosive start.
Delhi, on the other hand, look without answers with constant changes to their XI through the season with five successive defeats. Kolkata’s top order has not fired so far, with Andre Russell yet to strike big as well.
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