Punjab Kings will take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the third game of IPL 2022 at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Navi Mumbai. Both teams are yet to win an IPL trophy despite being part of the tournament since the inaugural edition and will be hoping to break the jinx this year. Punjab, in particular, has not made it to the playoffs for a long time now. They have named Mayank Agarwal as their new captain for this edition along with some excellent additions to the squad.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore picked up Faf du Plessis from the marquee list and named him as the skipper of the franchise. They will not have the services of AB de Villiers, who has retired from all forms of cricket but still have the likes of Glenn Maxwell and former skipper Virat Kohli. Moreover, they have added Dinesh Karthik to the squad as well to do the finishing duties. However, Kohli will always remain the talisman of the franchise and RCB will want him to have a fantastic season.
RCB: Glenn Maxwell, Josh Hazlewood, and Jason Behrendorff will be unavailable for the first week of the IPL 2022 due to the limited-overs series against Pakistan.
Punjab Kings: Jonny Bairstow will not feature in the first week due to his involvement in the ongoing Test series against West Indies.
Kagiso Rabada will also miss the first match for Punjab Kings due to the recent ODI series against Bangladesh.
Liam Livingstone is a right-handed batsman and right-arm leg-break bowler from Punjab Kings. He has scored 119 runs in his 9 matches IPL career so far and will be a good choice here.
Shikhar Dhawan is a left-handed batsman from Punjab Kings. He has hammered 5783 runs in his 192 matches IPL career so far. He will be among the top fantasy picks here.
Virat Kohli is a right-handed batsman from Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has stacked 6283 runs in his 207 matches IPL career so far. He has the potential to contribute massively here.
Faf du Plessis is a right-handed batsman from Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has smashed 2953 runs in his 100 matches IPL career so far. He will be a pretty healthy pick to consider for this game.
Wanindu Hasaranga is a right-handed batsman and right-arm leg-break bowler from Royal Challengers Bangalore. He played two matches for RCB in the last season. He will be looking to make it count in this season.
The average first innings score at DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai considering the last 5 matches played here is 150 runs.
Based on the last 5 matches played at DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai —
The wicket at the DY Patil stadium will offer help to both the batters as well as the bowlers. Anything around 160 would be a competitive total at this venue. Like other tracks in Mumbai, the chasing team will have an upper hand in the match.