RCB 19/1 (2.2 ov, Virat Kohli 10*, Vidwath Kaverappa 1/11) – Live – Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru, Indian Premier League 2024 2024, 58th Match Match Live Score, Summary

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Kaverappa takes the new ball. He’s on IPL debut.

aariz: “Kind of a dumb decision to drop Rabada. They should have replaced ROussow with Livingstone instead and if they wanted to rest Rabada or if he had a niggle, they should have brought Woakes.”

Right-arm fast-bowler Vidwath Kaverappa will be playing for Punjab. No Harpreet or Jitesh in the XI either.

Suresh: “A Karnataka bowler debuting for Punjab against Bangalore…”

Mustafa Moudi: “Rabada’s record against RCB – 8 matches, 18 wickets at 12.50 and ER of 7.03. Also the Cricinfo preview says he has dismissed both RCB openers 4 Times each in T20s. Strange decision to drop him tonight!”

RCB: F du Plessis*, V Kohli, WG Jacks, RM Patidar, MK Lomror, C Green, KD Karthik†, Swapnil Singh, KV Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, LH Ferguson

PBKS: JM Bairstow†, SM Curran*, Prabhsimran Singh, RR Rossouw, LS Livingstone, Shashank Singh, AR Sharma, RD Chahar, HV Patel, Arshdeep Singh, V Kaverappa.

So RCB remove an overseas batter and bring in an overseas bowler. And PBKS do the opposite. Weird/Interesting that Curran thought there will be some help for seamers up top, and yet Rabada was left out for Livingstone. Maybe there’s a niggle we don’t know about? Maxwell being replaced by Ferguson adds a bit more to the RCB bowling.

7pm, toss: Punjab Kings bowl first.

Curran: Looks like they’ve watered the wicket a bit, might do something early, so put RCB under pressure. Chasing not a big factor, we lost last game chasing. Just want new-ball wickets. Hopefully it nips around. Few new guys today hopefully will bring us together. Rather lose close games than lose big defeats. Couple of changes: Livingstone comes in for Rabada. He strenghtens our batting. And we haven’t decided our impact.

du Plessis: Would’ve done the same. It has been a great turnaround for us, we want to do what we want to do. Style of play has shown our skills. No use focusing on the table. One change, Maxwell out for Lockie Ferguson.”

Pitch report: Same pitch as the game where PBKS failed to chase CSK’s target of 168. But that was a day game. Boundary distances fairly even on either side, and there’s talk that bowlers will get assistance (spin and pace) on this dry-ish pitch. Past games also suggest dew is a factor later in Dharamsala.

Walt: “Time to throw caution to the wind and throw everything at it? ” — Letting everything go is definitely a good philosophy when visiting this hill station

Kumar: ” Hoping for a 180-180 match. May the better team win”

Amith: “Wish RCB’s overseas bowlers had delivered during the first half of the season… they might have been in a much better spot… Joseph, Lockie and Topley have all been disappointing to say the least”

6.45pm Who are favourites to win today? Ask me, and I’d say RCB despite playing away from home. Three wins in their last three games have given their season some shine, and they’d want to end the season far away from last place. PBKS have fallen short everytime you thought they were one win away from turning their season around. With three losses in their last five matches, they’re facing familiar problems. More from S Sudarshanan in the match preview.

johal: “@Amith : Same with PBKS I wish their overseas batters or even anyone from top 4 delivered in the first half they would have been the top team “

Cricfan: “Despite the overall results, I think RCB has a strong core. They probably need – (i) 2 good spinners including a wrist spinner, (ii) 2 high pace bowlers as replacement to Lockie who is not in form, and (iii) probably a left handed batter such as Venkatesh Iyer for variety.

Phani: “I was the first one to complain during that period of this IPL where every innings was going for 230 easily. I am a bowler’s fan.But what we witnessed yesterday was surreal, it has nothing to do with short boundaries, flat wickets, etc. Self confidence, attacking mindset, skill and hardwork!”

6.35pm Nearly 18 sixes per match. One six every 13 balls. The ball has cleared the boundary at an unprecedented rate this season, and the records are tumbling. Here’s a detailed look at how IPL 2024 set a new benchmark in six hitting.

6.30pm It takes us 58 games to get to our first knock-out fixture of IPL 2024. Today’s losing side will exit the field knowing there is no more coming back this season. They will join Mumbai Indians on the elimination bench.

Things don’t look great for the winner either; today’s victory only gives them breathing room of a few more days unless results miraculously go their way over the next week. Nonetheless, it’s good to enjoy while it lasts. Welcome to Punjab Kings (8th) vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru (7th) in Dharamsala. Sreshth Shah over here with Alan Gardner joining us later.

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