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Do-or-Die clash in Dharamshala: RCB and PBKS Fight for IPL 2024 survival

Do-or-Die clash in Dharamshala: RCB and PBKS Fight for IPL 2024 survival

With both teams fighting for survival, a close and exciting match is anticipated. RCB's recent batting form gives them a slight edge, but PBKS' home strength cannot be ignored.

The upcoming encounter between Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) and Punjab Kings (PBKS) in Dharamshala is a must-win clash for both sides. This 58th match of the IPL 2024 season carries immense weight, as the loser will likely be eliminated from playoff contention.

Tale of Two Halves for RCB

RCB performance has been a tale of two halves. After a sluggish start, their batting unit has recently found its groove. Since a narrow loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad, their top order, consisting of Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli, Will Jacks, and Rajat Patidar, has provided much-needed stability.

Faf Du Plessis’ resurgence has been instrumental, providing quick runs in the powerplay and allowing middle-order batsmen like Will Jacks and Patidar to flourish. This newfound momentum could propel them to victory in this crucial match.

Virat Kohli finding freedom

With a reliable top order, Virat Kohli has been freed to play his natural game. His strike rate has jumped significantly in recent matches, reflecting the greater confidence instilled by a solid batting line-up.

PBKS: Travelers vs Home Team

Punjab Kings have displayed a contrasting pattern. While they have performed well away from home, their record at home venues has been disappointing.

This match, marks their final home game in Dharamshala for IPL 2024, and they will be desperate to turn things around.

More on IPL 2024:

Recent IPL 2024 form analysis: PBKS vs RCB

  • RCB: WWWLL (last five matches)
  • PBKS: LWWLL (last five matches)

PBKS vs RCB Prediction: Close Contest

With both teams fighting for survival, a close and exciting match is anticipated. RCB’s recent batting form gives them a slight edge, but PBKS’ home strength cannot be ignored. The team that handles the pressure better on the night will emerge victorious.

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