PBKS vs RCB Pitch Report: Punjab Kings eye crucial win at pacer-friendly Dharamshala Stadium

PBKS vs RCB Pitch Report: Punjab Kings eye crucial win at pacer-friendly Dharamshala Stadium

Punjab Kings have lost the only game they have played at Dharamshala Stadium so far in IPL 2024 by 28 runs

In just the second match at Dharamshala Stadium this season, Punjab Kings are set to face Royal Challengers Bengaluru in a crucial do-or-die encounter. Both teams need a win to keep their IPL 2024 playoff hopes alive, and the bowler-friendly HPCA Stadium will play a key role in shaping the game’s outcome. Before the PBKS vs RCB clash, let’s examine how the pitch conditions might influence the game.

The hybrid pitch at Dharamshala’s HPCA Stadium, located amidst the stunning Himalayan backdrop, posed a lot of uncertainties during the first match of the season when Punjab Kings played Chennai Super Kings. It played slower than expected, with 167 runs proving enough for a successful defence. This pitch is generally known for its pace, bounce, and lateral movement, favouring the fast bowlers.

PBKS vs RCB: Dharamshala Stadium Pitch Report

Pacers thrive on this surface, especially during the powerplay, where there’s ample movement and bounce. However, spinners find little assistance from the pitch, as there’s minimal turn. Consequently, it’s a great track for batting, providing occasional bounce and movement to keep things interesting for the bowlers.

Given these conditions, the team winning the toss typically opts to bowl first and chase the target. With the match’s high stakes, both Punjab Kings and Royal Challengers Bengaluru will be looking to leverage these pitch characteristics to their advantage as they fight for a crucial win.

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Dharamshala Stadium: IPL 2024 Stats

Wickets (Pacers)11
Wickets (Spinners)7
Average 1st innings Score167
Matches Won Batting First1
Matches Won Batting Second0

Dharamshala Stadium: IPL Overall Stats

Total Matches12
Matches Won Batting First7
Matches Won Batting Second5
Average 1st innings Score179
Highest Successful Chase193
Highest Score232
Lowest Score116

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