Punjab Kings will face Royal Challengers in the third game of the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League. Royal Challengers Bangalore finished third in the group stage of the previous edition. They lost against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator which ended their hopes of the maiden title. They have a fresh set of players this season and will be led by former South African captain Faf du Plessis. RCB has the squad to go all the way this season and they will be hoping to get off to a good start. Punjab Kings have always been late bloomers, after having a horrible first leg of the previous season they came back to win multiple games in the end only for it to go in vain. They finished sixth in the points table and will be looking to go one step better this time under the leadership of Mayank Agarwal. They have a lot of well-renowned T20 stars this season and they will look to put up some good performance
Here are 3 players you can avoid in your fantasy teams for PBKS vs RCB game:
1. Prabhsimran Singh
Prabhsimran Singh has a good record in the domestic circuit and is very talented but most of his runs have come opening the batting and at Punjab Kings, he might be batting at No 4 or lower which makes him a less attractive pick for this match. In his short IPL career so far he has scored 50 runs in 5 matches at an average of 10 and a strike rate of 90. He will also have lesser overs to impact the game given the strong top order presence in this team. So it is better to avoid him for this match and go with other option in wicket keeper section.
2. Shahbaz Ahmed
Shahbaz Ahmed has been used very sparsely in the last few seasons by RCB. He bowled a total of 14 overs in the 11 matches last IPL and picked up 7 wickets. He was promoted up the order but with the team combination they have this year it won’t be a surprise if Shahbaz is kept as low as No 7 in the batting order. Also with the presence of so many bowling options his role is very limited to have an impactful performance for fantasy. Avoid picking him for this match.
3. Odean Smith
Odean Smith was grabbed by Punjab Kings in the auction for a whopping price of 6 crores and his role in this team could be the 3rd pacer and a handy finisher lower down the order. In his short T20I career so far he has been very ordinary with the ball going at 11 runs per over. While there is no doubt on his power hitting skills but IPL is a different kind of pressure league and it might not be easy to predict that he might get going from Match 1. Ignore him for this match and go with some proven performers.