Match 3 of the Indian T20 League 2022 will be played between Punjab and Bangalore. Both teams have been very unlucky in the tournament. Despite having some big names, the teams are yet to win an ITL trophy.Â
Virat Kohli stepped down as Bangalore skipper last year after which the franchise named Faf du Plessis as their captain. This move could well be a big factor in giving Bangalore their first title. Faf has plenty of leadership experience and can add a lot of value to the team. As a batter as well, he will be an asset.Â
Then you have Virat Kohli and Sherfane Rutherford who are match-winners on their day. Maxwell will miss the first two games of the team. With the ball, Wanindu Hasaranga, David Willey, Mohammed Siraj and Harshal Patel are some good options.
Speaking about Punjab, they look a force to reckon with. They roped in the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Kagiso Rabada, who can be lethal on their day. A few players won’t be available but the team has their bases covered. Mayank and Dhawan will form a potent opening, while the likes of Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Shahrukh Khan can be destructive on their day.Â
The bowling will be led by Rabada, who is likely to miss the first game. Other bowling options are Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh, Odean Smith, Rahul Chahar and Rishi Dhawan. Once Rabada is back, the bowling will look lethal.
The match will be played at the DY Patil Sports Academy. The surface should have some pace and bounce that help will help the batters as well as the bowlers. Skipper winning the toss should bat first and put runs on the board.
Kagiso Rabada is likely to miss the first game as he will be in quarantine as per the Indian T20 League rules.
Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Prabhsimran Singh (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Rishi Dhawan / Benny Howell, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Sharma
Glenn Maxwell, Josh Hazlewood and Jason Behrendorff will not be available for the first two games as Australian players can join the teams only after April 6 as per CA’s mandate.Â
Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Mahipol Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, David Willey / Finn Allen, Harshal Patel, Karn Sharma / Siddarth Kaul, Mohammad Siraj
Punjab vs Bangalore Head to head
Played – 28
Punjab Won – 15
Bangalore Won -1 3
Punjab vs Bangalore Match Details
Venue:Â Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai
Date & Time:Â March 27th at 7:30 PM IST and local time
Live Streaming:Â Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar