Punjab Kings: Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will face each other in IPL today. This match is very important for Punjab Kings from the point of view of staying in the race for playoffs. Punjab has lost 6 out of 11 matches so far. They will have to win their remaining three matches to reach the playoffs easily. That is, losing even a single match from here can reduce the chances of Punjab reaching the playoffs. According to former player Akash Chopra, if Punjab wants to win this match, then it will have to perform well in batting. Aakash Chopra has also told the connection of Mayank Agarwal’s batting with the victory of Punjab.
Aakash Chopra said on his YouTube channel, ‘Punjab can win this match only on the basis of its batting. To be honest, Punjab’s bowling is very weak. It would not be a bad idea to win the toss and choose to bat first. Punjab can win only if either Mayank Agarwal does not bat or he makes a fifty.
Akash Chopra also called Mayank’s inability to score runs as a problem for Punjab. He said, ‘In the previous matches, Punjab adopted the right strategy by making Bairstow the opening partner of the summit. Later Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s explosive batting is also fine but Punjab’s problem is Mayank’s not being able to score runs.
In this season of IPL, Mayank seems completely out of rhythm. He has so far scored 176 runs at a batting average of just 19.56. During this, Mayank’s strike rate has also been within 130. He has been able to hit only one fifty in 10 matches.
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