Indian T20 League 2021: Winnable factors for Punjab vs Bangalore
Sportsbet.io discusses the key factors for match 26 of Indian T20 League 2021 between Punjab and Bangalore.
Bat first or second
The last game in Ahmedabad had an aggregate of 340 runs, meaning a hig-scoring affair can be expected from Friday's encounter between Punjab and Bangalore. The odds favour the toss-winning captain to bat first.
Team Punjab have the biggest say in the head-to-head record against Bangalore, winning 14 of 26 matches. Additionally, they have won the last two meetings. However, the imperious form of Virat Kohli and Co. is more than enough to make them favourites in this contest.
Punjab captain KL Rahul will be the player to watch out for against his former side. The 29-year-old has a staggering record against Bangalore, amassing 371 runs in eight innings at an average of 74.2 and strike rate of 155.23. He has hit one century and one fifty against Virat Kohli's side.
On the other hand, Bangalore will once again depend on AB de Villiers to put in a match-winning performance with the bat against Punjab. The 37-year-old has a great record against KL Rahul’s side, aggregating 710 runs in 21 innings at a strike rate of 159.19 with seven fifties.
In the bowling department, Punjab pacer Mohammed Shami is expected to be Bangalore’s biggest threat on Friday. Shami has bagged nine wickets in eight innings at a strike rate of 20.67.
For Bangalore, Yuzvendra Chahal is tipped to be the wrecker-in-chief for his side against Punjab. The 30-year-old has scalped 21 wickets in 14 innings against the opposition at an economy of 7.88.
Words: William Paul
Images: Twitter / Punjab Kings