PBKS vs RCB | A new-look Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are geared up to face the Punjab Kings (PBKS) in their first game in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) on March 27 at the Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai.
RCB have played the IPL finals three times, but are yet to get their hands on the trophy. They will be led by Faf du Plessis this season after Virat Kohli relinquished captaincy following the second leg of IPL 2021. The Challengers roped in du Plessis in the mega auction at a price of INR 7 crores.
The Kings, on the other hand, haven’t qualified for the playoffs since playing the final against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) way back in 2014. The likes of David Miller, Ravi Ashwin and KL Rahul failed to turn around the fortunes of the team.
This time around, PBKS will be led by Mayank Agarwal, who has been among their leading run-scorers over the last couple of seasons in the cash-rich tournament.
Let’s look at the players who won’t be available for the PBKS vs RCB game
Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada won’t be a part of the Kings’ opening game as he’s serving a mandatory quarantine period following South Africa’s three-match ODI series against Tamim Iqbal’s Bangladesh. Rabada came to the Kings after a couple of successful seasons for the Delhi Capitals (DC) in the IPL.
England wicketkeeper-batter Jonny Bairstow also won’t be a part of the game. The veteran is currently a part of the Three Lions’ squad for the three-match Test series against the West Indies. The third and final Test of the series got underway on Thursday, March 24.
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Glenn Maxwell was one of the players RCB retained ahead of the mega auction along with Virat Kohli and Mohammed Siraj. But the Victorian won’t be a part of the opening game after getting married to Vini Raman a few days ago.
He is also not a part of Australia’s limited-overs squad for their series in Pakistan. Maxwell joined RCB last season and was one of their leading run-scorers in the tournament.
Fast bowlers Josh Hazlewood and Jason Behrendorff won’t be a part of the game either as the Australian cricketers will only be released after April 6. While Hazlewood played in the three-match Test series against Pakistan, Behrendorff is Australia’s most experienced bowler in the limited-overs series.