So, for a second year straight Royal Challengers Bangalore have qualified for the play-offs, they won this match because of Maxwell's brilliance with the bat, Yuzvendra Chahal's crucial wicket-taking overs and a bit of Punajb batters' inability to to perform. That's it from us tonight from Sharjah, the second match has started and you can follow the LIVE UPDATES HERE.
RCB vs PBKS Latest Updates: PBKS 158/6 after 20 overs: Punjab Kings fall short by 6 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore here, which means Virat Kohli's team are through to the play-offs.
IPL 2021 Live Score: PBKS 146/6 after 19.1 overs: WICKET!! Sharukh Khan has to depart after a quick piece of fielding by Harshal Patel.
IPL 2021, RCB vs PBKS Live Score: PBKS 146/5 after 19 overs: Not the over Punjab would have hoped for as they could score only 8 runs. 19 runs from the last six, a big ask for the batters there.
RCB vs PBKS Latest Updates: PBKS 138/5 after 18 overs: Harshal Patel bowled his third over of the match there and conceded 10 runs because of the massive six that Shahrukh Khan hit over the midwicket region.
IPL 2021 Live Score: PBKS 128/5 after 17 over: A good over for Royal Challengers Bangalore comes to an end. George Garton bowled his final over there and gave away just 7 runs and also picked up Markram's wicket. Shahrukh Khan and Moises Henriques are there in the middle now for Punjab.
IPL 2021, RCB vs PBKS Live Score: PBKS 127/5 after 16.5 overs: WICKET!!! Aiden Markram's day comes to an end as George Garton gets the important wicket to put RCB right on top.
RCB vs PBKS Latest Updates: PBKS 121/4 after 16 overs: A brilliant Yuzvendra Chahal spell comes to an end where he picked up three wickets conceding just 29 runs. He could have had a third wicket in this over but the ball was just out of his reach.
IPL 2021 Live Score: PBKS 121/4 after 15.5 over: WICKET!! another one for Yuzvendra Chahal as he rattles Sarfaraz Khan's off stump with a beautiful legbreak.
IPL 2021, RCB vs PBKS Live Score: PBKS 114/3 after 15.2 overs: WICKET!!! The big one! Yuzvendra Chahal removes Mayank Agarwal who was looking in great touch.
RCB vs PBKS Latest Updates: PBKS 113/2 after 15 overs: Mohammed Siraj was brought back by Virat Kohli and he was hit for 11 runs. Both Mayank and MArkram hit him for boundaries in this over.
IPL 2021 Live Score: PBKS 102/2 after 14 over: Punjab Kings' runflow has choked because fo the two wickets they lost in quick succession. George Garton bowled his third pover here and conceded just 2 runs. PBKS need to punp up their run rate if they want to have a chance of winning the match.
IPL 2021, RCB vs PBKS Live Score: PBKS 100/2 after 13 overs: A total of 6 runs scored but most importantly for Royal Challengers Bangalore, a wicket taken, that of Nicholas Pooran. Yuzi gets a wicket in his third overof the match.
RCB vs PBKS Latest Updates: PBKS 99/2 after 12.5 overs: WICKET!!! Nicholas Pooran's day comes to an end as he skies one while trying to sweep Yuzvendra Chahal. Padikkal with an easy catch.
IPL 2021 Live Score: PBKS 94/1 after 12 over: Harshal Patel bowled yet another economical over for Royal Challengers Bangalore as he gave away just two runs in his second of the night.
IPL 2021, RCB vs PBKS Live Score: PBKS 92/1 after 11 overs: It was a bit of an expensive over bowled by Shahbaz Ahmed where he gave away 11 runs but RCB won't mid as he picked up the crucial wicket of KL Rahul.
RCB vs PBKS Latest Updates: PBKS 91/1 after 10.5 overs: WICKET!!! Royal Challengers Bangalore finally have the breakthrough they needed so much. Shahbaz Ahmed removes KL Rahul
IPL 2021 Live Score: PBKS 81/0 after 10 over: 9 runs came off Yuzvendra Chahal's second over.
IPL 2021, RCB vs PBKS Live Score: PBKS 72/0 after 9 overs: A good comeback over bowled by Shabza Ahmed theer as he conceded just 5 runs. We have seen so many wickets fall after the break thatit was not surprising that KL and MAyank chose to play a bit cautiously
RCB vs PBKS Latest Updates: PBKS 67/0 after 8 overs: Dan Christian was introduced by Virat Kohli who replaced Harshal Patel. The veteran Australian was hit for 11 runs, mostly by Mayank Agarwal.
IPL 2021 Live Score: PBKS 56/0 after 7 over: Yuzvendra Chahal was handed over the ball by Virat Kohli as RCB look for the breakthrough. Chahal bowled a decent over and gave away just 7 runs.
IPL 2021, RCB vs PBKS Live Score: PBKS 49/0 after 6 overs: Harshal Patel, the Purple Cap holder was introduced by Virat Kohli and he almost got the wicket of Mayank Agarwal but the ball fell just short of Harshal. Only three runs were scored by PBKS batters in this ovcer.
RCB vs PBKS Latest Updates: PBKS 46/0 after 5 overs: Shabaz Ahmed was brought into the attack by Virat Kohli and he was welcomed with a maximum by Mayank Agarwal. Mayank hit him for a boundary between cover and cover point on the third ball of the over. Three more runs were scored in the remaining deliveries.
IPL 2021 Live Score: PBKS 33/0 after 4 over: Another big over for Punjab Kings as they hit George Garton for 14 runs in his second over of the match. This time it was Mayank who hit the maximum. The rest were all singles and doubles.
IPL 2021, RCB vs PBKS Live Score: PBKS 19/0 after 3 overs: A much-needed big over for Punjab Kings as a total of 12 runs were scored from the third. In this over we saw a four down the thirdman and massive six which hit the billboard by KL Rahul.
RCB vs PBKS Latest Updates: PBKS 7/0 after 2 overs: George Garton bowled the second over of the second innings and he gave away just 4 runs. It has been a calm start for PBKS but they can't afford to continue this for much long.
IPL 2021 Live Score: PBKS 3/0 after 1 over: A good over bowled by Siraj there, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal could only score 3 runs from it.
IPL 2021 Live Score: RCB 164/7 after 20 overs: Royal Challengers Bangalore set a target of 165 runs for Punjab Kings on this tricky Sharjah pitch. This is also the highest scored here in this year's IPL.
IPL 2021, RCB vs PBKS Live Score: RCB 163/7 after 19.5 overs: A third wicket for Mohammed Shami in this over, George Garton departs for a duck.
RCB vs PBKS Latest Updates: RCB 163/6 after 19.4 overs: WICKET!! Mohammed Shami gets his second wicket of the over, Shahbaz Ahmed departs after scoring 8
IPL 2021, RCB vs PBKS, Live Score: Shahbaz Nadeem provided Royal Challengers Bangalore the much-needed breakthrough by removing Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul for 39 after which Punjab kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. Nicholas Pooran was the next to depart, followed by Mayank Agarwal after scoring a well-made 50. Aiden Markram too departed leaving Shahrukh Khan and Moises Henriques to do the job for Punjab.
One win and Royal Challengers Bangalore will have booked their playoffs berth in the ongoing IPL 2021. They have three matches remaining of which they just need to win one and considering the all-round performances in their last two matches resulting in impressive wins, they would be favourites to beat an inconsistent Punjab Kings on Sunday.
In their previous match, against Rajasthan Royals, RCB sailed to a seven-wicket win. They made one change to their playing XI, giving debut to left-arm pacer George Garton who took a wicket but leaked 30 runs in his three overs.
The fact that the next match is being played in Sharjah where scoring runs freely has proved difficult, RCB may want to bring back Wanindu Hasaranga in place of Garton and the Sri Lankan spinner can team up with in-form Yuzvendra Chahal to form a lethal pair.
The only two players in their eleven who may are prone to be benched, as of now, are Daniel Christian and Garton with the rest being automatic choices thanks to their performances in the UAE leg so far. But then again, will they want to disturb the winning combination?
RCB vs PBKS Telecast
The Star Sports Networks has the broadcasting rights for today’s Royal Challengers Bangalore and Punjab Kings match in India.
RCB vs PBKS Live Streaming
The match between RCB vs PBKS is available to be streamed live on Disney+ Hotstar and Jio TV as well.
RCB vs PBKS Match Details
The RCB vs PBKS match of the IPL 2021 will be played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah on Sunday, October 3, at 03:30 PM IST.
RCB vs PBKS Dream11 Team Prediction
Captain: Virat Kohli
Vice-Captain: Mayank Agarwal
Suggested Playing XI for RCB vs PBKS Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Wicketkeepers: Srikar Bharat, KL Rahul
Batters: Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, Aiden Markram
All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell
Bowlers: Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
RCB vs PBKS Probable XIs:
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian, George Garton, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen/ Moises Henriques, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Sing