Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the IPL 2021 match between  Royal Challengers Bangalore and Punjab Kings.

TOSS UPDATE: Virat Kohli has won the toss and RCB will bat first. No changes for RCB. PBKS have rung in three changes – Fabian Allen, Deepak Hooda, Nathan Ellis are out. Harpreet Brar, Sarfaraz Khan and Moises Henriques are in.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat(w), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian, George Garton, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

Punjab Kings (Playing XI): KL Rahul(w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Moises Henriques, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh

2:45 pm – 15 minutes to toss. Sharjah’s been a low scoring venue so far. Will today be any different? We will find out soon.

Here’s the lowdown on qualification scenarios: Royal Challengers Bangalore needs just one win in its remaining three matches to ensure a place in the playoffs, but Punjab Kings needs to keep winning to keep itself in the hunt.

PREVIEW

Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to secure its second successive appearance in the IPL playoffs when it meets Punjab Kings at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday. RCB (14 points) is coming off two convincing wins against Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals, kindling hopes of a maiden IPL title in Virat Kohli’s last season as skipper.

Central to this is Glenn Maxwell’s inspired form that has fetched back-to-back fifties. With AB de Villiers yet to fire, the possibilities seem immense for RCB. Harshal Patel’s league-leading 26 wickets and Yuzvendra Chahal’s wily wrist spin have ensured that RCB remains well-rounded.

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PBKS, on the other hand, has blown hot and cold. But Friday’s five-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders should help, for the K.L Rahul-led outfit (10 points) found a way to end on the right side of a capricious encounter and remain in the race for a playoffs spot. Nicholas Pooran’s form will however be a worry. The Caribbean big-hitter totalling just 22 runs in the last three matches.

But Shahrukh Khan, playing his first match of the second leg, showed glimpses of his bona fide ability as a T20 finisher with a nine-ball 22 against KKR. Arshdeep Singh (16 wickets) and Mohammad Shami (15 wickets) lead a bowling attack that continues to be potent.

This being an afternoon match, heat is set to be more of a factor, especially for the side fielding first. Sharjah has thus far been a low-scoring venue, making the contest all the more interesting.

IPL 2021 FULL SQUADS

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Finn Allen (wk), AB de Villiers (wk), Pavan Deshpande, Washington Sundar, George Garton, Yuzvendra Chahal, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shahbaz Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini,Dushmantha Chameera, Harshal Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Daniel Christian, Suyash Prabhudessai, K.S. Bharat

PUNJAB KINGS

KL Rahul (c&wk), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Prabsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Shahrukh Khan, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen , Saurabh Kumar

When: Sunday, Oct 3, 2021

WHAT TIME DOES TODAY’S IPL 2021 MATCH PBKS vs RCB TOSS HAPPEN?

The toss will happen at 03:00 PM

WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH IPL MATCH LIVE STREAMING ONLINE – PBKS vs RCB LIVE?

IPL 2021 will be aired Live on Star Sports channels – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD. It will be streamed live on Hotstar.

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