Mayank Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh: Punjab Kings have made as many as three changes to their Playing XI for this match.
During the 26th match of the ongoing 14th season of the Indian Premier League between Punjab Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ahmedabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has won the toss and chose to field.
“More confident now, we gonna bowl first. So the game last night, short boundary on one side. The pitch was two paced last night, so we want to bowl first. We have stepped in with six or seven bowling options each game, so that gives me a lot of comfort and space. The bowlers have been on their mark, all credit to them,” Kohli told Star Sports at the toss.
Being asked about the changes made to their Playing XI, Kohli announced that they have made a like-for-like replacement in including Shahbaz Ahmed for Washington Sundar.
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Punjab Kings captain Lokesh Rahul, on the other hand, laid emphasis on learning from their mistakes especially for a young team like theirs.
“We have always found ourselves in this position, we just have to go out there and put up a show tonight. It’s [inconsistency] something we have spoken about. We are a young group of guys except for Chris, but it’s important that we learn from our mistakes.” Rahul told Star Sports at the toss.
Having lost four out of their four matches, Kings have made as many as three changes to their Playing XI as opening batsman Prabhsimran Singh, all-rounder Harpreet Brar and fast bowler Riley Meredith have come in for opening batsman Mayank Agarwal, all-rounder Moises Henriques and fast bowler Arshdeep Singh.
“We have three changes. [Moises] Henriques and Arshdeep [Singh] are out, Mayank [Agarwal] is not feeling too well as he got hit in the last game,” Rahul said about the changes made to their Playing XI.
In six IPL innings this season, Agarwal had scored 161 runs at an average and strike rate of 26.83 and 127.77 respectively. Arshdeep, on the other hand, had picked eight wickets at an average of 21.42, an economy rate of 8.18 and a strike rate of 15.71.