May 13: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pubjab Kings, 60th Match, Brabourne Stadium
Safe XI: Jonny Bairstow, Faf du Plessis (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Rajat Patidar, Liam Livingstone, Glenn Maxwell, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kagiso Rabada, Josh Hazlewood (vice-capt), Rahul Chahar
Any safe fantasy team for this fixture should have du Plessis as captain considering his domination of Punjab Kings. In his last ten outings against them, he has scored 621 runs at an average of 77.63 and a strike rate of 143.09 with nine 30+ scores. He is also the fourth-leading run-scorer this season with a tally of 389 in 12 games.
The Australian pacer has been in fine form in this season taking 13 wickets in eight games at an economy of 6.81. He has been mighty impressive in the powerplay where he has taken four wickets at an economy of 5.58 as well as in middle overs (7-16) where he has taken five wickets at an economy of 4.75.
Rajat Patidar: A highly-rated domestic talent from Madhya Pradesh, Patidar had an indifferent debut season in IPL 2021. However, RCB stuck with him and are now reaping the rewards. He has recorded five 20+ scores in his last six game including 52 (32) and 48 (38).
Jonny Bairstow: The England wicketkeeper has been largely quiet this year but he got going in the last game after being reinstated at the top of the order. In three games against RCB, he has scored 187 runs at a strike rate of 166.96.
High Risk XI: Dinesh Karthik, Jonny Bairstow (vice-capt), Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Josh Hazlewood, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada (capt), Wanindu Hasaranga, Arshdeep Singh