PBKS vs DC: Punjab Kings will take on Delhi Capitals in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.
Both KL Rahul-led Punjab Kings and Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals will head into Sunday’s fixture fresh from convincing wins against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders respectively.
While Punjab Kings are placed at the fifth spot in the points table with three wins in seven games, Delhi Capitals, meanwhile are placed at the second spot with ten points in their account. They have claimed five wins so far from seven games.
Punjab Kings recorded a brilliant win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous game and that will give them plenty of confidence. Skipper KL Rahul has been the in-form player and holds the Orange Cap at the moment. However, their other players in the middle order also need to contribute more to the team.
Nicholas Pooran has disappointed the most from their squad as he went out for a duck in the previous match, making it his fourth overall duck in the ongoing season. Punjab needs to give him more time in the nets and bring Malan, the number one T20I batsman, who is currently warming the bench and has not played a single game yet.
We don’t see any major changes in their bowling department after Harpreet Brar joined the playing XI. Ravi Bishnoi is doing well too. However, Mohammed Shami needs to work on his lengths and line as he is being pretty economical from the last few matches.
Talking about Delhi Capitals, they are playing smart cricket and look like a strong contender that can lift the IPL 2021 trophy this year. The manner in which they thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders in the previous match highlighted the strength they possess.
They have a terrific batting unit and the opening duo of Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan hold the key. Coming to their bowling department, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel and Lalit Yadav are giving their best to the team. However, Kagiso Rabada needs to come up more strongly. Rishabh Pant is learning as a skipper with each passing game as DC need to be lauded for their approach.
Notably, it will be there the second face-off in the ongoing season of the IPL, the last time these sides met in the IPL 2021, the openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw thrashed Punjab and paved the way for a big win in Mumbai.
PBKS vs DC Match Details
- Match: Punjab Kings vs Delhi Capitals, Match 29
- Date: Sunday, May 2, 2021
- Time: 7:30 PM (IST)
- Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
PBKS vs DC Weather & Pitch Report
From what we are witnessing from the last few days, the pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium is on the slower side, with the bowlers getting some help off the surface. The spinners should come into play as the match progresses, with the batsmen likely to target the straight boundaries against them.
Both teams will ideally want to chase, given the dew factor in the second innings. Although 160-170 should be par at the venue, both teams are capable of breaching the 180-run mark with ease.
The weather in Ahmedabad is expected to be extremely hot with temperatures hovering around 39 degrees Celsius. While there are no chances of rain interruptions in the match, heavy dew could play a major role in determining the winner of the match.
PBKS vs DC Head-to-Head
Punjab Kings & Delhi Capitals Form
Punjab Kings Form
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PBKS vs DC Predicted Playing XI
KL Rahul (C & WK), Mayank Agarwal/Prabhsimran Singh, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran/Dawid Malan, Harpreet Brar, Shahrukh Khan, Chris Jordan, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh/Jhye Richardson, Ravi Bishnoi.
Bench: Dawid Malan/Nicholas Pooran, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Moises Henriques, Saurabh Kumar, Arshdeep Singh/Jhye Richardson, Prabhsimran Singh/Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Riley Meredith, Jalaj Saxena, Murugan Ashwin, Mandeep Singh, Ishan Porel.
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith, Rishabh Pant (C & WK), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan.
Bench: Vishnu Vinod, Tom Curran, Shams Mulani, Amit Mishra, Sam Billings, Umesh Yadav, Aniruddha Joshi, Chris Woakes, Ajinkya Rahane, Lukman Meriwala, Praveen Dubey, Anrich Nortje, Ripal Patel.
Match Predictions For Match 29 – PBKS vs DC
If Punjab Kings Bowl First
- DC Powerplay Score: 45-50
- DC Overall Score: 170-190
Punjab Kings wins the match.
If Delhi Capitals Bowl First
- PBKS Powerplay Score: 50-55
- PBKS Overall Score: 175-195
Delhi Capitals wins the match.
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