With the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 taking place in full swing, we have the much-awaited weekend double-header which will kick off with the Royal Challengers Bangalore locking horns with the Kolkata Knight Riders followed by the Delhi Capitals taking on the Punjab Kings at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Delhi Capitals after a dominating start to their campaign in which they defeated the three-time champions Chennai Super Kings were made to taste their first defeat by the Rajasthan Royals. Punjab Kings too have followed the same trend as they find themselves placed at the 7th position in the points table with 1 win from 2 matches.
Can KL Rahul and Co.bury their dismal show against the CSK and overcome the in-form Delhi Capitals side and move up the ladder? Or will it be the ‘Dhawan-Shaw’ show once again?
Match Toss Time: 19:00 Local (13:30 GMT)
Match Start Time: 19:30 Local (14:00 GMT)
Match Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Head to Head
Matches Played: 26, Delhi Capitals: 11, Punjab Kings: 15
The conditions are ideal for cricket as clear skies are expected throughout the course of the day. The temperature is expected to be hovering in the 32-29 degree Celsius and the humidity at the peak is likely to touch the 60 percent mark. With the humidity on the higher side, we expect the dew factor to play a vital role in this encounter.
According to recent matches, the Mumbai strip has also started behaving much akin to the pitch in Chennai. With the runs drying up, batsmen find it harder to score off the Mumbai surface. While short boundaries are tempting, bowlers are having a field day with pacers who vary their pace and spinners having great effect.
Delhi Captial’s coach Ricky Ponting had stated that Ishant Sharma is recovering from a heel injury and so continue to be unavailable. Avesh Khan will retain his spot in the team and has proved to be an excellent addition to the side. South African pacer Anrich Nortje has joined the bubble after recovering from the covid virus and might replace Tom Curran.
The Punjab Kings were wrecked by the CSK pacer Deepak Chahar the last match and will be wary of the Delhi Capital pace attack. With Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan waiting in the wings, the management will be tempted into bringing about some changes. The possibilities are high for some light tinkering with some players in the playing eleven looking jaded.
Probable Playing XI
Delhi Capitals (DC): Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, Tom Curran, Chris Woakes, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan
Punjab Kings (PBKS): Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran/Dawid Malan, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami
Shikhar Dhawan has started in exemplary form, scoring runs on plenty. This year again he looks in the races for the orange cap. KL Rahul also continued to make a bright start placing him in the race too. Rishabh pant and Chris Gayle can be other important picks
DC vs PBKS Fantasy team
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