In the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader, 2nd placed Rishabh Pant and co will take on the Punjab Kings who are currently 5th on the table. The 29th match of the Indian Premier League 2021 will take place in the Narendra Modi Stadium at Ahmedabad.
When these two teams squared up last year, the honors were split even as both teams won a match each. The first match was an intensely closely fought match as a super over was required out of which Delhi Capitals came out victorious. But the reverse fixture saw Punjab Kings winning the game by 5 wickets.
Can Delhi Capitals continue their march towards the top of the table? Or can KL Rahul and co continue their resurgence and capture a spot in the playoffs?
Match Toss Time: 19:00 Local (13:30 GMT)
Match Start Time: 19:30 Local (14:00 GMT)
Match Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
Head to Head
Matches Played: 27 PBKS: 15, DC: 12
Ideal conditions for cricket as partly cloudy skies are expected throughout the day but no chances of a downpour. With temperatures expected to be hovering around 36 - 41 degrees celsius and humidity at its peak is likely to touch the 25% mark.
The pitch in the Narendra Modi Stadium has been fairly decent for both batting and bowling. While there are runs to be made on this pitch, the slow bowlers especially the spin bowlers have found much success. While scores above 170 can be tricky to chase, the presence of dew could also be a factor in tomorrow's game
After a lot of tinkering Punjab, Kings management has found their best combination of players on the field. While Ravi Bishnoi has proved useful since his return to the side, Harpreet Brar, stand out of the last match has added to the depth of batting and bowling options available for the side.
Unless injury strikes, the Delhi Capital management won't be looking to make any changes to their already winning combination on the field. As witnessed in their last game against KKR, vital contributions from both batsmen and bowlers have further strengthened their confidence in the present set of 11 players.
Probable Playing XI
Punjab Kings (PBKS): KL Rahul, Prabhsimran Singh, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Harpreet Brar, Shahrukh Khan, Chris Jordan, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi
Delhi Capitals (DC): Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith, Rishabh Pant, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan
KL Rahul looks back in form and is one of the leading contenders for the race for the orange cap this season. Shikhar Dhawan also like last season seems to be hot on his heels behind KL Rahul for most runs. Chris Gayle and Prithvi Shaw are our other must-picks.
PBKS vs DC Fantasy team
Captain and Vice-Captain Picks
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