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Toss Winner - Delhi Capitals won the toss and chose to bowl first
Punjab Kings beat Delhi Capitals by 31 runs
Punjab Kings face DC in a must-win game
Punjab Kings to beat DC
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2023 | Format: T20 | Venue: Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi, India | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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Prabhsimran's ton take Punjab to a par score. May not be enough. DC to score 50+ runs in 6 Overs @ 1.86 odds.
Prabhsimran and Curran rebuild the innings. Prabhsimran to score 60-70 runs @ 3.00 odds
PBKS lose Dhawan and Livingstone early. Run rate around 8. Punjab Total Runs over 171 @ 1.86 odds.
DC won the toss and opt to bowl. PBKS start as our favourites to win!
Delhi Capitals will be taking on Punjab Kings in back to back matches. First at home and then in Dharamsala. The Capitals failed to chase 168 runs in their last match at Chepauk.
The bowlers were impressive for most part of the game but DC lost 3 wickets in the powerplay. However, now they are coming back home for this match against Punjab Kings. The last time they played at this venue, DC chased down 187 runs with 7 wickets in hand.
A lot depends on the top 4 and there aren’t many reliable finishers in the DC lineup. Punjab Kings, on the other hand, have some in-form big-hitting middle order players in Livingstone and Jitesh Sharma. Sam Curran and Shahrukh Khan are also capable of hitting the long ball in the lower order.
The biggest strength for DC is their bowling attack and while PBKS also have a good-looking bowling unit, they have been out of form.
Delhi Capitals are still at the bottom of the points table in spite of few wins in recent games. They had a great chance against CSK and a win at Chepauk would have increased their chances of making it to the playoffs.
David Warner did a fine job as a captain earlier in that game as he used his bowlers in such a way that DC had many options to choose from for the last 4 overs.
The bowlers have been impressive in Delhi’s recent outings. Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, and Mitch Marsh are the top picks among the DC bowlers. It will be up to them once again as DC face a struggling PBKS at Kotla.
The pitch here has been decent for batting and we’ve witnessed some really good totals. If the pitch continues to behave the way it has for the last couple of matches, it will be a close contest between these two sides.
And though there aren’t many big names in the DC lineup when it comes to finishers, the hosts would still back themselves in a run-chase against an out-of-form Punjab bowling attack. Phil Salt, Mitch Marsh, and Rilee Rossouw will be the key batters to watch out for in this game.
It will be up to these three to get DC to a competitive total. DC did not have a good season but they definitely have a strong team with some really talented players in every department.
David Warner (c), Philip Salt (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Rilee Rossouw, Axar Patel, Aman Hakim Khan, Ripal Patel, Lalit Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Ishant Sharma
Rilee Rossouw, Khaleel Ahmed, Kuldeep Yadav, Pravin Dubey, Mukesh Kumar, Aman Khan, Mitchell Marsh, Axar Patel, Philip Salt, Ishant Sharma, David Warner
Punjab’s inconsistency just got worse as they lost their last two consecutive matches including a home game against MI. The bowling has been a nightmare with PBKS failing to defend 200+ total at home.
Rahul Chahar, who’s had a pretty disappointing season this year, finally found something to celebrate as he picked 2 for 23 against KKR in the last match.
Arshdeep Singh, a rising talent who’s donned the India jersey too, is struggling to deliver for Punjab Kings. He’s expensive and wicketless. Neither Rabada nor Ellis have been particularly impressive with the ball. Punjab have brought in Rishi Dhawan whose medium pace can be useful on a slowish track.
There is plenty of firepower in the batting department. Prabhsimran and Shikhar Dhawan can get Punjab off to a flier on their best day. PBKS have changed their number 3 too often, going from Taide to Short, and now Rajapaksa.
This is no time for experimentation. The playoff spot is on the line here. Punjab needs to win this game and will need a stronger performance from the top order. The middle and lower order can deliver a strong finish but if the bowlers continue to bleed runs, no total would be enough for Punjab.
Prabhsimran Singh, Shikhar Dhawan (c), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Sam Curran, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rishi Dhawan, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh
Sikandar Raza, Arshdeep Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Prabhsimran Singh, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Jitesh Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Rahul Chahar, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran
The pitch has been great for batting this season with 170+ being scored in both innings of the match. DC chased down 187 with quite ease in the last outing here and had almost chased 198 against SRH. Spinners will also have a say and Axar Patel will be one to watch out for.
The match will be played at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. The average 1st innings score on this ground is 166 runs. However, looking at the recent scores, we reckon a winning-total would be somewhere around 185-195 runs.
Teams batting second have won 4 of the 5 matches on this ground. Considering Punjab’s bowling performances in recent matches, the home team will definitely look to chase a total here. Dhawan would also be more comfortable backing his batters to chase a target.
The recent wins have boosted Dehli’s confidence and it is evident from their bowling performances. Warner has a good bowling unit and he’s done a fine job of getting the most out of it. The lack of firepower in the lower middle order can be a big concern for DC if they lose Warner, Salt, and Marsh early in the innings. PBKS, in spite of their bowling failures in recent games, has the edge in this contest given their batting form and the strength in the lower order. PBKS will start as favourites in our match prediction.
Punjab Kings to beat DC
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