PBKS vs DC: The 32nd fixture of the Indian Premier League will feature two teams from the bottom half of the points table. It is a clash between the Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings. More than the match, the match has caught the eyes of everyone due to the COVID-19. Five members of the Delhi Capitals, including all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, have returned COVID positive. As a result, there was some speculation regarding the cancellation of this match.
But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed that the match will start as per the schedule. The only thing that will change is the venue. The match has shifted from Pune to Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. As all the DC players are in isolation, and after the final COVID test tomorrow morning, that preparation will begin. The match will start in the evening at 7:30 PM. So let’s check out the complete match details and possible XI for both teams.
PBKS vs DC: Match Preview and Prediction
Mayank Agarwal and his team are going through a roller coaster ride so far. They are winning one game and losing one game. As a result, PBKS is sitting in the 7th spot with three wins and three losses. They are coming off a loss at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last match. But regular skipper Agrawal was not part of the team due to a toe injury. He was hit by the ball on his toe during net practice, and that was a massive blow for the team.
As the PBKS batting department played terribly, apart from Liam Livingstone. The English all-rounder has shown great form this season and is the backbone of the team. However, the skipper is fully fit now and is likely to make his comeback to the team against DC. And if it happens, it will surely provide a boost to the batting department. But the form of Jonny Bairstow, Shahrukh and Odean Smith is still a worry for the team.
Possible XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal (C), Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (Wk), Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Vaibhav Arora, Arshdeep Singh
Rishabh Pant and his team have a few areas of concern. The first is the COVID concern, and the next is that all the players have been undergoing isolation, so there is no practise session. On top of that, the team is also struggling this season to find the right combination. As a result, they are sitting in the eighth spot on the points table. However, it will be a big challenge for DC in front of them.
They need to forget everything and regroup themselves to make a move. Because they have already lost three matches out of five and a few more losses will end their campaign. The team has lacked a quality fast bowler. They conceded 74 runs in the last five overs against RCB. Mitchell Marsh is out due to Covid so Rovmen Powell might be back.
Possible XI: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Rishabh Pant (C & Wk), Rovman Powell, Sarfaraz Khan, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Anrich Nortje
PBKS vs DC Match, Pitch and Toss Update
The Braboune Stadium is a high-scoring ground. The average score here is around 180+. But it provides help to everyone. The pacer will get help at the start, and the spinner will come into play later in the game. Batsmen can trust the bounce and play their shots from the crease. Overall, it is a complete pitch that offers help to everyone. However, dew might come into play and bowlers will find it hard to grip the ball in the second innings. The toss will be crucial for both teams. And the team winning the toss will go for the chase. Toss might be the another factor for the win. In last eight matches on this pitch this season, four have been won batting first, and the rest four batting second.
PBKS vs DC Head to Head Stats
Both teams have met a total of 28 times in the history of the IPL. But PBKS is marginally ahead in terms of wins. So far, the Punjab Kings have won 15 matches, as compared to DC’s 13 wins. However, DC has won last three encounters between the two.
IPL 2022: PBKS vs DC: Players to watch out for
Liam Livingstone has been outstanding for the Punjab Kings this season. He has proved to everyone why he is rated so highly. The all-rounder has struck three half-centuries in his last four matches. He has scored 224 runs in six innings at a strike rate of 185.12.
Rahul Chahar has worked quietly for his team this season, much like the other leg-spinners have. He is the leading wicket-taker for his side so far. Rahul has taken nine wickets in six matches at an average of 19.22 and an economy rate of 7.20.
David Warner has announced his arrival with a bang so far. The veteran opening batsman has scored two back-to-back half-centuries in two matches he has played. He scored 61 off 45 balls against KKR and followed it up with 66 off 38 balls against RCB in the last match. The left-hander is in really hot form. He might be looking to make it more.
Kuldeep Yadav has shown that he is still one of the best spinners in the game. He is the leading wicket-taker for DC this season. He has taken 11 wickets in five matches at an economy rate of 8.23 and an average of 14.72.
IPL 2022: Playing 11 team of the match Prediction
Wicket-keeper: Jonny Bairstow (PBKS), Rishabh Pant (DC)
Batsmen: David Warner (DC), Mayank Agarwal (PBKS), Shikhar Dhawan (PBKS), Prithvi Shaw (DC)
All-rounders: Liam Livingstone (PBKS), Axar Patel (DC)
Bowlers: Khaleel Ahmed (DC), Rahul Chahar (PBKS), Vaibhav Arora (PBKS)
Tips: Liam Livingstone will be the captain of the team. Prithvi Shaw or David Warner will be the vice-captain. Both teams have firepower in their batting departments, but PBKS has an all-round bowling attack. So we will back Punjab Kings to win the match. However, the team winning the toss might win the game as well.