After a drastic defeat against Chennai Super Kings, Punjab Kings(PBKS) will face Delhi Capitals(DC) at the Wankhede today. Again both the skippers are wicket keepers today. This is the last match in this venue for both teams in the Indian Premier League(IPL) 2021.
Both teams have lost their previous matches and will be looking to return on the path of winning.
The most exciting news for DC is the return of Nortje after two consecutive negative test reports. We may see the Rabada-Nortje pace duo in IPL today. It means either Woakes or Curran has to sit. Chris Woakes has been bowling excellent in the powerplay and he may continue today.
There is a matter of concern with the batting lineup also. They may include Steve Smith or Explosive Hetmyer on the side. Then Woakes too have to be benched.
After an outstanding first match, PBKS have fallen down in the second match. The batting was too poor for this side. Nicholas Pooran got two consecutive ducks in IPL 2021. We may see in form batsman Dawid Malan replacing him.
To make the batting more strong Jordan or Henriques can replace Riley Meredith. A hint for replacing Murugan Ashwin with Bishoni from the PBKS camp is there as well.
DC vs PBKS: Match Details
Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Time: April 18, 7:30 pm IST
DC vs PBKS: What to expect
We have seen in the last matches that Wankhede has to turn into bowlers’ paradise, especially for pacers. There is grass on the pitch. The ball is swinging well in the powerplay. Both the teams have quality pacers. Teams will be looking to chase in this ground.170+ runs will be competitive in total.
Probable XI of DC
Prithvi Shaw and Dhawan will open. We may see Smith today at no. 3. Skipper Pant will be at no. 4. If Smith is not playing we can see Hetmyer after that.
Stoinis and may Woakes will be playing as an all-rounder. Ashwin, Lalit will come after that. Avesh Khan is in good form. Nortje and Rabada will be other fast bowlers.
DC team against PBKS: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, Chris Woakes/Hetmyer, Kagiso Rabada, R Ashwin, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan.
Probable XI of PBKS
KL Rahul and Gayle may open this time. Mayank will come at no. 3. We will be looking forward to if Malan can play this match in place of Pooran. Hooda and Shahrukh Khan will bat the lower order.
Henriques or Jordan will be next. Ashwin or Bishnoi will be the spinner. The fast bowlers will be Jhye Richardson, Shami, and Arshdeep Singh.
PBKS team against DC: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran/ Dawid Malan, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, Murugan Ashwin, Chris Jordan/Riley Meredith, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh.