Series: Indian Premier League 2022
Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Date & Time: Apr 20, 07:30 PM LOCAL
What to expect: All teams, like has been the trend, will opt to chase if given the chance. They seem to be more comfortable what they’re working with, with or without the dew.
Head to head: Punjab Kings lead the head-to-head 15-13, although since 2018, they’re on par with each other with four wins each in 8 games.
Tactics & Matchups: Marsh being ruled out may have DC bringing back Anrich Nortje or Tim Siefert to boost the batting. We may see Kuldeep being introduced in the powerplay to negate the Dhawan threat. Mustafizur may be kept for after Dhawan departs, if Nortje plays, given the opener’s propensity to score against the Bangladesh pacer.
Probable XI: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, TimSiefert/Anrich Nortje, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Rovman Powell, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Khaleel Ahmed
Tactics and Matchups: PBKS will unleash Rabada against an in-form Warner early, who has dismissed the left-hander 5 times. Warner only averages 19.20 against the South African, but has a record 11-plus fifty-run scores against Punjab. He has scored 945 runs in 21 innings at 49.74, so Punjab will really hope to see the back of him early in the contest.
Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prabhsimran Singh, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Vaibhav Arora, Arshdeep Singh
Did you know?
Rabada will be up against his former franchise DC for the first time in IPL. He has 7 wickets at 20.57 at an ER of 8. He has picked at least one wicket every game.
Punjab find themselves at the bottom of the bowling charts.
In eight innings among them, the overseas trio of Rovman, Seifert and Marsh have hit 69 runs at average of 8.63, SR of 93.24 and a highest of 21.
What they said:
“I think we’re just batting well in patches. We lost early wickets. Livi (Livingstone) brought us back. If you see, we went from around 60/4 to about 130/4 in the middle if I’m not mistaken. We’ve batted well in that patch. It is never ideal when you lose four wickets in the last over. We’re batting well in patches. If we can just glue it together, we’ll be okay.” – Kagiso Rabada
Delhi Capitals Squad: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Rishabh Pant(w/c), Rovman Powell, Lalit Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Khaleel Ahmed, Anrich Nortje, Mandeep Singh, Srikar Bharat, Sarfaraz Khan, Tim Seifert, Lungi Ngidi, Ashwin Hebbar, Praveen Dubey, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Chetan Sakariya, Ripal Patel, Yash Dhull, Vicky Ostwal
Punjab Kings Squad: Shikhar Dhawan(c), Prabhsimran Singh, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma(w), Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Vaibhav Arora, Arshdeep Singh, Benny Howell, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Sandeep Sharma, Rishi Dhawan, Baltej Singh, Writtick Chatterjee, Prerak Mankad, Ishan Porel, Atharva Taide, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Ansh Patel, Raj Bawa