Punjab Kings (PBKS) take on high-flying Delhi Capitals (DC) today at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad in the twenty ninth match of VIVO IPL 2021 which kicks off the second half of the league phase of the tournament. With both teams coming off the back of wins, the intensity of the encounter is bound to be high and this could turn out to be a cracker of a match.
IPL 2021: PBKS vs DC – Match Preview
Punjab Kings have not been very consistent this season at all, but they are still very much in the race for the playoffs. Although their team balance and combination don’t seem perfect, they have 3 wins in 7 matches and 4-5 wins in the next 7 could see them through to the playoffs.
In their previous match, Harpreet Brar and skipper KL Rahul inspired their side to a fantastic win. The duo rescued the side after a middle order collapse to take the score in the first innings to 179 before the all-rounder picked up three crucial wickets and held a catch to ensure a 34-run victory.
The team is bound to be high on confidence today and a win today would be crucial for their playoff hopes.
Delhi Capitals are flying high at the moment. The side seems to have all bases covered and with 5 wins from 7 matches, they look almost certain to make it through to the playoffs. DC’s openers are in sparkling form at the moment and they would once again, hold key in getting the side off to a flyer.
In their previous match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Prithvi Shaw came up with a knock for the ages as he scored 82 in just 41 balls to ace the chase of 155 for his side. The opposition bowlers had no clue to the onslaught as the batsman showed why he is so highly rated. Shaw would want to come up with a similar performance today as well.
DC would undoubtedly begin this match as favourites and it won’t be a surprise if they manage to produce another commanding performance.
IPL 2021 Match 29 – PBKS vs DC Match Details
- Match: Punjab Kings vs Delhi Capitals
- Date and Time: 2nd May, 7:30 pm IST
- Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
- Live Streaming Details: The match between PBKS and DC will be streamed live on the Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar VIP.
The weather in Ahmedabad is expected to be very hot. Temperatures could hover around the upper end of 30s in the Celsius scale. There are no chances of rain.
The pitches at the Narendra Modi Stadium have been a bit two-paced. Batsmen have needed to have some patience to get their eye in before going for the big shots. Spinners could get some purchase. Sides winning the toss will look to chase.
Predicted Playing XI
Mayank Agarwal could return in place of Prabhsimran Singh for PBKS if he is fit. There is a chance for Dawid Malan to be picked instead of the woefully out of form Nicholas Pooran. DC might bring in Amit Mishra if he recovers from his injury.
- Mayank Agarwal/Prabhsimran Singh
- KL Rahul
- Chris Gayle
- Dawid Malan/Nicholas Pooran
- Deepak Hooda
- Shahrukh Khan
- Harpreet Brar
- Chris Jordan
- Riley Meredith
- Ravi Bishnoi
- Mohammed Shami
- Prithvi Shaw
- Shikhar Dhawan
- Steve Smith
- Rishabh Pant
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Marcus Stoinis
- Axar Patel
- Lalit Yadav/Amit Mishra
- Kagiso Rabada
- Ishant Sharma
- Avesh Khan
IPL 2021: PBKS vs DC – Head-to-head and Match Prediction
Head to head (last five matches)
- PBKS won by 5 wickets
- DC won the Super Over
- DC won by 5 wickets
- PBKS won by 14 runs
- PBKS won by 4 runs
Delhi Capitals look near-unstoppable at the moment. They have lost just two matches and the two came in thrilling matches. The Rishabh Pant-led side have never been outplayed. Unless KL Rahul‘s PBKS come up with a stunning showing with both bat and ball, DC would be difficult to beat.