IPL 2021: DC vs PBKS | Match Preview & Stats

Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings

The fourteenth edition of IPL 2021 will host Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings going head to head against each other in the eleventh match of the season. The game starts from 7:30 pm onwards and will be played in the Wankhede, Mumbai. No fans are allowed in the stadium due to rising Covid-19 cases and restrictions imposed by the government. The game will be played behind closed doors. As far as the table stands, Mumbai climbs to the top position. Followed by Bangalore, Chennai, and Delhi in the next three slots. Although a win for Punjab in this game will change the dynamics of the table.

Match Preview

Wankhede Stadium is a typical dry and hard ground like most Indian pitches, mostly favorable for batsmen. Although Chennai dismissed the entire Punjab batting lineup for just 107 runs, one can never be sure about how things can pan out. Wankhede has an 80m equidistant boundary length all throughout the ground and is fairly big enough for the ball to cross the boundary. A lot of runs can be expected here from these two sides, given the powerful batting strategies and lineup they have. 

Delhi Capitals Team News

Capitals was handed their first defeat in this year’s IPL by the underdogs of the game Rajasthan Royals. Delhi Capitals showed a poor display of performance on Thursday. Both of their bowling and batting fronts were woeful. They almost seemed to contain Rajasthan’s efforts to get to the target which was not at all a formidable one, given the standard IPL team totals. 

Delhi’s entire batting lineup toppled down in front of Jaydev Unadkat. He picked up 3 wickets, three deadly opening order batsmen. It was only the captain, Rishab Pant who sustained through and through, scored 50 runs in 32 balls, thus paving his team’s way into 147 runs.

Although a pretty easy total to chase, Rajasthan faltered very poorly and for a moment it seemed Delhi were back in the game. In the end, it was the most expensive cricketer in IPL; Chris Morris who scored 36 runs in 18 balls and saved his team from the brink of loss.

Delhi brought Kagiso Rabada in their lineup, who was completing his 7-day quarantine in a bio-secure bubble.

Delhi Capitals will look more hungry this time around given the embarrassing defeat they suffered.

Predicted Eleven– Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Marcus Stoinis(Overseas), Kagiso Rabada(Overseas), Anrich Nortje(Overseas). Chris Woakes(Overseas), Ravichandran Ashwin, Rishabh Pant (c), Lalit Yadav, Avesh Khan, Ajinkya Rahane.

Punjab Kings Team News

Punjab Kings scored what could be this years’ lowest total in IPL. Chennai Super Kings did not even let Punjab get past the 150 run mark. It was with the utmost difficulty that Punjab Kings came up with a score of 106 runs in 20 overs which their opponents dealt with in just 15 overs into the game. Absolute shambolic performance from such stalwarts of the game in a match as vital as this. Punjab needs to put up a much stronger performance if they have their eyes on the trophy and want a top-four finish. Their brand new acquisition, Shah Rukh Khan, was the only performer in the entire 11 man squad. He scored a commendable 47 runs in 36 balls and was the only player to get past the 20 run mark. 

Punjab needs to come back stronger if they want to beat Delhi and regain their spot in the top.

No changes are expected in the playing eleven.

Predicted Eleven–  Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (c), Nicholas Pooran(Overseas), Deepak Hooda, Riley Meredith(Overseas), Arshdeep Singh. Murugan Ashwin, Jhye Richardson(Overseas), Shahrukh Khan, Mohammed Shami, Chris Gayle(Overseas),

Key Stats

The Punjab Kings have a lead over Delhi Capitals on a head to head statistics between them. The Kings have been victorious in 15 games, the highest, out of the 26 matches they have locked horns in. Delhi Capitals registered the highest score in this fixture in 2011 when their scoreboard soared to a massive height of 231 runs. In the last season when these two teams faced each other; the match went into the super over, as Punjab chased down 157 runs until the last ball of the match. Much to their despair, they could not win the match in the super over.

Conclusion

A tough match for Punjab Kings where they need to buckle up and Delhi Capitals needs to come back stronger and fix a spot for themselves in the top four.