DC vs PBKS IPL 2021 Preview: Batting collapse tops list of Don'ts as Delhi take on Punjab
Both Punjab and Delhi suffered a batting collapse in their last match.
Contrasting results for PBKS
Like most teams in IPL 2021, Punjab Kings sit with one win and one loss from two matches. Punjab's two encounters in IPL 2021 could not have been more contrasting.
The team plundered 221 in their 20 overs on the back of a brilliant 91 from KL Rahul in their opening encounter of the season. However, their bowlers, particularly Riley Meredith, Jhye Richardson and Murugan Ashwin failed to hit their straps as they almost lost the game only to pull it back on the last ball of the match and win by 4 runs.
In the next match against Chennai Super Kings, the bottom line was completely different. Punjab struggled from the outset. At the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai where the ball swings around a bit to begin with, Punjab failed to ride the phase.
The result was that they found themselves at 26/5 just after the powerplay and there was no coming back from that point. While each of KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda and Nicholas Pooran failed, Shahrukh Khan provided a semblance of hope to the team, striking 47 off just 36 deliveries.
Shami makes a mark after injury
But, that was never going to be enough, especially when Murugan Ashwin had another disappointing day and went at over 10 RPO. Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson did bounce back after a poor first match.
Mohammed Shami was a pick of the bowlers for them, taking 2 wickets while conceding just 21 runs from his four overs. That though could not prevent the team's 6-wicket loss.
Delhi search for right combination
Delhi Capitals made an interesting move of dropping overseas batsman Shimron Hetmyer and adding heft to their bowling at the cost of weakening their batting line up. As luck would have it, the team suffered a collapse, with Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane and Marcus Stoinis all departing early.
Had it not been for a brilliant half century from Rishabh Pant, Delhi capitals would have really been in trouble. Despite the captain's efforts, Delhi could only score 147 and lost the game by three wickets.
Nortje's negative report a big positive for DC
With Anrich Nortje having returned a negative COVID-19 test, he is expected to replace Tom curran in the playing XI. That is, of course, if Delhi don't change the balance of their XI again by drafting in an extra batsman.
Here are the predicted playing XIs:
Delhi Capitals - Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, Chris Woakes, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
Punjab Kings - KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, Ravi Bishnoi, Riley Meredith, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
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