PBKS vs DC IPL 2021 Preview: DC hurdle awaits Punjab as team begins to pick up pace
Punjab Kings have netted two big fishes in Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last three matches and are gradually getting their house in order.
No room for Arshdeep, Mayank?
Although Punjab Kings won their last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore by 34 runs, they made a few questionable moves. Punjab dropped Moises Henriques, Arshdeep Singh and Mayank Agarwal and brought in Riley Meredith, Prabhsimran Singh and Harpreet Brar in their playing XI.
The inclusion of Brar provided a lot of balance to the side as they definitely needed a spinner who could hit hard lengths and also tonk the ball. In fact, it was Harpreet's 17-ball 25 at a strike rate of 140+ and his partnership with KL Rahul which proved handy for Punjab.
Gayle should open, Mayank at 3
However, the team would be better served to rearrange their playing XI. Mayank Agarwal has scored 161 runs from 6 matches and has played a couple of fine knocks. It was a bit harsh to drop the opener. What the team can do instead is to push Agarwal at number 3 and promote Chris Gayle to open the batting alongside KL Rahul.
The inclusion of Prabhsimran Singh makes sense as he had been in brilliant form in domestic cricket and can also take off the wicketkeeping load from Rahul, who is already wearing a lot of hats.
Time ripe for Malan
With Nicholas Pooran getting dismissed for another duck, it is high time that Punjab Kings look towards Dawid Malan. After all, he is the number one ranked T20I batsman for good reason.
Deepak Hooda, after impressing in the first match, has tapered off. Harpreet Brar can easily play Hooda's role. Riley Meredith suffered a solid blow on his knee in the last over of the encounter against RCB and if the tearaway, who did a fine job with the ball in the last match, is not fit enough to go, Jhye Richardson can take his place.
Delhi flying high
With 5 wins from 7 matches, Delhi Capitals are doing quite well. They registered a comprehensive seven wicket victory against Kolkata Knight Riders in their last match.
Prithvi Shaw played a sensational hand of 82 off just 41 deliveries. Shikhar Dhawan has also been consistent as ever.
Mishy or Lalit?
With the ball, Avesh Khan has been really impressive. Axar Patel has also found the groove since his return. If Amit Mishra hasn't yet recovered from his shoulder injury, Lalit Yadav will keep his place in the XI.
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Who will win the toss? DC
Who will win? PBKS
Top Bat (Runs Scored)? Dawid Malan (PBKS), Steve Smith (DC)
Top Bowler (Wickets Taken)? Riley Meredith (PBKS), Avesh Khan (DC)
Most Sixes? Chris Gayle (PBKS), Rishabh Pant (DC)
Here are the predicted playing XIs:
Delhi Capitals - Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steven Smith, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Ishant Sharma
Punjab Kings - KL Rahul (c), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Dawid Malan, Prabhsimran Singh (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Riley Meredith, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami
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