Batting depth an issue for Punjab
- Rishabh Pant-led DC have just two wins
- Will Mayank return for Punjab Kings?
Punjab Kings had to heavily compensate on batting depth last game with skipper Mayank Agarwal having a niggle. He is expected to be fit for this one, and it could help Punjab’s chances this game. PBKS have odds of 1.80 to beat Delhi Capitals, but will need a strong performance from their top-order to do so.
Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, have won just two matches and lost three in the five games they have played this season. The Rishabh Pant-led side hasn’t quite clicked with their bowling unit misfiring. They have odds of 1.98 to win this match, but will be without Mitchell Marsh, who has contracted the COVID-19 virus.
Close overall record makes it tough game to call
Overall, Punjab Kings have a slight edge over Delhi Capitals in head to head contests. The PBKS side has won 15 matches since the inception of IPL against Delhi, while Delhi Capitals have won 13. In 2021, though, Delhi won both their ganes against Punjab Kings. Since 2018, though, it’s 4-4 between the two sides.
Punjab Kings have a strong batting unit and will be up against DC’s less-than-ideal bowling core. PBKS are our favourites to win this match.Recommended Bet by 10CRIC
The contest this game will be between Punjab’s top-order and Delhi Capitals’ bowling. Delhi will bank on their spinners to stifle the Punjab batting line-up that is a tad one-dimensional.
Keep an eye on…
Jonny Bairstow: Since coming into the Punjab Kings side, Bairstow is yet to make a major impact but the England batter will be hoping to turn things around this season with a strong performance this game against a weaker fast bowling unit.
Prithvi Shaw – David Warner: Prithvi Shaw has been impressive in the powerplay overs alongside David Warner. The two have stitched together three back-to-back fifty partnerships and will be hoping to pull off another against Punjab’s bowling unit.
TIP: Kuldeep Yadav is in good form and has a knack of picking wickets against big-hitters, which PBKS have in plenty. Back Kuldeep Yadav at 3.40 to be Delhi’s top bowler!