Dream-11 DC vs PBKS Head-to-head-record, highest runs getters, top-wicket-takers
DC vs PBKS

Dream-11 DC vs PBKS Head-to-head-record, highest runs getters, top-wicket-takers

DC vs PBKS

A win and a loss apiece leaves both Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings in familiar territory. Even in the early stages of the tournament, both teams have shown signs of fallibility which will no doubt be open for exploitation.

And the weaknesses, for both teams, has a lot to do with the batting department. While Delhi Capitals’ lack of firepower in the lower middle-order stood exposed against Rajasthan Royals, when they lost a clutch of wickets in the powerplay to slower deliveries, a similar story unfolded for Punjab Kings against a Deepak Chahar-inspired Chennai Super Kings.

For both teams, the steep climb-down from the strong batting performances in their opening games (Punjab Kings had made 221 while DC chased down 188 comfortably) exposed vulnerabilities against the new ball, and in the powerplay, which will be the primary cause of concern.

The contrast in quality between the bowling attacks thus could make for a major differentiator. And could be as crucial as the toss factor – three of the four games at the venue have been won by teams chasing so far.

When: DC vs PBKS, April 18, 2021 at 19:30 IST

Where: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

What to expect: Batting second has proved to be an easier prospect so far at the Wankhede, so expect the toss to play an important role on a surface that has proven to be a little tacky so far.

Head to Head: In the 26 matches between the two teams, Punjab hold the edge with 15 wins.

Delhi Capitals

DC vs PBKS
DC vs PBKS



Player availability:The addition of Anrich Nortje to the Delhi bubble comes as a boost.

Tactics and match-ups: R Ashwin has dismissed Chris Gayle 5 times and Mayank Agarwal 3 times. So there is a chance that he could open the bowling for DC.

Anrich Nortje’s sheer pace will be hard to ignore for DC, but will they continue with the strategy to strengthen their bowling, even at the cost of some batting might?

Probable XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, Chris Woakes, Kagiso Rabada, R Ashwin, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan

Punjab Kings

DC vs PBKS
DC vs PBKS



Player availability: There has not been any concern over availability so far.

Tactics and match-ups: Considering that taking the pace off seems to be working well in Wankhede, Chris Jordan could be better suited than Riley Meredith.

Probable XI: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, Murugan Ashwin, Chris Jordan/Riley Meredith, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh

Did you know?-Both Ajinkya Rahane (SR: 172, 0 dismissals) and Shikhar Dhawan (SR:146, 0 dismissals) hold the edge over their India compatriot Mohammed Shami in the IPL

What they said:

Ten days in the room was quite a lot for me. It was nice to get out, run around and bowl a bit. I really enjoyed it and hopefully I can build it up from here on – Anrich Nortje is raring to go after an extended ordeal in quarantine

Squads:

Delhi Capitals Squad: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w/c), Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, Tom Curran, Chris Woakes, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Shimron Hetmyer, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Steven Smith, Anrich Nortje, Sam Billings, Lukman Meriwala, Praveen Dubey, Aniruddha Joshi, Vishnu Vinod, Manimaran Siddharth, Shams Mulani, Ripal Patel

Punjab Kings Squad: KL Rahul(w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Riley Meredith, Arshdeep Singh, Moises Henriques, Mandeep Singh, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Jalaj Saxena, Sarfaraz Khan, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Utkarsh Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Prabhsimran Singh, Harpreet Brar

DC vs PBKS Player Head to Head Records

TOP PERFORMERS IN THIS FIXTURE

RankBest BatsmenTeamRuns Scored
1.Virender SehwagDC: 2008-13, PBKS: 2014-15330
2.David MillerPBKS: 2012-19322
3.Shreyas IyerDC: 2014-Present298
RankBest BowlersTeamWickets taken
1.Sandeep SharmaPBKS: 2013-201714
2.Irfan PathanPBKS: 2008-10, DC: 2011-1314
3.Axar PatelRR: 2008-1513
DC vs PBKS

STARS FROM LAST SEASON (IPL 2020)

RankBest BatsmenTeamRuns Scored
1.KL RahulPBKS670
2.Shikhar DhawanDC618
3.Shreyas IyerDC519
RankBest BowlersTeamWickets taken
1.Kagiso RabadaDC30
2.Anrich NortjeDC22
3.Mohammed ShamiPBKS20
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