Match: Punjab Kings vs Delhi Capitals, Match 64, Monday, 16 May 2022
Venue: Dr DY Patil Sports Academy Stadium, Mumbai
Time: 7:30 pm (IST)
Where to watch: Star Sports Network | Disney+ Hotstar
Match 64 of the 2022 TATA Indian Premier League brings us live action from the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy Stadium in Mumbai for the clash between the Punjab Kings and the Delhi Capitals.
While the Mayank Agarwal-led Punjab Kings are coming into this game off the back of a cruising victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the Delhi Capitals too are coming into the game with a surprise victory over the Rajasthan Royals.
The PBKS currently lie sixth in the table having played twelve games with six wins and six defeats. Their opener Jonny Bairstow did an excellent job in giving them a bright start in the last game, scoring 66 runs off just 29 balls, a knock which included 4 fours and 7 sixes, while Liam Livingstone added the cherry to the cake and took his team to a massive score of 209 by scoring 70 runs off 42 balls. The Royal Challengers Bangalore, in response, failed to chase down the target and got bowled out for 155.
Punjab will be looking to win this game as the battle for the fourth Playoff spot heats up, with Rajasthan, Bangalore, Delhi and Punjab vying for it. Taking a victory in this game will put the Kings above the Capitals, in fifth place, and on the same points alongside third- and fourth-placed Rajasthan and Bangalore.
The Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, who lie fifth on the table with six wins and six defeats, surprisingly emerged victorious against the third-placed Rajasthan Royals. Batting first, the Royals scored 160 runs in their 20 overs, and in response the Capitals, helped by the heroics of Mitchell Marsh, who was the star performer of the game with a brilliant knock of 89 off 62 balls, and David Warner, who scored a handy 52 off 41 balls, took home the two points.
This fixture is equally important for the Delhi Capitals, as a win in this match will put them on the same points as Bangalore and Rajasthan, giving them some breathing space in the race for the Playoffs.
The toss and the dew are always big factors at the DY Patil stadium. The team winning the toss will look to bowl first, as the weather is humid and the dew might play its part in the second innings.
Probable Playing XIs
Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Rishi Dhawan, Arshdeep Singh, Kagiso Rabada, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar
Bench: Benny Howell, Vaibhav Arora, Baltej Singh, Writtick Chatterjee, Perak Mankad, Ishan Porel, Atharva Taide, Odean Smith, Prabhsimran Singh, Ansh Patel, Raj Bawa, Nathan Ellis, Shahrukh Khan, Sandeep Sharma
Srikar Bharat, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Rovman Powell, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Chetan Sakariya
Bench: Mandeep Singh, Prithvi Shaw, Lungi Ngidi, Ashwin Hebbar, Praveen Dubey, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Khaleel Ahmed, Ripal Patel, Yash Dhull, Vicky Ostwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Mustafizur Rahman
Matches played: 29 | Punjab Kings: 15 | Delhi Capitals: 14
Last five matches: Punjab Kings: 2 | Delhi Capitals: 3
Batter to watch out for: David Warner
David Warner has given the Delhi franchise stability and experience up the order. His consistent performances for the team with the bat are one of the key reasons the DC still stand a chance to qualify for the Playoffs. With Prithvi Shaw injured, David has taken the burden on his shoulders very well, and Delhi will be hoping his good form continues.
Bowler to watch out for: Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada has been the most consistent bowler for the Punjab Kings this season. He took 3 wickets in his 4 overs and gave away just 21 runs in his previous match. The Kings will be hoping for him to continue showing his good form with the ball and restrict the strong batting line-up of the Delhi Capitals to a low score.
David Warner (c), Mitchell Marsh, Jonny Bairstow, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Liam Livingstone (vc), Kagiso Rabada, Rishi Dhawan, Anrich Nortje, Chetan Sakariya, Shardul Thakur
Given the balance, the talent and the experience that the Delhi Capitals possess, I predict them to emerge victorious at the end of this fixture.