Date: 2 May, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
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Both Punjab and Delhi have gathered some momentum after their recent wins but Rishabh Pant-led Delhi will definitely be favourites to emerge victorious here. Led by Rishabh Pant, Delhi has made a strong start and is currently placed second on the points table with 10 points from seven games. Meanwhile, Punjab Kings defeated RCB in their last game and occupies the 5th position currently with 6 points.
All-rounder Harpreet Brar put a match-winning display when given a chance to feature for the side. It is hard to imagine Punjab will make any changes to their line-up after their thumping victory over Bangalore. Though Riley Meredith could sit out as he sustained an injury in the last match. Mayank Agarwal could come back in if he recovers from the blow he suffered on his arm against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Capitals have a settled team at the moment and they will rely on their strong Indian contingent to come good once again. There is a chance that veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra will make a comeback into the playing XI as ball tends to grip at this venue.
Opener Prithvi Shaw has been in brilliant form recently. He scored 82 from just 41 balls to make easy work of the run chase of 155 as DC sealed the match against KKR in the 17th over. The stylish batsman launched three sixes and 11 fours during his knock. He was well supported by Shikhar Dhawan, who slammed 46 runs off 47 balls. Both the players will be key picks in the fantasy teams.
Meanwhile, the Punjab top-order is also in superlative form. If the Punjab top-order fires again and gets good support from out-of-form Nicholas Pooran, it will be hard for Delhi bowlers to restrict the flow of runs. Punjab fans would definitely be expecting more from Pooran and hope that he showcases his match-winning abilities with a big knock here.
Rishabh Pant, Marcus Stoinis and Shimron Hetmyer form a strong Delhi middle-order and the trio will carry the responsibility of holding it together and also score runs at a fast pace. Their performance along with Steven Smith’s anchoring role will be critical if Delhi openers are dismissed cheaply. In the bowling department, Avesh Khan and Mohammed Shami are must-picks as they have been phenomenal so far.
Probable Playing XI
KL Rahul (c & wk), Prabhsimran Singh/ Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Chris Jordan, Riley Meredith/ Jhye Richardson, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steven Smith, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Avesh Khan
Wicket-keepers: Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul
Batsmen: Chris Gayle, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steven Smith
All-rounders: Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Deepak Hooda, Harpreet Brar
Bowlers: Mohammed Shami, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi
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