Date: May 13, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
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Delhi Capitals are set to face off against Punjab Kings in match 59 of the Indian Premier League 2023 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. The hosts DC will play this contest after a tough trip to Chennai, where they lost by 27 runs. On the other hand, PBKS didn’t fare much better as they were defeated by KKR on the last ball of the game. Delhi and Punjab are in the bottom half of the IPL points table, so a win in their upcoming fixture is necessary for both teams to stay in contention for the playoffs.
The pitches at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi have assisted the batters and bowlers at different stages of this IPL. This venue has an average first innings score of 168 for the tournament thus far, while the overall number is slightly lower at 165. So, a total in the 160-170 range is highly likely when DC plays PBKS in the nation’s capital on May 13.
The captain David Warner and Phil Salt at the top of the order need to be more consistent as an opening partnership for Delhi Capitals to put up big totals on the scoreboard regularly. The struggles of the middle order of DC are well documented, but they still have enough quality players, including the likes of Mitchell Marsh, Riley Rossouw, and Axar Patel, to make amends in their upcoming matches. Meanwhile, the bowling department of Delhi is reasonably impressive with their spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel regularly among the wickets, but the lack of consistent performances from their fast bowlers has been a big Achilles heel for the team management.
SportsTiger Playing XI of DC
David Warner (c), Phil Salt (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Riley Rossouw, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Aman Khan, Lalit Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed
(Potential Impact Substitute - Ripen Patel for Ishant Sharma)
Shikhar Dhawan, the captain of Punjab Kings, has gotten some runs since his return from a shoulder injury, but his strike rate has become a bit of a concern for the team management. With Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma, Sam Curran, and Shahrukh Khan, the batting lineup for PBKS is quite lengthy and striking it reasonably well, especially in the second half of their batting innings. On the bowling side of things, Arshdeep Singh has been the pick of the bunch for Punjab, but he hasn’t gotten consistent support from other bowlers to help the team defend substantial totals in their recent round of matches.
SportsTiger Playing XI of PBKS
Prabhsimran Singh, Shikhar Dhawan (c), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Sam Curran, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Nathan Ellis, Arshdeep Singh
(Potential Impact Substitute - Rishi Dhawan for Prabhsimran Singh)
Delhi Capitals have managed to win a couple of matches at home in the Arun Jaitley Stadium in this edition of the IPL. Meanwhile, Punjab Kings haven’t been in the best of forms in recent matches, but still, they can be a very dangerous side for the hosts to handle in their upcoming matchup.
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