Date : May 17, 2023
Time : 7:30 PM IST
Venue : Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamshala
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The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association in Dharamshala will host its first IPL encounter of 2023 season between Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals, also the match 66 of this year’s tournament. These two teams went head-to-head against one another this past weekend, in which PBKS defeated DC by 31 runs in Delhi. The upcoming contest between Punjab and Delhi has a lot riding on it for the home side, who need a win to stay in the hunt for a spot in the IPL playoffs.
The pitches at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in T20 cricket are known to be very good for batting. The average first innings score at this venue in the IPL is 173. Since the PBKS vs DC fixture is set to be the first one of this year’s tournament in Dharamshala, the first innings score is expected to reach the 170-180 range.
Punjab Kings have found a gem of a batter in Prabhsimran Singh, who smashed his first IPL century against Delhi Capitals in difficult batting conditions in Delhi. In the last few games, the captain Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, and Jitesh Sharma have been amongst the runs for PBKS. Meanwhile, the bowling attack for Punjab is delivering quality performances in the last couple of games with Nathan Ellis, Harpreet Brar, and Rahul Chahar featuring amongst the wickets.
SportsTiger Playing XI of PBKS
Prabhsimran Singh, Shikhar Dhawan (c), Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Nathan Ellis, Arshdeep Singh (Potential Impact Substitute - Rishi Dhawan for Prabhsimran Singh)
Delhi Capitals have been heavily reliant on their captain David Warner to score big runs at the top of the order and he is delivering the goods for them match after match. Although, the rest of the batting order for DC has been very ordinary with big names like Mitchell Marsh and Riley Rossouw, in particular, lost their form at the wrong time. On the bowling side of things, Delhi are blessed to have fully fit and firing Ishant Sharma at their disposal, alongside Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel, who have been very consistent with their performances as well.
SportsTiger Playing XI of DC
David Warner (c), Phil Salt (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Riley Rossouw, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Praveen Dubey, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mukesh Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed (Potential Impact Substitute - Aman Khan for Ishant Sharma)
Punjab Kings are set to play their first fixture of the IPL 2023 season at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamshala, with a spot in the playoffs on the line. Hence, they have to be on their game from start to finish to ensure a win against Delhi Capitals on May 17.
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