The Punjab Kings are all set to lock horns with the Delhi Capitals in the 64th match of the IPL 2023. The Capitals, unfortunately, find themselves out of contention for the playoffs, leaving them with nothing to lose. On the other hand, the Punjab Kings still harbor hopes of securing a playoff spot. To keep their dreams alive, they must emerge victorious in their remaining matches and hope for favorable outcomes elsewhere.
In their previous encounter, the Punjab Kings clashed with the Delhi Capitals at the latter's home ground, the Arun Jaitley Stadium. It was an exhilarating contest as the Kings staged a remarkable comeback, successfully defending a modest total of 161 runs. The top bookmakers in India all have IPL odds on their platforms.
The star of the match was their young talent, Prabsimran Singh, who notched up a breathtaking century, earning accolades for his outstanding performance. Additionally, the spinners played a crucial role in their triumph, while Harpreet Brar's exceptional spell of four wickets for just 30 runs rattled the opposition.
The Punjab Kings have experienced a rollercoaster ride this season, winning three matches and losing three in their last six games. This inconsistency has landed them in the middle of the table, and if they aim to secure a playoff spot, they need their senior players to step up and take charge. Shikhar Dhawan, who hasn't quite been the same player since his mid-season injury, will be expected to shoulder more responsibility and lead from the front.
Some youngsters like Yash Dhull might be given the opportunity to make their mark
Predicted Lineup: David Warner (c), Philip Salt (wk) / Rovman Powell, Manish Pandey, Rilee Rossouw, Priyam Garg / Yash Dhull, Axar Patel, Ripal Patel, Aman Hakim Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma
Despite having the legendary duo of Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly in their team management, the Delhi Capitals have had a lackluster season. Axar Patel has been the shining star for the team, delivering consistent performances. However, the rest of the squad has failed to maintain a similar level of consistency. As the season nears its end, the Capitals would like to end on a high note, aiming to secure a better position on the table than their current 10th spot. Additionally, they would relish the opportunity to play spoilsport for the Punjab Kings' playoff aspirations.
The same team is expected to play. Rabada still may not find a place on the team
Predicted Lineup: Prabhsimran Singh, Shikhar Dhawan (c), Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rishi Dhawan, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh
The upcoming clash between the Delhi Capitals and the Punjab Kings carries an added element of revenge for the Capitals. Moreover, with the Punjab Kings in contention for a playoff spot, the Capitals would relish the opportunity to spoil their party and hinder their chances of progressing further in the tournament.
Although the Punjab Kings have shown more promise and consistency compared to the Capitals in recent matches. The Capitals have nothing to lose and can approach the game with a carefree mindset, which often brings out the best in players and teams. The Kings, on the other hand, have faced disappointment in their last two home games, which could potentially affect their confidence. Hence, we expect the Delhi Capitals to win this one.