On April 20, 2022, the 32nd match of the IPL 2022 will be played at the MCA Stadium in Pune between the Delhi Capitals and the Punjab Kings. Both teams have risen by losing their most recent games and will attempt to reclaim their place in the competition during this match.
The last few games have been a roller coaster ride for both teams. DC currently sits in eighth place in the points table with two wins from five games, while PBKS has three wins from six games played and sits in seventh place with six points.
This game will be crucial for both teams, as the Delhi Capitals will be looking to win their next game of the season in order to remain in contention for the playoffs, while Mayank Agarwal’s Punjab Kings will be looking to get back on track after their loss to SRH in the previous game.
The 32nd match between Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings will take place on April 20th, 2022 at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Match Details to Note
Match: Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings, 32nd Match, Indian Premier League 2022
Date: April 20, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings Team Previews
DC looked strong at the start of the IPL 2022, but they were unable to maintain that momentum in the following matches. They currently sit in eighth place in the points table, having won only two of their five games so far.
DC’s bowlers appeared to be in good form in the previous matches against RCB. They bowled brilliantly in the powerplay, taking three big wickets on 40 runs: Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli, and Anuj Rawat. Although they applied pressure early on, they were unable to maintain it in the final overs, conceding 189 runs in 20 overs.
While chasing a 190-run target, DC’s openers got off to a fast start, putting on a 50-run partnership for the first wicket in the fifth over. David Warner once again demonstrated his class by scoring 66 runs in 38 balls, but the middle-order batters failed to deliver partnerships in the middle overs. DC was defeated by a score of 16 runs.
DC has a strong batting lineup, but middle-order bats such as Rishabh Pant, Rovman Powell, and Mitchell Marsh have yet to deliver this season. With the help of these batters, DC will try to get back on track against PBKS in the next match.
Delhi Capitals Squad
Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Prithvi Shaw, Axar Patel, Anrich Nortje, David Warner, Mitch Marsh, Shardul Thakur, Mustafizur Rahman, Kuldeep Yadav, Ashwin Hebbar, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, KS Bharat, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Syed Khaleel Ahmed, Chetan Sakariya, Lalit Yadav, Ripal Patel, Yash Dhull, Rovman Powell, Pravin Dubey, Lungi Ngidi, Tim Seifert, Vicky Ostwal
Predicted XI: David Warner, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Mitchell Marsh, Rovman Powell, Lalit Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Khaleel Ahmed
Punjab Kings have won alternate matches this season, and with three wins from six games played, they are in seventh place, just ahead of Delhi Capitals. It will be a big game for PBKS as they try to get back into the top four.
Following a superb batting performance against the Mumbai Indians, PBKS’ batters failed to deliver against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in their most recent match in the absence of their captain, Mayank Agarwal. Despite Liam Livingstone’s inning of 60 runs on 33 balls, no other batter in their batting unit managed to score more than 30 runs. They were bowled out for 151 runs after losing four wickets in the final over.
Rahul Chahar’s googlies and leggies tried to put pressure on SRH’s batters, but PBKS were unable to defend their 152-run target. Rahul Chahar bowled a brilliant spell in which he took two wickets for 28 runs in four overs. Kagiso Rababda aided him by taking one wicket with his pace attack.
Mayank Agarwal’s absence in the opening had led to a defeat after a poor batting performance, which is why the opening partnership of Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan will be crucial for them when they face Delhi Capitals in the next game. Mayank Agarwal is expected to return to the squad for the next game against DC.
Punjab Kings Squad
Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Raj Bawa, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Sandeep Sharma, Rahul Chahar, Prabhsimran Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Benny Howell, Ishan Porel, Vaibhav Arora, Ansh Patel, Atharva Taide, Prerak Mankad, Jitesh Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Writtick Chatterjee, Baltej Singh
Predicted XI: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Liam Livingstone, Shahrukh Khan, Jitesh Sharma, Odeon Smith, Arshdeep Singh, Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, Vaibhav Arora
Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings Toss Prediction
The outcome of the match will be determined by the outcome of the coin toss. In the last five IPL matches played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, the team that chose to chase the target won twice, while the team that chose to defend the target won three times. However, based on the chasing team’s performance in the previous two matches, the team winning the toss should choose to bowl first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune will host this match. The stadium has a seating capacity of nearly 37,000 people. Due to covid regulations, the stadium is currently only permitted to hold 50% of its seats.
On a match day, the weather will be sunny, with temperatures ranging from 39°C to 24°C. The dew factor had not had much of an impact in previous matches, which is why the pitch has favoured both bowlers and batters here.
Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings Match Prediction
Looking at both squads, it is clear that both have powerful batting units, but the performance of the bowling units will determine the outcome of the match. Both units have strong spinners, but PBKS has a slight advantage in terms of pace attack. Kagiso Rabada and Arshdeep Singh will try to put pressure on DC’s batsmen, giving PBKS more chances to win the game.
Punjab Kings is the favourite to beat Delhi Capitals at the odds of 1.77.
- DC has defeated PBKS four times in the last five meetings between these two.
- Kuldeep Yadav, who is handling DC’s spin attack alone, is the season’s third most wicket-taker with 11 wickets in the last five games.
- Liam Livingstone, the season’s most expensive foreign player, has proven his worth for PBKS, and he is currently the fifth highest run-scorer in the IPL, with 224 runs in the last five innings.