Indian Super League 2021 Match 29
Punjab Kings v Delhi Capitals – May 2nd
The Punjab Kings are back to winning ways after a top performance against Royal Challengers Bangalore previously in the week. Trotting on the feats of Harpreet Brar and KL Rahul, the Kings got up their third victory of IPL 2021, taking them stronger to the elusive top-four places.
Nevertheless, there are some worries in the roster, particularly with Nicholas Pooran’s form in the middle-order. The West Indian, after yet another breakdown in the previous match, now has four ducks in IPL 2021, which might eventually compel Punjab’s hand. But they have got a capable squad in the spot and with Jhye Richardson and Mayank Agarwal on the bench, Punjab will like their chances of a victory in this match.
Possible playing XI: KL Rahul (c&wk), Nicholas Pooran/Dawid Malan, Harpreet Brar, Chris Jordan, Mayank Agarwal/Prabhsimran Singh, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith/Jhye Richardson, Mohammed Shami and Ravi Bishnoi.
Nevertheless, the Delhi Capitals have been one of the sides to beat in IPL 2021 so far. With two of the top run-getters in Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan leading the way, the Delhi Capitals have by now won five out of their seven matches so far.
Axar Patel has also covered the way with stingy spells, despite Kagiso Rabada’s failings in the death overs. Though, the Capitals should lavish their odds, given the touch that their middle-order is in.
Possible playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, Rishabh Pant (c&wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith, Avesh Khan and Ishant Sharma.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
Although the wicket is marginally on the slower side, the Narendra Modi Stadium has also seen its fair portion of runs in IPL 2021. Although there is very little seam movement available for the pace bowlers, there is plenty of turn on offer for the spin bowlers.
The massive boundaries on either side make it an equal contest, with the batters likely to try boosting the field restrictions in the powerplay overs. Although both sides will look to chase, given the dew aspect, the wicket might slow down as the game proceeds. 170 should be a modest total at the venue, with an even rivalry between the ball and bat on the cards this Sunday.
Although both teams look evenly paired on paper, the last time these teams met in the IPL 2021, the openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan destroyed Punjab and cemented the way for a big victory in Mumbai. With vengeance on their minds, KL Rahul and men will look to get one over Delhi, paving the path for an utter actioner to start the second half of IPL 2021 this Sunday.
This Northern Derby will witness the Capitals leading the odds market with the pre-match odds of 1,71, while Punjab Kings trailing at 2.10. And there is no surprise to those numbers considering the position of either team on the points table. The Capitals have superior depth in their batting roster and are more probable to recuperate from any early loss of wickets. Anything can occur but based on those two batting units it’s hard to see over Delhi Capitals this time.