The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season is set to see Punjab Kings face Delhi Capitals in match number 29 on Sunday.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season is set to see Punjab Kings face Delhi Capitals in match number 29 on Sunday. The match is set to be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. This is the second of the doubleheader lined up for the day. Punjab Kings are placed fifth in the standings, having claimed three wins from seven games. Meanwhile, the Capitals are second at the moment. They have claimed five wins so far from seven games.

PBKS recorded a brilliant win over RCB in their last game and that will give them plenty of confidence. Skipper KL Rahul has been the in-form player and holds the Orange Cap at the moment. He has been playing with a lot of gusto and panache. Rahul knows his role well and is someone who will be once again responsible for anchoring the PBKS innings. Harpreet Brar was excellent against RCB and he will hold key alongside Ravi Bishnoi in the spin department. The likes of Mohammed Shami and Chris Jordan have to bring their experience into play. However, PBKS’ middle-order is a worry. Nicholas Pooran, in particular, looks like a lost cause this season.

DC are playing a fine brand of cricket and look like a team that can win the IPL 2021 trophy. The manner in which they thrashed KKR in the previous game highlighted the strength they possess. DC have a terrific batting unit and the opening duo of Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan hold the key. With the ball, they are a deadly unit and all of them contribute together. Axar Patel and Lalit Yadav deserve the praise. Kagiso Rabada and Avesh Khan are top-notch in the pace-bowling section. Rishabh Pant is learning as a skipper with each passing game as DC need to be lauded for their approach.

Key details of the match

The match is set to be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. It’s scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST. Fans can watch the action live on the Star Sports Network in their preferred languages. One can also stream the match live on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). 

Here’s the preview

How long will PBKS keep ignoring someone like England’s Dawid Malan? He will be a massive help in the middle. Leaving out a star player like him is baffling. Experience is vital and that’s where someone like Malan comes into play. PBKS have continued to back Pooran but that hasn’t worked. He has not made an impact so far. Bishnoi’s inclusion has been a positive move. The likes of Mohammed Shami and Chris Jordan will hope to make things count. Punjab’s strength lies in their front three with the bat. However, one of them needs to continue till the end and make sure there are no hiccups. Deepak Hooda and Shahrukh Khan hold the key in the middle-order. Harpreet Brar will hope to build on from his performance against RCB.

For DC, Dhawan holds a lot of importance. Their aggression and positivity are factors that have worked for him. The likes of Steve Smith, Rishabh Pant, and Marcus Stoinis have contributed as well. Dhawan will look to bat deep and anchor the innings, he will need support. Shaw has been a force and he holds the key in terms of aggression. With the ball, DC have the desired firepower with Kagiso Rabada leading the line alongside Ishant Sharma. Avesh Khan has been superb. Axar is doing a fine job as well and is a prime asset. Lalit Yadav has been a welcome bonus in the side as well.

Probable playing XIs: PBKS vs DC

Punjab probable playing XI:

KL Rahul (c&wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Dawid Malan/Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Riley Meredith

DC probable playing XI: 

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant (c&wk), Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Lalit Yadav, Avesh Khan, Ishant Sharma

Dream11 team prediction (option 1)

Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith

All-rounders: Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis

Bowlers: Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Avesh Khan, Mohammed Shami

Dream11 team prediction (option 2)

Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer

All-rounders: Axar Patel, Deepak Hooda

Bowlers: Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Avesh Khan, Mohammed Shami

Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?

Shikhar Dhawan is a must in the line-up. He has been in top form across the last three seasons. The IPL 2021 has gone well for Dhawan, who has enjoyed a lot of success this season.

KL Rahul is a must in the side. He has batted beautifully so far and is amongst the runs. His application upfront has been terrific. He has anchored the innings well.

Dream11 fantasy: Captain choices

Shikhar Dhawan: Dhawan has been top-notch for DC and the manner in which he has timed the ball has been exquisite. He has been aggressive rather than just hanging around. He has scored the bulk of DC’s runs and the performances have been of utmost significance.

KL Rahul: With 331 runs this season, Rahul has been top-notch. He is the Orange Cap holder and has already smashed four fifties so far.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

In terms of vice-captaincy, Avesh Khan is the best option. He has been taking wickets and is a prime customer for DC.

Harpreet Brar can be a unique choice. He was excellent for PBKS in the last match. He will be buzzing with confidence.

Pitch report and conditions

The pitch will help batsmen as seen in the ongoing season so far. Both teams may look to chase here. The temperature will be on the higher side. But no rainfall is predicted.

Stadium stats

The average first innings score here in T20 cricket is 170.

Head-to-head record

The two teams have faced each other on 27 occasions. PBKS have the edge, winning 15 games. DC have won the remaining 12.

Match prediction

We feel DC are the in-form side and will win this tie.

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