Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals face each other in match number 64 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season.

Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings face each other in match number 32 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Wednesday. The match is being held at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. From five games, DC have claimed two wins and three losses. On the other hand, PBKS have claimed three wins and three losses from six.

This is a massive game for both sides as they seek two valuable points and make their presence on the table. Here we present a complete analysis.

Analysis of DC

DC lost their previous game versus RCB and will hope to bounce back against Punjab. They need a solid performance with bat and ball to get past a hungry PBKS outfit, who themselves are aiming to earn a victory after a defeat versus SRH. The Capitals have had David Warner firing for them, and that’s massive. The likes of Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant will need to contribute against the Kings and support Warner if the Aussie gets going. Pant scored 34 in the previous game.

In terms of bowling, DC are well stocked. Kuldeep Yadav has done really well so far and has been amongst the wickets. The left-arm spinner will be aiming to continue the good work. In Khaleel Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, and Shardul Thakur, the pace unit looks lethal. Axar Patel and Lalit Yadav can influence the game as well. If DC’s boxes are ticked, they can put Punjab under pressure. 

Analysis of PBKS

Punjab have been playing well so far, but a defeat against the resurgent Sunrisers hurt the side. Punjab need their top four batters to come good. Mayank Agarwal is expected to be back after missing the previous match. Shikhar Dhawan will hope to fare well versus his former employees. Jonny Bairstow is yet to fire, and this can be a massive game for him. Another failure can lead to Bhanuka Rajapaksa coming back. Liam Livingstone has had a terrific season so far, and his runs can be crucial.

In terms of bowling, PBKS have Kagiso Rabada leading the line. He is a proven customer and can get an early scalp or two. Also, there is Rahul Chahar, who has been doing an able job so far. Arshdeep Singh has shown he is an intelligent bowler in the ranks. Altogether, PBKS have their bases covered.  

Head-to-head record

The two teams have met 28 times in the IPL, with Punjab winning 15 and DC pocketing the remaining games. In IPL 2021, DC won both games versus Punjab.

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

DC predicted playing XI: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Yash Dhull, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Rovman Powell, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Khaleel Ahmed

PBKS predicted playing XI: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Odean Smith, Shahrukh Khan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Vaibhav Arora, Arshdeep Singh

Which team is the predicted winner?

It is expected to be a close contest between two able sides on paper. However, DC are a bit ahead when it comes to the overall composure, especially in bowling. Warner can be prolific for DC, and if the others support him, then DC will enjoy themselves. In terms of bowling, the likes of Khaleel and Kuldeep can trump the PBKS batters.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

The Brabourne pitch is a paradise for batters. Anything around the 200-run mark can be a decent score. Bowlers will need to stick to the plans. Spinners will have a say, and we saw the RR spin unit claiming six scalps versus KKR. The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.

The major batting stats on offer

Shikhar Dhawan has amassed 5,989 runs in the IPL. He can be just the second player after Virat Kohli to script 6,000-plus runs. Warner has smashed 945 runs versus PBKS and can become the first player to hit 1,000 runs against them.  

The major bowling stats on offer

Shardul has 71 wickets and is two shy of going past Ishan Sharma (72). Kagiso Rabada has 83 scalps and requires three more to surpass Albie Morkel (85). Kuldeep Yadav has 11 wickets in the IPL 2022 season.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant

All-rounders: Liam Livingstone

Bowlers: Vaibhav Arora, Kuldeep Yadav, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Shardul Thakur

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant

All-rounders: Liam Livingstone, Axar Patel

Bowlers: Kuldeep Yadav, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain choices

David Warner: The southpaw has settled in well for DC and has two substantial scores under his belt from three games. He will relish the chance to take on PBKS, who are a side he loves batting against.

Shikhar Dhawan: The opener played well versus MI, and a similar show can be on offer from his bat. Nearing the 6,000-run mark, Dhawan has seen it all. He will be charged against a solid DC bowling. He has over 200 runs this season.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Kuldeep Yadav: The Indian bowler has regained his confidence, and that serves as a huge plus. Kuldeep is a champion bowler, and with 11 wickets under his belt, he has hit the right chords. His wrist-spin and unsettled Punjab.

Kagiso Rabada: The SA star knows his job well, and he will look to chip in both upfront and at the death. He will be aiming to get key wickets, and his extra pace can be useful.

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