Preview by Prakhar
Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals are more than the same 12 points in many matches. The rebound at IPL 2022, with both matches without a win, shows a familiar contradiction. Next Monday, at the end of the season, one of the pair will set a dubious record straight at DY Patil Stadium.
Punjab and Delhi are both battling for landslide victories - PBKS kept Bengaluru and their playoff hopes down, Delhi stalled Rajasthan Royals and claimed victory by 8 wickets, I went 2. But Punjab's big win over RCB not only boosted NRR, but gave Delhi a new lease of life by regaining control of its fortunes in the competition. They're currently outside the top four with two games each to include, but both theoretically have a chance to make the playoffs with one more "W." The tournament business is over, after struggling, fast-evolving calculations, and a bunch of prayer seasons, a feeling that may be foreign to Punjab and, frankly, a luxury neither team wants to rely on.
Monday's meeting was also one between two of the most aggressive batting lineups of the season. Delhi and Punjab are both in the top two and have the most explosive performances this season. DC also had the highest border percentage (20.6), but Punjab was third on the list (19.1). About 7% of both teams ran six times. This was mainly due to the two former SRH openers (David Warner and Sikar Dawan) taking the lead on their new team. Punjab has shown confidence in the underdog Johnny Bainsu (who happens to be another SRH import) and the Brits have repaid their confidence in the 50-something twins since Mayank Agarwal desperately let go of the opener's spot. The lack of movement of their captain's bat didn't put too much pressure on the Punjabis, but it was thanks to the firepower that they squeezed into the top five. Liam Livingstone has proven to be the best 11.5 Cr Punjab on the auction table - with the second-best batting average of 180.75 in IPL 2022 and third behind Jos Buttler (37). Reached the high 6 number (29). Andre Russell (32).
Derry's rotating trio revolved around PBKS's ghetto batting approach in their previous encounter this season, tying them with the humble 115 and earning a big win. However, the Derry spinner didn't have much of a chance at the battered track in the next six games and took just six wickets, five of them, against KKR. The main factor was the decline in earnings from Kuldeep Yadav. With just five wickets in the second half, an average of 37.2 per game, compared to 13 from 14.31 in the first half, his economy jumped from 7.86 to nearly 10. In contrast, Aush Deep Singh in Punjab and Pace Duo in Kagisora Bada had the joint best economy with 9.9 deaths, despite South Africa having the most wickets at the time.
When: Monday, May 16 at 7:30 PM IST
Where: Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai
What to expect: The day of the game was sunny. The chase was the most popular trend on the field as the captain who won the toss chose to hit the first bat only twice so far in this IPL. 10 of the 18 games were chasing and winning.
PBKS 14-15 DC Delhi enjoys a slight edge over Punjab known as the "North India Derby". However, since 2018, Punjab has won 5 of the 9 matches between the two.
Tactics & Match-ups: With 22 innings and 1,005 runs (12 of which were half-century batting), Warner is the leading scorer in the IPL Punjab. To limit the possibility of fireworks early on with his bat, Punjab no doubt let Ravada attack him and shoot the Australian five times with a T20 cricket. The last five open partnerships in Delhi have turned into: 0, 5, 0, 16, and a team is working to find an effective alternative to Prithvi Typhoid. 0.
Probable XI: Jonny Bairstow, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Raajpaksa, Liam Livingstone, Mayank Agarwal (C), Jitesh Sharma (wk, Harpreet Brar, Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Ashdeep Singh
Tactics & Match-ups: Likewise, Delhi is also looking to beat Dawhan, Punjab's top scorer this season, early. To that end, they might take a new ball and give Kuldeep a one or two, who twice denied the southpaw. Dawhan is averaging just 17 against his left-handed spinner, Derry's top wicketkeeper this season (18).
Probable XI: Srikar Bharat/Mandeep Singh, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Rishabh Pant (C, wk0, Lalit Yadav, Rovman Powell, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Singh, Khaleel Ahmed, Anrich Nortje
Did you know?
- In IPL 2022, PBKS has a total of 5 Powerplays over 60 and DC has 3 such totals.
- Mitchell Marsh is averaging 47.2 1,133 hits in 29 innings and has been the leading scorer in T20 cricket since 2021.
-Rabada is currently only using 97 wickets in 61 IPL games and could surpass Lasis Maringa as the fastest of 100 Championship wickets (70 games).
Punjab Kings Squad: Jonny Bairstow, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Mayank Agarwal(c), Jitesh Sharma(w), Harpreet Brar, Rishi Dhawan, Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Shahrukh Khan, Prabhsimran Singh, Odean Smith, Benny Howell, Baltej Singh, Writtick Chatterjee, Prerak Mankad, Ishan Porel, Atharva Taide, Nathan Ellis, Vaibhav Arora, Ansh Patel, Raj Bawa
Delhi Capitals Squad: Srikar Bharat, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Rishabh Pant(w/c), Lalit Yadav, Rovman Powell, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Chetan Sakariya, Anrich Nortje, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Tim Seifert, Lungi Ngidi, Ripal Patel, Yash Dhull, Mustafizur Rahman, Khaleel Ahmed, Ashwin Hebbar, Praveen Dubey, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Vicky Ostwal