In the 11th match of the IPL 2021, Delhi Capitals (DC) and Punjab Kings (PBKS) will compete against each other at Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai) this Sunday (18th April) night.
Both teams will play their third match of this season this Sunday night. Both have started this IPL 2021 with a win but they then suffered a defeat in their second respective matches.
IPL 2021, Match 11: Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings (DC vs PBKS) – Match Preview
Delhi Capitals (DC)
After claiming an easy victory against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their first match of this IPL 2021, the IPL 2020 runners-up Delhi Capitals (DC) suffered a close three-wicket defeat against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the close low-scoring match.
Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw provided a strong start in their first game as they had the 138 runs partnership in that 189 runs chase where Shaw scored 72 off 38 balls and Dhawan scored 85 off 54 balls as the other batsmen only have to secure the victory in that game.
In their second match, while all the other batsmen were struggling, skipper Rishabh Pant scored crucial 51 runs before getting run out.
Among the Delhi Capitals bowlers, Avesh Khan has highly impressed who has taken five wickets in two games of this IPL 2021. Also, England cricketer Chris Woakes has got four wickets this season after playing two games, while South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada (IPL 2020 Purple Cap winner) played his first game of this IPL 2021 in their last match and got two wickets.
Rishabh Pant (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ishant Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Shams Mulani (short-term replacement of Axar Patel), Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Praveen Dubey, Lalit Yadav, Chris Woakes, Steven Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddharth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Aniruddha Joshi (replacement for Shreyas Iyer)
Punjab Kings (PBKS)
Punjab Kings (PBKS) started this IPL 2021 with a four-run win against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the high-scoring encounters while they then suffered a thrashing 6-wicket defeat against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
In their first match of this season, PBKS captain KL Rahul scored 91 runs before the opener was out in the last over of their innings. Chris Gayle scored 40 off 28 balls in their season opener while Deepak Hooda scored 64 off 28 balls. But in their second game, the entire PBKS batting line-up hugely struggled, except Shahrukh Khan who scored 47 runs in that match.
Among the PBKS bowlers, only the pacers Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh have impressed in this early moment of this IPL 2021 as both have got 4 wickets each.
KL Rahul (C), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Prabhsimran Singh, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith, Dawid Malan, Shahrukh Khan, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Saurabh Kumar, Fabian Allen.
IPL 2021, Match 11: Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings (DC vs PBKS) – Match Prediction
Delhi Capitals are the much-balanced side as their major places have been covered really well. Meanwhile, Punjab Kings still have to prove many things, especially in their bowling squad and middle-order batting line-up. Though Delhi Capitals can begin as the favourite for the forthcoming contest, PBKS also have some high-quality players who can single-handedly control the matches.