Punjab kept their campaign alive with an impressive 54-run win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their previous game. Jonny Bairstow came to the party with a scintillating 66 off 29 balls while Liam Livingstone continued his great run, hammering 70 off 42. The form of skipper Mayank Agarwal is the only cause of concern for PBKS in the batting department.
The bowling has been top class. Kagiso Rabada claimed 3 for 21 against RCB while Rishi Dhawan and Rahul Chahar picked up two each. Arshdeep Singh was economical as usual while Harpreet Brar also did a decent job.
PBKS predicted XI: Jonny Bairstow, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Mayank Agarwal (c), Jitesh Sharma (wk), Liam Livingstone, Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh
Delhi are also coming off a crushing win against the Rajasthan Royals (RR). Mitchell Marsh’s all-round show was the biggest positive in their eight-wicket triumph. He followed up his 2 for 25 with the ball with 89 off 62. Chetan Sakariya and Anrich Nortje also chipped in with two wickets each.
David Warner helped himself to another fifty in Delhi’s chase but his opening partner in recent matches, Srikar Bharat, has struggled. It remains to be seen if Prithvi Shaw is ready for the game, having been discharged from hospital. Also, DC skipper Rishabh Pant is yet to play a big knock, so that question mark persists
DC predicted XI: David Warner, Srikar Bharat/Prithvi Shaw, Mitchell Marsh, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Lalit Yadav, Rovman Powell, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Chetan Sakariya, Anrich Nortje
Top fantasy picks for PBKS vs DC clash: Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Kagiso Rabada, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Chetan Sakariya
–Renin Wilben Albert