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Delhi Capitals is almost out of the Indian Premier League playoff qualification when they lost the match against the Chennai Super Kings in their previous match by 27 runs, and once again, the batting of Delhi Capital was a total flop.
The Delhi team will look to win their remaining 3 matches, and in these three, they should give a chance to players who have not played any match in the IPL season 2023. The next match is against the Punjab Kings, who are also not in good form but have a better chance of qualifying for the playoffs than Delhi.
Delhi Capitals does not look like a confident team because the spirit and morale are so down that no one seems happy in the team, which is one of the issues with Delhi’s side this season. Except for one match, the batting unit struggled in the whole season of IPL 2023.
David Warner was not happy about their last loss because the bowlers did a fine job restricting the Chennai Super Kings side to 165, which was a chasable score.
Back to losing three wickets. We lost a wicket in the first over. Our opening combination is crucial. We lost a wicket to a run-out. We threw wickets away. Put too much on pressure on ourselves. Was a gettable total. To sum it up, we needed a better first six. We couldn’t rotate strike. We needed to try different things but we couldn’t. When you get a wide half-tracker you can’t hit it to cover. We should have executed better with those wide half-trackers.David Warner said in the post match presentation
Punjab Kings will go up against the Delhi Capitals in their next match after losing two back-to-back matches against Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders. They lost their last match against the Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets, and it was a last-ball thriller between these two sides.
The most expensive player in the IPL was the criminal in the match when he gave away 20 runs in the 2nd last over. Kolkata Knight Riders needed 26 runs in 2 overs, and then came Andre Russell’s muscle power as he smashed down 3 sixes in Sam Curran’s over to bring the required run in the last over to 6 only.
Arshdeep Singh somehow took the match to the last ball because of his amazing death-bowling skills, but in the last match, he missed his yorker length and gave away a full toss to Rinku Singh, who hit it for a four.
The next match for Punjab and Delhi will be a do-or-die match, but Punjab have a better chance to qualify for the playoffs, and for that, they need to give their best because, in the 2nd phase of IPL season 2023, Punjab Kings failed to keep their winning momentum and the team went to downfall.
DC vs PBKS: Head-to-Head Record
Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings played 30 matches in IPL in which they stand on the equal win as both teams won 15 matches each, which shows how close their matches went. These two neighboring states will be going to play their first match against each other in IPL 2023, and for both of them, it’s an important match.
In the last 5 matches, Delhi Capitals completely dominated Punjab Kings as they won all 5 last matches since the 2020 season. In their last match against each other, Delhi Capitals won the match by 17 runs in which Shardul Thakur was the player of the match by picking 4 wickets, but this year he went to Kolkata Knight Riders team.
Mitchell Marsh was the best batter from the Delhi Capitals side, scoring 63 runs in 48 balls. From the Punjab side, Liam Livingstone and Arshdeep Singh was the best performer as both of them took 3-3 wickets each.
DC vs PBKS: Pitch Report of Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
2023 IPL Stats at Arun Jaitley Stadium:
|Batting first won||1|
|Batting second won||4|
|Average 1st innings score||165|
|Pace bowlers took||35 Wickets|
|Spiner bowlers took||21 Wickets|
The last match on the ground was between Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, which was a decent-scoring match in which the batter dominated the game, and batters bashed out bowlers. The spinners got nothing from the pitch in the last match, but in the next match between Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings, there might be some assistance for the spinners.
The pitch favored batter way more than bowlers, and the outfield is super fast. Once the ball beats the defender, then it is not going to stop if the timing is right.
Arun Jaitley Stadium is a high-scoring venue with short boundaries, which will help the batsman to score runs at a higher strike rate. The Pitch is also not spinner or pace-bowler friendly as the swing is less, and the batting 2nd side will find it easy to chase down the total as it happened in the previous season.
As 5 matches have already been played on the ground, there is a huge chance that Pitch will favor spinners more. Moisture will be there on the pitch, giving a bit of swing for the swing bowlers.
Team Preview of Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals have struggled with their batting unit all season, and for the next season, they need big changes, or the batsman need to change their attitude toward the game because they are not scoring at all except in 1 match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore Delhi team struggled in every match to win.
The next match is against the Punjab Kings, whom they have been dominating for the last 3 seasons and won their last 5 matches against them, which is a positive point for the Delhi Capital side as they need to win every match now to qualify for the Playoffs and also look out for the other matches.
David Warner is not performing well after the first 6 matches in which he scored 3 half-centuries and some 25+ innings, but in his last 5 matches, he crossed the 20+ mark only once and got out on duck two times which clearly shows that he is struggling with the form. Until now, he played 11 matches and scored 330 runs with an average of 30 runs per match, but his strike rate is still 119.
Axar Patel is the only player who has been consistent with their performance, as he scored 267 runs in 11 matches and took 9 wickets. He is the second-highest run-scorer and wicket-taker in both departments.
After returning to his own marriage, Mitchell Marsh performed better than he did before, and in his last 5 matches, he picked up 9 wickets and scored 1 half-century. This might be, you can say, lady luck for him.
The Delhi Capitals team needs to look for their run-out scenario and take it seriously because, in every match, they are throwing away one wicket to run out. They are right now at the bottom of the table and have an outside chance to qualify for the playoffs.
Phil Salt has been playing quite well since he was given a chance to play in the opening slot, and in just 6 matches, he scored 168 runs with a strike rate of 175, and now he is happy with himself, as he said in the match interview.
Firstly, it’s great to be out there. I didn’t start in the team for the first few games, so to come into the side and to put a couple of performances together, I am really happy with that. To win us the game, even happier. You have to get your head around the different conditions and different sorts of wickets, the surfaces you might play on. I made a couple of small technical adjustments but nothing too wholesale, So far so good. I am loving it (tournament), I am taking in as much as I can. We’ve got an unbelievable coaching staff here. To have Punter and Watto, just to name a couple, is unbelievable for myself.Phil Salt said in the pre match interview before playing against the Chennai Super Kings.
Team Preview of Punjab Kings
Punjab Kings have 10 points from the 11 matches, and they are still in the race to qualify for the playoffs, but they need to win every match from now on, and the next match is against the side who won the last 5 matches against them in IPL since 2020 season.
Punjab Kings need their middle order to be more consistent because in the last match, it was a total flop, and Shikhar Dhawan made a wrong decision by giving Bhanuka Rajapaksa another chance which hurt them as he got out on duck.
Punjab Kings management is not good, and they have been one of the reasons why the Punjab side struggled so much in the last 8-9 seasons of IPL. The team is not settled, and in every season, they just change almost the whole squad, which makes the bonding weaker between the players and the franchise because they are not backing their players and judging them by just 1 season. They need to learn team management from the Chennai Super Kings side, who backs their player most, and that’s why they have such a settled squad every season.
Except for Arshdeep Singh and Nathan Ellis, other pace bowlers are not doing their job right, especially Sam Curran, who was brought in by the Punjab Kings team with a huge price tag but failed to keep his status as the most expensive player.
If the pitch favors the spinners, then it will benefit the Punjab Kings team because they have three spinners on their side who are doing better than their pace unit. If Punjab wants to qualify for the playoffs, then they have to pull themselves back together and go for a huge win in the next match.
DC vs PBKS Probable Playing XIs:
Probable Lineup of Delhi Capital Probable XI (DC)
David Warner(c), Phil Salt(w), Manish Pandey, Rilee Rossouw, Priyam Garg, Axar Patel, Ripal Patel, Aman Hakim Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma
Probable Lineup of Punjab Kings Probable XI (RCB)
Prabhsimran Singh, Shikhar Dhawan(c), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma(w), Sam Curran, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rishi Dhawan, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh
Impact Players from both team
Punjab Kings are likely to use Nathan Ellis to replace Bhanuka Rajapaksa, and Lungi Ngidi can replace Philip Salt as an Impact player for the Delhi Capital side.