It is the battle of the two most inconsistent sides in the tournament, as the Punjab Kings face the Delhi Capitals in a high-stakes encounter. It will be a game of cricket that could seal one team’s passage into the playoff and crush the hopes of the other team. We will also see which team will win two games on the bounce for the first time in this tournament, with both not having won two straight games the entire tournament.
Both teams have seemed to have found form at just about the right time in the tournament. But this live cricket game is a virtual knock-out, with the winner staying on, and the loser as good as going home. So which team will be the victor in this “North Indian Derby”?
The Kings have done themselves a huge favour by thrashing the Royal Challengers in their last game, giving them two valuable points, and also giving their NRR a huge makeover. They were absolutely lethal with both the bat and ball, with Bairstow going absolutely berserk in the start, giving them a massive platform, which Liam Livingstone duly took advantage of. Their bowling, led by Arshdeep and Rabada, seems to be growing from strength to strength, cementing their reputation as one of the best death bowling tandems in the IPL. Such is the power in their batting, that the lack of runs from the skipper has not hampered their free-scoring style. Will they be able to continue this against the Capitals, or will old failings rear their head once again?
Another team that has found a second wind in their sails, they have been cantering along nicely, with Warner, and now Marsh finally finding that spark that has been missing for him. This is a great omen for a side that has been looking for that missing spark in their batting, and now that Marsh has finally found his groove, this team has unlocked a whole new level with its batting prowess. With opener Prithvi Shaw also back in the camp after recording from illness, this could be the most settled batting combination for the Capitals since the start of the season. They will have to pull their weight when it comes to the ball, with Kuldeep falling into a lull, and the rest of the bowlers not able to get the wickets that are required to halt the progress of the opponents.
PBKS 14-15 DC. Delhi enjoys the ever so slightest edge over Punjab in what has been dubbed the ‘North Indian derby’. However, since 2018 Punjab has won five of the nine contests between the two.
This match has all the makings of an absolute run-fest, with the contest pitting two of the most fearsome batting unites against each other. The outcome of the match will rest upon which team’s bowling attack will be able to withstand that early barrage of aggression and manage to execute their game plan to perfection. And if the past games are anything to go by, Punjab Kings are the early favourites in this game due to their better bowling.
Date and Time
16th May 2022 (Monday), at 7:30 pm
DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai