PBKS vs DC Preview – Punjab face Delhi in a must-win encounter

Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals will square off in the 64th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League 2023 at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala. It will be the penultimate game for the David Warner-led side, and they will be playing for pride to conclude their IPL 2023 campaign on a high note.

On the other hand, Punjab will be aiming for yet another win against the opponents. Punjab are still are in contention for a place in the playoffs. Delhi Capitals were knocked out of the tournament after losing their most recent game against the Punjab Kings.

Punjab looked in great touch as even after a poor showing from the other top-order batters, and also some middle-order players, opener Prabhsimran Singh notched up a magnificent century to take his side to a respectable total. The bowlers made it up in the second innings. They kept picking wickets at regular intervals which led to DC ending at 136/8 in 20 overs while chasing the 168-run target.

Pitch Conditions

The contest will be hosted at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. The venue will be hosting the first game this season, and the pacers are likely to get more assistance than the spinners. It can be a high-scoring contest too as the batters can be benefitted from the bounce.

Venue details: Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala

Last T20 match at the venue: SL- 146/5 (20 overs) | IND- 148/4 (16.5 overs)

Here’s the probable playing XI for Punjab Kings vs Delhi Capitals clash:

Punjab Kings

Punjab looked formidable in their recent game against Delhi, and would hope to carry the same momentum forward in the cross fixture. Prabhsimran now has knowledge of how to tackle the Delhi bowlers, and will be aiming to go big again.

Delhi Capitals

Delhi Capitals started their campaign with five defeats, which put their playoff chances in jeopardy. Even after winning a few games, they could not manage to do much and eventually ended up losing eight games out of the 12 played so far. As a result, they were knocked out of the race to the championship.