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Shikhar Dhawan missed out on a hundred in his first match this year, but he looks all set to get one. The conditions are favorable and the Capitals seem to be motoring along nicely. Bet on Dhawan to score a century.
Shaw looked in excellent touch in the first match, but after that he has looked scratchy at best. He is known to struggle against quality pace bowling and Punjab have a couple of quality bowlers. Considering that, we don't expect him to have a long stay at the wicket. Bet on him to be knocked out below a personal score of under 39.
Punjab Kings have a superb batting unit and after a delightful start, they'll be looking to score a total of 200. They have some fabulous hitters to come and we expect them to easily exceed the 200-run mark. Bet on Punjab to score over 206.5.
On a surface that is tailor-made for batting, Punjab Kings have gotten off to a dream start. Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul are both looking in terrific touch and will be difficult to contain. We expect this partnership to continue for a long time and it is highly unlikely that they'll lose next wicket before a total of 92 runs.
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With six humdingers being played already, the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League couldn't have had a better start. All sides are looking well-balanced and most matches are going right down to the wire. Barring Sunrisers Hyderabad, each of the eight teams have already tasted success.
Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals suffered disappointing losses in their respective matches after getting to terrific starts. They are now set to take on each other in the North-Indian derby, which is to be played at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on 18th April 2021. The surface of Mumbai suits the kind of strategies these two sides employ. Both sides have prolific fast-bowlers who like to hit the deck and swing the ball early. The match has all the ingredients of a perfect recipe and a humdinger of a contest is certainly on the cards.
Just when Delhi Capitals looked invincible after their staggering defeat over Chennai Super Kings, their vulnerabilities were all exposed by a spirited Rajasthan Royals' side. The absence of Shreyas Iyer in the middle-order was felt big time as wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals in their previous match. Apparently, the Capitals now look a top-heavy team, and contributions from middle-order will be imperative for them to do well.
Surprisingly, Delhi Capitals appeared to be a better team in the first match, wherein they were missing their key players. The return of Kagiso Rabada although strengthened Capitals on paper, he could not hold his nerve in the death overs against Chris Morris. Another culprit for the Capitals was Tom Curran, who failed to deliver to the plan and was tonked away for runs. Chris Woakes, however, was a silver lining for them as he delivered at the death as well as in the powerplay. Considering the Capitals are having troubles with their death bowling, we expect them to replace Tom Curran with Anrich Nortje in this upcoming encounter.
On the batting front a well, Delhi Capitals are struggling with a lack of firepower in the middle and that was apparent in their last match as well. With Iyer absent, the onus now lies with Rishabh Pant, who although is in good form, might find it too difficult to drag the team in case they lose early wickets. Other than that, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have looked good at the top.
With almost no experience available in the lower middle-order, Delhi Capital depends heavily on their top-four. On paper, bowling is certainly their strength with the presence of Chris Woakes, Kagiso Rabada, and Anrich Nortje. Ashwin hasn't really impressed yet and with the surface beginning to take turn already, he might prove to be a trump card for them. Overall, they are a good team but will need their stalwarts to deliver. If that happens, the Capitals will be in business big-time.
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steven Smith, RR Pant, Marcus Stoinis, CR Woakes, Lalit Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh khan, Lukman Meriwala.
It was not too long ago when it appeared that the change of name seemed to have worked for the Kings. However, they were handed a reality check by Chennai Super Kings in their most recent match, in which they were defeated rather easily. That loss elaborated a few vulnerabilities, which the Kings would want to fix going forward in the tournament. They have the strength and resources available and it will be interesting to see how they fare in the matches to come.
The biggest strength last year for Punjab Kings was the consistency of their opening pair. It was so good that even Chris Gayle was not able to find his place in the top two and was accommodated at one-down. This year, however, Punjab's opening pair hasn't even been the shadow of what it was like the last year. Mayank Agarwal seems to be going through a rough patch and that has put an immense amount of pressure on KL Rahul. Given that IPL is a fast tournament and changes are needed to be made quickly, we might see Chris Gayle swapping positions with Mayank Agarwal.
Punjab Kings bagged a couple of fast bowlers from the auction and while that should have bolstered their bowling, it hasn't happened yet. Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson have been expensive and need to adapt to the Indian conditions quickly. Besides, the strategy of going in with just five bowlers doesn't seem to be working for Punjab, and to add insult to injury, Nicholas Pooran isn't looking in the best of form. With Shahrukh Khan contributing well in the previous match, the Kings might consider including Moises Henriques in place to Nicholas Pooran to impart balance to the side.
On paper, Kings XI Punjab have a top-order that is as good as any. However, they have been found wanting in the execution and will need something special from their middle-order in the upcoming match. In Mohammad Shami, Shahrukh Khan, and Deepak Hooda, Punjab already have a few positives, which they would like to build upon. If they can get their balance right and are able to perform to their potential, Punjab Kings will be a tough side to deal with.
Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Jalaj Saxena, Jhye Richardson, Mohammed Shami, Riley Meredith, Arshdeep Singh.
The fact that dew plays a role here contributes to the fact outcome that fast bowlers enjoy more success here at this venue as compared to the slower bowlers. Both sides lost their previous respective matches while batting first and that is a big factor to be considered. Also, the surface is unlikely to change over the course of 40 overs, amplifying the impact of dew. For that reason, the captain winning the toss is likely to have a bowl.
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Wankhede has generally been a high-scoring venue in the shortest format of the game, but we have seen all kinds of scores here this season. The season kicked off with a couple of high-scoring contests, but we have seen some low-scoring matches, of late. Having said that, the fact remains that this is a ground that offers the batsmen an excellent value for their shots. Short boundaries ensure that even the mishits clear the ropes with remarkable ease. Dew will be a factor in the upcoming match and the two teams will be wary of that fact. Given the recent results and historical totals, a score of around 180 will be about par here in the upcoming contest. Keeping the dew factor into consideration, the team batting first will want to score at least 10-15 runs in excess of the par score.
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Both sides are coming off losses in their last respective matches and will want to register a win here. None of them have ever won the tournament and garnering as many points as possible in the early stage of the competition can go a long way. Comparing the two sides on paper, Punjab Kings seem to be having a better-balanced batting unit. Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, have a bowling unit that can send destroy even the best. Capitals' middle-order hasn't really performed in the tournament and that could prove to be a factor in the upcoming match. For that reason, we are placing our money on Punjab's win and so should you.
Ravichandran Ashwin was arguably under-bowled in the last match and that is one mistake that might have played on the captain's as well as the coach's mind after that game against the Royals. Ashwin is an excellent bowler against the left-handers and the Kings have plenty of left-handers. Ashwin is an intelligent customer and should easily grab a wicket in this upcoming match
In the last three seasons combined, no batsmen has been as consistent as KL Rahul. Since 2018's season, he has scored at an average of 54.54. Given that this match is being played on a batting beauty and KL Rahul is in excellent form, he should be able to notch yet another personal fifty in this upcoming match.
Rishabh Pant has not only been in terrific form but also has a stellar record while playing at this venue. In his last five IPL games here, he has averaged a tad under 64 and has scored at a strike rate of 193. Additionally, he is now coming in to bat a slot higher in the batting order, which gives him an opportunity to get set before taking on the bowlers. Hitting a six comes naturally to him and it is pretty certain that he will hit at least one six in this match. An excellent punt for those looking to play it safe.
Although the last match here was a low-scoring encounter, it doesn't take away the fact that Wankhede Stadium is a paradise to bat on. We have often seen towering totals getting chased down here with remarkable ease. Besides, both sides have hard-hitting top-order that is unlikely to get bogged down. A match total of at least 343 runs is definitely on the cards.
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