The match between the Delhi Capitals and the Punjab Kings has been hit by a COVID outbreak and has been rescheduled to Mumbai from Pune. It will be played at the Brabourne Stadium providing all of the players scheduled to play the match test negative once more.
This means we could have more than a few players missing from the Delhi Capitals lineup. Mitchell Marsh is certainly going to be one of them. The Punjab Kings do not have such problems but they will also have to fly back on short notice and could be a bit tired ahead of the game.
The best IPL betting sites in India and abroad are all favoring the Punjab Kings to win this match but the odds are not as short as we expected.
Match prediction and IPL betting tips for DC vs PBKS IPL 2022. The match is going to be played at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai on the 20th of April 2022.
DC VS PBKS TEAM PREVIEWS
DC suffered a pretty big loss to RCB in its previous match after being in the driver’s seat for the majority of the chase. Interestingly, it was Mitchell Marsh who struggled to get the ball off the square in the previous match but he is not going to get a chance to redeem himself thanks to a COVID infection.
DC may go back to playing with just two or three overseas players for this match. They don’t have too many options remaining in their squad. Tim Seifert may get another chance or maybe Anrich Nortje is set for another go but neither of these players is a good replacement for Mitchell Marsh.
With Rovman Powell also having a terrible IPL season, DC is struggling for power and quality in its lineup.
This is going to put a lot of pressure on David Warner and Prithvi Shaw to do the bulk of the work at the top of the inning once more. Both of these players are in great form and are stroking the ball nicely.
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DC’s batting lacks depth and its middle order is fragile. Early wickets could be devastating for it.
The bowling lineup is led by an army of left-handed bowlers. Khaleel Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Kuldeep Yadav, and Axar Patel are all in the playing eleven at the same time. It is not a concern since they all have different styles of bowling. Kuldeep Yadav and Khaleel Ahmed have been very good at picking wickets and betting on either one of these players for the Top Bowler betting market is worth serious consideration.
PBKS played its previous match without Mayank Aggarwal but the expectation now is that he will be back in the playing eleven. That will strengthen the batting and allow someone like Shikhar Dhawan to play with a bit more freedom.
PBKS certainly has an in-form player in Liam Livingstone. He has been one of the most exciting players in IPL 2022 with runs, plenty of sixes, and a very high strike rate at all stages of the innings. Liam Livingstone is the player that you want to keep an eye on. A bet on him to be the Man of the Match or maybe the Top Batsman for PBKS could be a great option.
There are some concerns here as well. Shikhar Dhawan and Jonny Bairstow have not set the IPL 2022 season alight just yet. The lower middle-order of Jitesh Sharma, Shahrukh Khan, and Odean Smith offers a lot of power but not too much stability.
PBKS has played a fearless brand of cricket so far. This means that it will come off spectacularly on some days and will completely fail on others. We think PBKS is due for a brilliant match but that is just a feeling!
Match: Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings, Match 32, IPL 2022
Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Date & Time: April 20, 7:30 PM
The last two games at this venue have produced contrasting results and it is one of the difficult grounds to defend targets as well. It will be better for the captain that wins the toss to bowl first. It won’t be easy to post big totals on the ground as well going by the games so far.
PROBABLE PLAYING XIS FOR DC VS PBKS
Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Rovman Powell, Sarfaraz Khan, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Anrich Nortje
Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal (c), Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Vaibhav Arora, Arshdeep Singh
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS
PROBABLE BEST BATTER OF THE MATCH: LIAM LIVINGSTONE
Liam Livingstone had yet another good outing in the previous game against SRH where he scored a half-century and helped his side to a respectable score in the end. The England batter can be very destructive in the middle order and he has already scored 224 runs in the six games he has played. The right-hander is likely to continue his assault going by the way the Punjab Kings have played so far in the tournament.
PROBABLE BEST BOWLER OF THE MATCH: RAHUL CHAHAR
Rahul Chahar has been the standout bowler for Punjab Kings this season and he has continued to impress with his leg spin. The youngster has been able to extract turn from the pitch despite very less assistance from the wickets and has taken nine wickets in six games already in this edition. He can turn games on their head and finished with 2/28 in the previous game when the other bowlers could not make much of an impact.
Today’s match prediction: Punjab Kings to win the match.