Although Delhi faced a massive 40 runs defeat against Mumbai yesterday, their overall performance has been quite impressive and that their confidence is quite difficult to shake. Their weakness lies in the batting order as only Shikhar Dhawan has displayed enough resistance to hold on to the ground whereas others fall like dominos. This time around Keemo Paul will be replaced with Sandeep Lamichhane on the slow and low wickets. This might strengthen their bowling line-up with Sandeep, Axar Patel and leg-spinner Amit Mishra. Ishant Sharma and Kagiso Rabada are the fast bowlers. The home team would also be hoping for their batting unit to step up and deliver after the dismal show against Mumbai.
Probable Line-ups: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma.
Punjab has surprisingly impressed everyone after they knocked out Rajasthan in their previous fixture. With such motivation and a good form has increased Punjab’s chances of seeing themselves in the playoffs. And to deliver the best of it, fewer changes can be expected with Mujeeb Ur Rahman getting replaced by all-rounder Sam Curran. Moises Henriques also may come in provided he is fit. Mayank, Miller, Pooran, and Mandeep are the other batsmen. Arshdeep Singh bowled well in the last match and the management is likely to persist with the teenage sensation.
Probable Line-ups: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravi Ashwin (C), Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh.
PLAYERZPOT PLAYING XI:
The pitch at the Kotla started being a decent batting track. Both the teams stand on the same stage but we can expect Punjab to bowl well and keep up with the batting form. We bet on Punjab to win this fixture.
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi.
Time: 20:00 IST