DC vs PBKS IPL 2021: In the second game of the first IPL 2021 doubleheader day, the Delhi Capitals (DC) will take on the Punjab Kings (PBKS) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 17. The Delhi Capitals kicked off their IPL 2021 campaign with a comprehensive performance against Chennai Super Kings but then conceded a close loss at the hands of Rajasthan Royals in their previous game. On the other hand, Punjab Kings also won their first game against Rajasthan but ended up suffering a heavy loss against Chennai in their last match. However, there will be many exciting players in action in this DC vs PBKS mouth-watering clash.
1. Shikhar Dhawan
Although, Delhi Capitals senior opener Shikhar Dhawan got out early in the last match against Rajasthan but he has been a top performer for his side in the last couple of years. Dhawan smashed a match-winning knock of 85 runs off just 54 balls that consisted of 10 fours and 2 sixes in the first game against Chennai Super Kings. The left-hander finished as the second highest run-getter in IPL 2020 with a brilliant tally of 619 runs in 17 matches at a strike-rate of 144.73. Dhawan also scored two fifties in the recent ODI series against England at home.
Shikhar Dhawan in IPL 2021
2. KL Rahul
Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul also failed to contribute much in the last match after his unfortunate run out dismissal against Chennai. However, Rahul looked in a top-notch form in the first match against Rajasthan Royals where he played a captain’s innings of 91 runs off just 50 balls that comprised of 7 fours and 5 sixes. The Punjab skipper won the prestigious Orange Cap last year having scored a total of 670 runs in 14 games at an amazing average of 55.83. Rahul has also amassed more than 500 runs in the last 3 editions of the IPL.
KL Rahul in IPL 2021
3. Rishabh Pant
Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant has continued his stupendous international cricket form in this edition of the IPL as well. In the last match against Rajasthan Royals, when Delhi lost key wickets at the top, Pant played an impressive knock of 51 runs off 32 balls that included 9 fours to help his team reach a fighting total. He also played a crucial innings in the first win for the Delhi Capitals having scored the winning runs in that game. Pant also clobbered two terrific half-centuries in the recent ODI series against England.
Rishabh Pant in IPL 2021
4. Chris Gayle
The Universe Boss Chris Gayle got out in the last match due to a superb effort in the field from a world class fielder in Ravindra Jadeja. However, Gayle did smash a crucial cameo of 40 runs off 28 deliveries that included 4 fours and 2 sixes against Rajasthan Royals in the first match. The West Indian veteran notched up 288 runs in 7 matches last year in IPL 2020 at a strike-rate of 137.14. The southpaw big-hitting batsman has also been in a remarkable form in the last 5 IPL games having scored a total of 212 runs.
Chris Gayle in last 5 IPL games: 10, 40, 12, 99, 51
5. Kagiso Rabada
While coming in his first match of IPL 2021 getting straightaway out of quarantine, Kagiso Rabada did ended up conceding too many runs in that vital 19th over against Rajasthan Royals where Chris Morris clobbered him for two big sixes. However, Rabada has been one of the most impactful bowlers in the last few years of the IPL. He won the Purple Cap last year in IPL 2020 having taken a total of 30 wickets at an economy of 7.50. Rabada also did pick up two crucial wickets in that match against Rajasthan but he will be aiming to put up a better performance at death in this game.
Kagiso Rabada in the last 5 IPL games
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In the recent development, Delhi Capitals’ premier overseas pacer Anrich Nortje has tested negative for Covid-19 thrice and has also entered the team bio-bubble. However, this gives captain Rishabh Pant a big selection headache but Nortje is likely to replace Tom Curran for this match. On the other hand, Punjab Kings might bring in Chris Jordan or Moises Henriques in place of Riley Meredith.
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