IPL 2021 preview: More at stake for Punjab Kings against upbeat Delhi Capitals

IPL 2021: After getting the better of an in-form Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings will hope to clinch victory against Delhi Capitals on Sunday.

Published : May 01, 2021 15:49 IST , Ahmedabad

Harpreet Brar starred with the ball against RCB.
Harpreet Brar starred with the ball against RCB.

Harpreet Brar starred with the ball against RCB.

Less than 48 hours after nailing an in-form Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings hopes to scalp another front-runner Delhi Capitals on Sunday in a clash that opens the second half of matches in the Indian Premier League.

Having lost to Delhi by six wickets in Mumbai, Punjab has a score to settle. However, its vulnerable middle-order faces scrutiny by some reputed bowlers desperate to perform to their potential.


This ‘Northern Derby’ at Ahmedabad promises a tall scoring encounter. The teams are capable of shifting gears with explosive power from  their frontline batsmen. Leading contenders for the Orange Cap -  leader K. L. Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw resume the race.


With Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer making no secret of their desire  to be in the mix and a highly-rated Nicholas Pooran desperate to end his poor form - dotted with four ducks - a few bowlers could come under the pump.

To ensure a playoff-spot, a team needs eight wins. With seven to play, Delhi has five victories and Punjab three.

Clearly, the result assumes more importance for Punjab. It needs a winning run like the one seen in last October with five successive triumphs in the second half of the competition.

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Since Punjab plays its last five matches in Bangalore - the last three against off-form Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals - it gives a sense of ‘home-coming’ for Rahul, Gayle and Mayank Agarwal. Therefore, Punjab stays optimistic of its qualifying prospects.

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