IPL 2021, DC vs PBKS: Here is the statistical preview
The second game of double-header Sunday will see Delhi Capitals take on Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season. The Rishabh Pant-led side lost the low-scoring thriller to Rajasthan Royals as Chris Morris snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Meanwhile, Punjab Kings were recently handed a one-sided defeat by Chennai Super Kings. Here is the statistical preview.
A look at the head-to-head record
Punjab Kings have had the wood over Delhi Capitals in the IPL. The two teams have clashed in 26 games, with Punjab winning 15 of them. They have a win percentage of 57.69 against DC. Meanwhile, DC have managed to win 11 games (win percentage: 42.31). Both the teams won a game against each other in the IPL 2020.
The key battles to watch out for
Delhi Capitals opener Prithvi Shaw has managed to score only nine runs off 16 balls by Mohammed Shami, while Shami has dismissed him once. However, Shaw's compatriot Shikhar Dhawan has dominated the Punjab seamer. He owns 66 runs off 46 balls against Shami, while Shami has never dismissed him. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has dismissed Chris Gayle as many as five times.
Will Ashwin be used in the powerplay?
After the loss against RR, DC coach Ricky Ponting admitted that "not bowling out Ashwin was a mistake". Considering his deceptive variations, the Indian off-spinner could be a vital asset in the powerplay. Over the years, he has picked up 42 wickets at an average of 22.88 in the first six overs. Moreover, he scalped seven wickets at 16.71 in this phase last season.
Rahul and Pant has a terrific record at Wankhede
The match between PBKS and DC will be played at the Wankhede Stadium. Notably, the last game here also featured Punjab. For Punjab, KL Rahul has the highest runs at Wankhede (290). His last four scores at this venue read as - 5, 91, 100*, and 94. Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant owns 191 runs at 63.67 on this venue.