IPL 2021 DC vs PBKS Preview

IPL 2021, Match 11, April 18th DC vs PBKS, Wankhede Stadium. Preview DC vs PBKS in IPL 2021, head to head player stats, records of both Dehli Capitals and Punjab Kings at this venue plus the best Dream11 predictions DC vs PBKS.

Key match stats DC vs PBKS preview

Venue Stats – Wankhede Stadium

  • Average first innings: 166
  • Average first innings winning: 178
  • Average powerplay score: 45
  • All-time win % batting 1st vs batting 2nd: 47% / 52%

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Team form DC vs PBKS preview

  • DC – LW
  • PBKS – LW
  • Previous meetings: IPL 2020, DC won by a super over and PBKS won by 5 wickets
IPL 2021 DC vs PBKS preview

Here we preview two sides who roared to victory in their first matches and then rather fell apart in their second outings of IPL 2021. Both DC and PBKS will be keen to get moving in the right direction with today’s fixture and if recent history is anything to go by this should be a tight match. Last season saw these 2 sides go to a super over with DC ultimately winning after bowling PBKS out for 2, to record the joint lowest super over of all time in the IPL!

After a stuttering batting performance against the Royals, DC almost managed to pull off a great comeback before Chris Morris validated his hefty price tag by winning it at the death. That the PBKS batsmen looked a little all over the place against the movement that is available early on at the Wankhede doesn’t bode well for against this DC bowling attack that has looked dangerous in both powerplays so far in IPL 2021.

To prove my point from earlier blogs and in my preview of PBKS for IPL 2021 in general, they look short of genuine all-rounder options and losing early wickets while having Jhye Richardson carded to bat 7 always looked likely to spell disaster. Given that plenty of are falling during the powerplay at the Wankhede it will be interesting to see whether PBKS persist with the balance of their side and if not how they are able to bring in extra batting resources without significantly reducing their firepower with the ball, an issue that looks likely to plague them throughout IPL 2021.

Preview DC vs PBKS head to head player stats

DC bowling vs PBKS batting

DC welcomed back one half of their South African pace duo in Kagiso Rabada for the match against RR earlier in the week and following a false positive COVID-19 test, Nortje is now also available for last year’s finalists.

In a strange way the unavailability of those 2 has probably been a bonus for DC because it’s allowed them to pick Chris Woakes who looks a very dangerous proposition in these conditions with his ability to swing the ball in the powerplay. With DC having plenty of homegrown options in the top order, if they choose to, they could opt to field Woakes, Rabada and Nortje which would give them plenty of wicket taking options throughout the 20 overs.

Whether it’s 3 overseas stars or whether DC look to bring in the likes of Sharma or Yadav it seems almost certain that they and indeed their opponents will opt for 4 seamers today. Here’s how the 2 types of bowling have gone so far at the Wankhede Stadium in IPL 2021

PAce vs Spin at the Wankhede in IPL 2021

Even so, DC can call upon Ravi Ashwin to at least mix things up a bit and he, as is often the case against left-hander, has a fantastic head to head record in the IPL vs Chris Gayle.

Ashwin vs Gayle IPL head to head record

PBKS bowling vs DC batting

Inexperience or at least a lack of experience of these conditions seems to be the main problem for the PBKS bowling attack at the moment. You would have thought if the likes of Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith were going to be a success in IPL 2021, then bowling at the Wankhede would suit them over some of the other conditions they’ll find. Both appear to be improving with every over but in such a competitive league there really isn’t much time to learn on the job.

A lot then could rest on the shoulders of Mohammed Shami who does have a favourable head to head record against several of Delhi Capitals batsmen.

Shami vs DC IPL head to head record

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Published by Statman Tom

Cricket Lover and Writer

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