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Dubai: When the Delhi capitals meet the Punjab Kings in Ahmedabad today, the teams will have very different agendas. With Delhi looking to dominate the standings, Punjab want to reach the top four as the 2021 Indian Premier League reaches halfway. But the Punjab has been crippled by the absence of Captain KL Rahul, who is due to undergo surgery for appendicitis.
Delhi didn’t have too many batting issues, with Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan making good use of the power play. The absence of Ravichandran Ashwin (who is absent to support his family’s COVID-19 fight) and Amit Mishra (injured) has not affected them much since Axar Patel and Lalit Yadav admirably stepped into the breach. . Captain Rishabh Pant might be tempted to bring in Ainrich Nortje in place of the failed pacemaker Kagiso Rabada.
The punjab’s batting strength depends on skipper KL Rahul, so his absence will hurt. Mayank Agarwal returns from injury and Chris Gayle has only scored sporadically. After a dismal race, Nicholas Pooran should give way to Dawid Malan. Bowling has been efficient without being spectacular, but certainly not sharp enough to stop Delhi.
The Delhi Capitals should therefore climb to the top of the points table.