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Indian T20 League 2023: DEL vs PUN, Match 59 – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Team Delhi vs Team Punjab, (DEL vs PUN, Match 59)

Date: May 13, 2023 – 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi

The match no. 59 of the Indian T20 League 2023 will witness Team Delhi taking on Team Punjab in the evening fixture of the Saturday double-header. The two teams will meet at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on May 13.

Team Delhi are on the brink of elimination having lost seven out of their 11 games. They sit at the bottom of the pile with eight points and a negative net run-rate of -0.605. They need to win the remaining three games and rely on other results to have a shot at the playoffs. 

Delhi Capitals were defeated by 27 runs in the previous game against Chennai away from home. Mitch Marsh was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 18 while Axar Patel picked 2 for 27 to restrict Chennai to 167. Chasing the target, their batters could not get going. Axar Patel struck 21 off 12 at the back end but it was too late. 

Punjab have five of their 11 matches and occupy eighth spot with a net run-rate of -0.441. They need to win at least two of the three games with big margins to stay alive in the competition. Punjab are coming off a five-wicket defeat against Kolkata away from home.

Shikhar Dhawan scored 57 off 47 at the top before Shahrukh Khan and Harpreet Brar played quick cameos to help them get 179. Rahul Chahar picked 2 for 23 off his four overs while Nathan Ellis took 1 for 29. Sam Curran conceded 20 runs off the penultimate over. Arshdeep Singh was excellent in the final over while defending only six but Rinku Singh a four to clinch the victory for Kolkata.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for DEL vs PUN, Match 59

The pitches at Arun Jaitley Stadium have traditionally assisted spinners but short boundaries offer plenty of runs as well. The average first innings score here in the Indian T20 League since 2017 stands at 174. This season, the number stands at 168 from five games.

The forecast suggests Delhi should witness clear weather on Saturday evening with no rain threat. The temperature will be a bit high, hovering around 32°C. 

Team Delhi – Expected XI and Team News 

In the absence of Anrich Nortje, Delhi have gone with four overseas batters in David Warner, Phil Salt, Mitch Marsh and Rilee Rossouw. They have relied on Indian pacers with Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel as spinners. Axar, Marsh, Warner, Kuldeep and Phil Salt are top fantasy picks from this team.

Probable XI – David Warner (c), Phil Salt (wk), Mitch Marsh, Manish Pandey, Rilee Rossouw, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mukesh Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Ishant Sharma

Team Punjab – Expected XI and Team News 

Team Punjab brought in Bhanuka Rajapaksa in place of Matt Short in the previous game. Nathan Ellis has kept Kagiso Rabada out of the playing XI with impressive performances. Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Jitesh Sharma and Arshdeep Singh are top options for your fantasy team.

Probable XI – Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prabhsimran Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Nathan Ellis, Arshdeep Singh

Head to Head record of DEL vs PUN 

Total Encounters – 30

Team Delhi won – 15

Team Punjab won – 15

Delhi lead the last five encounters by 4-1.

Best Captaincy Picks for the DEL vs PUN match

Shikhar Dhawan: Batter, Team Punjab 

Shikhar Dhawan has been a prolific run-scorer in the Indian T20 League and this season is no different. He has piled on 349 runs from eight innings this season at an average of 58 while striking at 144. Dhawan has registered three fifties in the tournament and is a top captaincy candidate.

David Warner: Batter, Team Delhi 

David Warner hasn’t been at his best this season but remains a key player. He has scored 330 runs from 11 innings at an average of 33 and strike rate of 119. Warner has registered four fifties in the tournament. He has shown signs of returning to form and can be a good C/VC option here. 

Axar Patel: All-rounder, Team Delhi 

Axar Patel has been magnificent for Delhi in this season with both bat and ball. He has made 267 runs in the competition at an average of 33 while striking at 138. The left arm spinner has also picked nine wickets at an economy of 6.93. Axar is a solid C/VC option for this match. 

Top Differential Picks 

Sam Curran: All-rounder, Team Punjab 

The most expensive player in the history of the league, Sam Curran hasn’t had a great season. He has scored 196 runs at 24 average and 137 strike rate while picking seven wickets with the ball. With his ownership dropping to 40%, he can be a good differential.

Rahul Chahar: Bowler, Team Punjab 

Rahul Chahar hasn’t had a desired season, picking only five wickets from 11 matches. But he was superb in the previous game with 2 for 23 in four overs. Picked by only 24% of the MPL teams, Chahar can be a great differential in this game.

MPL Fantasy XI 

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

Star Sports Network has acquired the television rights of the Indian T20 League 2023 while Viacom 18 have the digital rights. You can watch the matches on Star Sports channels or stream online on Jio Cinema. 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 


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