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Indian T20 League 2023, match 64: PUN vs DEL Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Punjab vs Delhi

Date: May 17, Wednesday, 7.30 PM IST

Venue: Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium

Delhi and Punjab will contest match no 64 of the Indian T20 league 2023. The match will be played at the picturesque Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamshala. Punjab, who are seventh in the points table, still stand a chance to make it to the playoffs. But Delhi have already been knocked out of the elimination race.

This will be the second meeting between Delhi and Punjab this season. Punjab won the reverse fixture between the two three days ago. Batting first, the Shikhar Dhawan led side scored a total of 167 for 7 in their 20 overs on the back of a century by Prabhsimran Singh alone. In reply, Delhi were able to muster only 136 runs, and nearly half of those runs were scored by David Warner alone. For Punjab, Harpreet Brar picked up four wickets while Nathan Ellis and Rahul Chahar also contributed with two wickets each. 

Chennai, Gujarat and Lucknow are certain to play the playoffs. But who between Mumbai and Bangalore goes ahead is yet to be known. Punjab’s chances also depend on the result of the remaining league games of other teams.

Ahead of match no 64 of the Indian T20 League 2023, lets look at the possible playing XI of both teams, their head to head total, the pitch report and more.

Weather update and pitch report

The pitch at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamshala is unlikely to produce a high scoring game. The fast bowlers are likely to get more assistance on this pitch as compared to the slow bowlers. Anything above 165 will be a good target.

The weather in Dharamshala will be pleasant. It will be cloudy but rain is not forecast.

Delhi team news and predicted XI

Team news: Anrich Nortje missed the last three games. He flew back home due to personal reasons but is now available for selection.  

Full squad: David Warner  (c), Prithvi Shaw, Ripal Patel, Rovman Powell, Sarfaraz Khan, Yash Dhull, Mitchell Marsh, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Anrich Nortje, Chetan Sakariya, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Khaleel Ahmed, Lungi Ngidi, Mustafizur Rahman, Aman Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Praveen Dubey, Vicky Ostwal, Ishant Sharma, Phil Salt, Mukesh Kumar, Manish Pandey, Rilee Rossouw, Abishek Porel.

Predicted XI: D Warner (C), P Salt (wk), M Marsh, M Pandey, P Garg, A Patel, R Patel, A Hakim Khan, K Yadav, A Nortje, I Sharma

Punjab team news and predicted XI

Team news: Punjab do not have any injury concerns and are unlikely to change their playing XI.

Full squad: Atharva Taide, Prabhsimran Singh, Matthew Short, Liam Livingstone, Harpreet Singh Bhatia, Sam Curran(c), Jitesh Sharma(w), Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Arshdeep Singh, Rahul Chahar, Sikandar Raza, Kagiso Rabada, Rishi Dhawan, Mohit Rathee, Shivam Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Baltej Singh, Vidhwath Kaverappa, Gurnoor Brar

Predicted XI: P Singh, S Dhawan (c), B Rajapaksa, L Livingstone, J Sharma (wk), S Curran, S Khan, H Brar, R Dhawan, R Chahar, A Singh

PUN vs DEL: Head-to-head record

Delhi and Punjab have played 31 matches in the past, 15 of which have been won by Delhi, while Punjab have won 16 games. The recent fixture between the two teams three days ago was also won by Punjab.

PUN vs DEL: Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players to watch out for in the game

David Warner – batsman, Delhi

No other batsman in the Delhi team has been as consistent as their skipper David Warner, who is their highest run-scorer with 427 runs in 10 matches at an average of 61 and a strike rate of 152.50. Warner has scored five half centuries this season. He scored 53 off 27 in the reverse fixture against Punjab and will be looking for a similar knock in the return fixture. Warner brings with him the experience of 99 T20 internationals, from which he has 2894 runs at an average of 32.88 and a strike rate of 141.30.

Shikhar Dhawan – batsman, Punjab

Shikhar Dhawan is the leading run-scorer for Punjab. The opening batsman has scored 402 runs in 12 matches at an average of 40.20 and a strike rate of 122.93. This includes three half centuries. He scored only seven runs in the reverse fixture against Delhi and will be looking to make amends for it in the return fixture. Dhawan brings with him the experience of 68 T20 internationals, from which he has an average and strike rate of 27.92 and 126.36.

Kuldeep Yadav – bowler, Delhi

Kuldeep Yadav is the leading wicket-taker for Delhi this season with 18 wickets in 12 matches at an average of 20.66, an economy of 8.71, and a strike rate of 14.2.

Prabhsimran Singh – batsman, Punjab

The opening batsman was Punjab’s best performer in the reverse fixture against Delhi. Singh scored a knock of 103 runs off 65 balls which was laced with 10 boundaries and six maximums. The young batsman has a good average and strike rate in his 53-match T20 career. The average reads 34.65 while the strike rate reads 141.23.

Kagiso Rabada – bowler, Punjab

Kagiso is the leading wicket-taker for Punjab this season, with 21 wickets at an average of 16.38. He has taken 14 wickets in the last five games.


PUN vs DEL – where and what time to watch the match live in India

The Punjab vs Delhi match will be televised on the Star Sports Network. You can also watch the live streaming of the game on the Jio cinema app. The match will begin at 7.30 PM IST on May 17.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks.

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. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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