IPL 2023: Punjab Kings win toss, elect to bowl first against Delhi Capitals
PBKS skipper Shikhar Dhawan confirmed two changes in the line-up with Atharve Taide coming in for Rishi Dhawan and Kagiso Rabada replacing Sikandar Raza. "We will bowl first. It is a new track. We will see how it goes. Destiny is in our hands. Just gonna come and enjoy this evening. Just to stay calm and focus on your process," Dhawan said at the toss.
IPL 2023: Plan was to build partnership and then target few bowlers, says centurion Prabhsimran Singh
Harpreet Brar then ripped through the DC batting line-up with 4/30 as a lethal bowling performance from PBKS saw them restrict the home side to 136/8 and win the match by 31 runs on Saturday night. After another loss, Delhi Capitals were knocked out of the competition while PBKS moved to sixth in the table courtesy the win.
IPL 2023: Prabhsimran's maiden century guides Punjab Kings to 167/7 against Delhi Capitals
Punjab Kings had a rocky start as they lost three important wickets in the Power-play, with Shikhar Dhawan (7), Liam Livingstone (4) and Jitesh Sharma (5) all falling early. However, Prabhsimran and Sam Curran steadied the ship with a crucial fourth-wicket partnership of 72 runs off 54 balls.
IPL 2023: Delhi Capitals look to sort out batting woes against PBKS, Axar's batting position in focus
Both teams are coming off crushing defeats in their last matches respectively. Delhi lost to Chennai on a spin-friendly Chepauk track while Punjab Kings suffered a last-ball defeat against KKR at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The Capitals are placed at the bottom of the table with eight points from 11 matches and even if they win their next three matches, it will only take them to 14 points, which might not be enough to earn them a place in the top four.
IPL 2023: Nitish Rana's fifty, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell's death over show help KKR clinch thriller against PBKS
The win took KKR to fifth on the table and got a new life to their challenge for a playoff spot. On the other hand, will be deflated with that loss and it is a big blow to their chances of making it through to the playoffs. After Shikhar Dhawan's fifty, Shahrukh Khan and Harpreet Brar's blitz in the final two overs powered Punjab Kings (PBKS) to 179/7.
IPL 2023: Dhawan's fifty; Shahrukh, Harpreet's blitz power PBKS to 179/7 against KKR
Liam Livingstone hit a few lusty blows but slipped out eventually. Only, Dhawan (57 off 47) stood out with the bat with his fifty but he lost his wicket at the brink of death overs. The duo of Shahrukh (21 not out off 8) and Harpreet (17 not out off 9) helped them raise 36 runs off the last 12 balls of the inning to turn the momentum on their side.
IPL 2023: Punjab Kings win toss, opt to bat first against Kolkata Knight Riders
"The wicket looks quite dry, we would like to put in a good total and defend it. The impact player has helped us bat deeper and that's helped us post 200-plus quite regularly. It looks like the pitch will cause the ball to stop a little," PBKS skipper Shikhar Dhawan said at the toss.