PBKS vs DC | Match 64 | IPL 2023 Preview & Prediction

Akash Banerjee

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PBKS vs DC is a crucial fixture in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season. Punjab Kings (PBKS) must pick up two points to keep their playoff hopes alive. On the other hand, Delhi Capitals (DC) are eliminated but would be keen to lift themselves out of the bottom of the points table. 

The match will be held at HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala, on Wednesday at 7:30 PM.

PBKS vs DC | Preview | Team Analysis & Squad Details

Let’s closely examine PBKS vs DC – team analysis, squad, head-to-head record, and prediction.

Punjab Kings (PBKS)

Prabhsimran Singh chipped in when PBKS needed someone to play big knock. The 22-year-old struck his maiden hundred and scored PBKS’ 60% of runs against DC. Shikhar Dhawan would have been delighted to see the young batter taking responsibility. Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, and Jitesh Sharma are other key batters in the squad. 

After a stellar show against DC, the focus will be on PBKS spinners Harpreet Brar and Rahul Chahar. The duo wreaked havoc in Delhi after David Warner and Phil Salt made a quickfire start in the powerplay. Arshdeep Singh and Nathan Ellis remain the key figures in the pace attack. Ellis has 12 wickets at an economy of 8.63 in eight outings.  

PBKS Squad

  • Shikhar Dhawan (captain)
  • Matthew Short
  • Prabhsimran Singh
  • Atharva Taide
  • Liam Livingstone
  • Harpreet Singh Bhatia
  • Sam Curran
  • Jitesh Sharma
  • Shahrukh Khan
  • Rahul Chahar
  • Harpreet Brar
  • Nathan Ellis
  • Vidwath Kaverappa
  • Baltej Dhanda
  • Rishi Dhawan
  • Raj Angad Bawa
  • Mohit Rathee
  • Arshdeep Singh
  • Shivam Singh
  • Sikandar Raza
  • Kagiso Rabada
  • Bhanuka Rajapaksa 
  • Gurnoor Singh

Delhi Capitals (DC)

DC’s concerns remain the same as the batting unit had another woeful outing. Chasing 168 against PBKS, David Warner and Phil Salt gave the perfect start in the powerplay. But Rilee Rossouw, Mitchell Marsh, and Manish Pandey made just eight runs between them. 

The bowling attack is DC’s strength. Despite not picking up wickets consistently, Ishant Sharma has been impressive. He has only eight wickets but has an excellent economy of 7.72. Spin duo Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav have improved their game as the season progressed, taking ten wickets each.  

DC Squad

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

Head-to-Head – PBKS vs DC

In the 31 meetings between both teams, PBKS has won 16 matches, while DC grabbed 15 wins. Prabhsimran Singh and Harpreet Brar starred in the first fixture between both teams this season. The opening batter scored a hundred, while Brar took four wickets. 

IPL 2023 Stats – PBKS & DC

  • Most Runs: Shikhar Dhawan – 356 runs (PBKS); David Warner – 384 runs (DC)
  • Total Wickets: Arshdeep Singh – 16 wickets (PBKS); Mitchell Marsh – 12 wickets (DC)
  • Most Sixes: Prabhsimran Singh – 19 sixes (PBKS); Axar Patel – 14 sixes (DC)

Winner Prediction – PBKS vs DC

 A win would give PBKS a massive advantage going into their last league fixture. However, DC can play spoilsport. With a convincing win over DC in their previous outing, the Shikhar Dhawan-led franchise will likely pick up two points. 

Final Thoughts on PBKS vs DC

PBKS will be aiming for playoffs, while DC is playing for pride. As IPL has witnessed a few one-sided fixtures of late, cricket fans would be keen for a closely contested clash on Wednesday. 

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Akash Banerjee