Punjab will take on Delhi in match 29 of the Indian T20 League 2021 at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday evening. Delhi have continued their good run from last season so far and are second in the points table with 5 wins from 7 games. They defeated Kolkata by 7 wickets in their last match. Punjab are 5th in the points table with 3 wins and 4 losses. In their last match, they beat the more fancied Bangalore by 34 runs, which will have boosted their confidence coming here.
As these two teams face-off today, here are 3 player battles to look forward to in this game:
- KL Rahul vs Avesh Khan
KL Rahul has been in amazing form for Punjab yet again. Against Bangalore, he played a brilliant 91-run knock, eventually ending in a significant win for his team. He held the innings together for Punjab, even as wickets kept falling at the other end. He hit some fantastic strokes toward the end to increase his debatable strike rate. The team will be pleased with their captain’s effort and will want him to continue his good form here.
Avesh Khan has surprised many with his bowling this season. With Kagiso Rabada struggling, he has taken over the duties of bowling the crucial death overs and has done that brilliantly so far. He has picked up wickets at crucial intervals and has not let the opponent’s batsmen score easily. This should be a fun match-up in the context of the game.
- Prithvi Shaw vs Mohammed Shami
Prithvi Shaw played a sensational knock of 82 in just 41 balls against Kolkata. Although Delhi did not have a huge total to chase, how Shaw came out and attacked the bowlers shows the kind of form he has been in. He has been motivated by the failures with the bat in the last season and in the Australia series, and is on a mission to prove himself at the biggest of stages.
Mohammed Shami is a key bowler for Punjab as they are heavily dependent on him to get the early wickets. He also bowls at the death and does the job for the team. Against Bangalore, he was economical in his opening spell and eventually picked up a wicket in the final over. He will want to be at his best and put one over a rampant Shaw.
- Shikhar Dhawan vs Ravi Bishnoi
Shikhar Dhawan has been in sensational form this season. He has scored 311 runs in seven matches, with 2 fifties at an average of 44.42 and a strike rate of 131.77. He has played second fiddle to the more in-form Shaw in the last few games. He is well capable of scoring at a fast pace as evident from his 2 big knocks in the tournament.
Ravi Bishnoi has been highly impressive in the three games he featured in so far. He has not been afraid to give the ball a little air and invite the batsmen to attack him. He has some great variations and genuine match-winning skills with the ball. He has already dismissed a few big names in his short career in the league. Can he get the better of an experienced and form batsman like Shikhar?
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