Indian T20 League 2021: Winnable factors for Punjab vs Delhi
Sportsbet.io discusses the key factors for match 29 of Indian T20 League 2021 between Punjab and Delhi.
Bat first or second
As noticed in the high-scoring thriller between Mumbai and Chennai, the tracks of the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi start opening up as the innings comes into the second half. The toss-winning captain must bowl first to restrict the opposing team within a score of 170-185 and use the dew factor to their advantage.
In the Punjab vs Delhi head-to-head record in the Indian T20 League, the former hold a slight advantage as they have won 15 of the 27 matches played between these two sides.
However, while Punjab might have an advantage in the head-to-head record against Delhi, Rishabh Pant’s side will start as favourites as they have won three of their five matches against KL Rahul and his men. Furthermore, Punjab were thrashed by Delhi in the earlier fixture in Indian T20 League 2021.
In the batting department, Punjab will depend on their swashbuckling batsman Chris Gayle to come good against Punjab on Sunday. The 41-year-old has a decent record against Rishabh Pant's side, amassing 490 runs in 16 innings at a strike rate of 156.05. He has hit one ton and two fifties against this opposition.
On the other hand, Delhi will bank on their all-time leading run-scorer Shikhar Dhawan to play another match-winning innings against Punjab. Dhawan has scored 825 runs in 25 matches against Punjab with one hundred and six fifties to his name.
As far as bowling is concerned, Punjab pacer Mohammed Shami is expected to play an important role against his former side at Narendra Modi Stadium. Shami has picked eight wickets in five matches against Delhi at an economy of 7.2.
For Delhi, Umesh Yadav has a great record against Punjab. The 33-year-old has claimed 29 wickets in 19 innings at an average of 18.65 against KL Rahul’s side. These stats suggest Umesh can make a return to Delhi’s playing XI on Sunday.
Words: William Paul
Images: Twitter / Punjab Kings