7.28pm Sarfaraz Khan and David Warner are the new opening combination for Delhi Capitals. PBKS huddle is done. Final minutes before ball one.
7.10pm “Jitesh has been phenomenal this IPL even being top 3 for the super striker award, how can you just drop him for no reason?” Ayush Falor, here is more on Jitesh, from Jitresh himself, talking to Sreshth Shah
Ali: “DC should have brought Fizz. Nortje has been very expensive”
Amit: “DC should have played Chetan instead of Shardul.”
7pm Mayank Agarwal has won the toss for a change, and PBKS will be chasing. “There was dew the last time we played here so we’d like to take advantage of that.” Unchanged XI for PBKS.
DC would have bowled first themselves. Khaleel Ahmed is back from injury, but Prithvi Shaw is not ready yet. Khaleel replaces Chetan Sakariya, Sarfaraz Khan takes KS Bharat’s place.
Delhi Capitals 1 David Warner, 2 Sarfaraz Khan, 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Rishabh Pant (capt. & wk), 5 Rovman Powell, 6 Lalit Yadav, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Khaleel Ahmed.
Punjab Kings 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Jonny Bairstow, 3 Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 4 Liam Livingstone, 5 Mayank Agarwal (capt.), 6 Jitesh Sharma (wk), 7 Rishi Dhawan, 8 Harpreet Brar, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Rahul Chahar, 11 Arshdeep Singh.
6.50pm The pitch is right at the edge of the square, which means one significantly shorter side. Graeme Smith says there is a nice even covering of grass on the pitch but it is “very dry” underneath. Toss in 10 minutes.
Shyam: “I think PBKS can bring Shah Rukh Khan in place of Jitesh Sharma and Bairstow can take over the gloves. SRK’s experience of scoring in crunch matches in SMA could come handy for PBKS”
Rakesh : “Should we expect the first super over of IPL 2022 today?”
6.40pm Finding it difficult to determine what to wish for when your team is playing? Here is S Rajesh on what each team needs to do to qualify.
Kev: “DC surely misses the brisk start from Shaw, and would be hoping he is fit from today’s game. However, with KS Bharath, the experiment did not pan out successfully. DC can try out Ashwin Hebbar who had a good t20 record recently scoring 103* and 73* for Andhra.”
Ashray: “Wow! What a clash do we have in our hands. Both these teams desperately need those 2 vital points. While DC has been marred with Covid cases in the past but both these teams have finally identified their Best Xi “
Vijay: “This match will bring together some of the old partners against each other. Warner vs Bairstow, Nortje vs Rabada, Shaw vs Dhawan.”
Dhaval : “If Shaw is not Fit, Yash Dhul should be handed over the cap. He’s had enough time on bench! “
Johny: “Fun Fact: Both DC and PBKS are yet to win consecutive matches in IPl 2022. Given both of them won their last match, this will be fulfilled today.”
6.30pm Match 64 of IPL 2022. A huge match as they tend to be if the teams are still alive at this stage of the tournament. It’s Delhi Capitals against Punjab kings. Both have 12 points from 12 matches, both have a positive net run rate. DC’s is higher than PBKS. One of them will go level with RCB tonight at No. 4 14 points from 13 matches.
DC are hoping Prithvi Shaw is fit and ready. he is back from the hospital. PBKS will be hoping to win a toss for a change. All that in half an hour.