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Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings Predictions & Tips - Big performance expected from Pant in Capitals win

  • Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings predictions for Sunday’s IPL cricket match
  • The fixture will be played in Mumbai at 15:00 BST
  • Rishabh Pant has been in superb form this season for both India and Delhi Capitals
  • I am backing Rishabh Pant to put in a big performance for the Capitals
  • Predictions, stats, team news & preview
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Ralph Staniforth 17 Apr 2021
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Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings Predictions


The Delhi Capitals have a very good all round team and were unfortunate to lose their last match. The Punjab Kings strength is certainly in their batting but come up against a world class bowling lineup of the Capitals. My best bet is for the Capitals to get the win.

  • Delhi Capitals’ Rishabh Pant scored 51 runs in his last IPL matches.
  • Delhi Capitals’ Rishabh Pant has scored 50+ runs in 3 of his last 4 limited overs matches.
  • Delhi Capitals reached the final of the 2020 IPL.
  • Punjab Kings’ KL Rahul scored 91 runs in his first match of the IPL.
  • Punjab Kings’ KL Rahul was the 2020 IPL top run scorer.

Head to Head


Punjab Kings have won three of their last five matches against the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League. When they met in October 2020 the Kings won a nail biter by five wickets with an over to spare.

Delhi Capitals Form


The Delhi Capitals come into this match having won one and lost one match. Like most teams they are still feeling their way into the tournament and figuring out which players are in form.

Their last match saw them suffer a three wicket loss to the Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai. It was a match the Capitals will feel they should have won but for some incredible late hitting by the Royals’ Chris Morris.

Batting first the Capitals managed 147 runs. The top order struggled as they found themselves at 37-4 but Rishabh Pant showed his class with a very good 51 runs. There were minor contributions from Lalit Yadav (20) and Tom Curran (21).

The Capitals then had the Royals on the ropes at 42-5 but the Royals lower order managed to take the team home with two balls to spare. Chris Woakes was magnificent with the ball for the Capitals, taking 2-22 in four overs. 

Delhi Capitals Injuries & Team News


Anrich Nortje has been cleared to play after have an extended COVID-19 isolation period. It is unlikely that he will feature with Chris Woakes and Kagiso Rabada both bowling well for the Capitals at the moment.

The Capitals will want to get Steven Smith into the lineup at some point but it is difficult to see where he can fit it. The only real option at the moment is if he replaced Marcus Stoinis but that limits the Capitals bowling options.

Punjab Kings Form


The Punjab Kings were victorious in their opening match against the Rajasthan Royals. That fixture saw over 400 runs in an absolute run feast but the Kings came unstuck in their second fixture against the Chennai Super Kings.

Batting first the Punjab Kings could only reach a paltry 106 runs in their 20 overs. Shahrukh Khan was the top scorer on 47 runs while 15 was the next best score. The much talked about top order of KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran only managed 15 runs between them.

From there the Kings were never really in with a chance. Mohammad Shami put up some fight with the ball with figures of 2-21 in four overs. The six wicket loss with more than four overs to spare will certainly hurt the Kings confidence.

Despite that, they still have a quality outfit and in KL Rahul they have a batsman who will almost certainly hit back. He scored 91 in the first match and was comfortably the leading run scorer in the 2020 IPL.

Punjab Kings Injuries & Team News


The Punjab Kings are likely to remain unchanged despite a poor batting display in their last match. Their one concern will be Nicholas Pooran who has hardly managed a run in the opening two matches.

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Verdict

The Delhi Capitals are backed to win with Rishabh Pant tipped to be the top Capitals batsman and win the man of the match award.

KL Rahul has already shown his form this season with 91 runs in the Kings opener. He is backed to be their top run scorer in this match.

Best Bet: Delhi Capitals Win Result @-138.89 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best Punjab Kings Batsman Tip: KL Rahul Best Punjab Kings Batsman @190.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best Delhi Capitals Batsman Tip: Rishabh Pant Best Delhi Capitals Batsman @350.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
Man of the Match Tip: Rishabh Pant Man of the Match @900.00 at 888sport - 1 Unit

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