Image Source - Twitter

IPL 2022 – The BEST Punjab Kings Playing XI to face the Delhi Capitals

Punjab Kings (PBKS) has six wins in 12 league games and now sits seventh in the IPL 2022 points table. They won their most recent league match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 54 runs after scoring a total of 209 runs.

On May 16, they will face the Delhi Capitals (DC) at DY Patil Sports Academy in their next league encounter. The team management is not likely to adjust their winning combination, which secured a fantastic triumph, for this match. This league game will be critical for both teams to stay in contention for a playoff position.

Let’s take a look at the BEST Punjab Kings Playing XI to face the Delhi Capitals.

.

Jonny Bairstow and Shikhar Dhawan open the innings

 

Image Source – Twitter

 

One of the tournament’s most dependable beginning pairs had been ordinary with their partnerships until the previous outing, when they stitched a 60-run stand in five overs, laying a great foundation for the side to post a respectable total on the board.

Jonny Bairstow, an Englishman, has made an impression in the last two league matches. In his most recent match, he hit 66 off 29 balls, including seven sixes, to record his highest score of the season. In nine innings, he has allowed 202 runs while striking out 139.31 batters.

Dhawan’s most recent three scores, on the other hand, are 21, 12, and 62*, indicating inconsistency after a great first half with the bat and the necessity to return to form in this critical match. The southpaw has scored 402 runs with a strike rate of 122.94 in 12 appearances.

.

Mayank Agarwal, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, and Jitesh Sharma strengthen the middle order

 

Image Source – Twitter

 

Bhanuka Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka has performed admirably since his comeback to the playing XI. He had scored 68 runs in the last three games, but only contributed one run in the most recent game, indicating that he still has room to develop.

Captain Mayank Agarwal has swapped places with Bairstow and is now ranked fourth. However, his form has been a big source of concern for the team, as he has only scored 195 runs at a strike rate of 126.62. Despite appearing good in the previous game, he went out for 19 off 16 after being fooled by a slower ball.

Jitesh Sharma, the wicketkeeper, has scored 171 runs in 10 games at a strike rate of 167.65, with the highest score of 38*. He has done well in terms of creating a flourish, but he still needs to be consistent.

.

Rishi Dhawan and Liam Livingstone provide the all-rounder support

 

Image Source – Twitter

 

This section is made up of talented players that have a lot of T20 cricket expertise. Liam Livingstone, a powerful striker, can adjust to any situation or batting position, as evidenced by his performances in this style.

In the previous game, Livingstone hit 70 off 42 balls, including four sixes, allowing the Kings to surpass the 200-run mark. He has 385 runs with a strike rate of 180.75 and three wickets in 12 matches.

Rishi Dhawan, the fast-bowling all-rounder, took two wickets and scored 36 runs in the previous game. Dhawan has 33 runs at an average of 33 and six wickets at an economy of 8.18 thus far.

.

Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh, Kagiso Rabada, and Rahul Chahar form the bowling attack

 

Image Source – Twitter

 

The bowling unit can retain the same combination of two pacers and two spinners that provided them with a nice balance in the previous league encounter. Kagiso Rabada of South Africa is the team’s best wicket-taker, with 21 wickets in 11 matches at an economy of 8.39. He concluded his last appearance with 3/21 in four overs and will like to maintain that form.

Arshdeep Singh, a pacer, has made an impression with his bowling performances. Despite just taking seven wickets, he has an economy rate of 7.69 and has slowed the opposition.

Rahul Chahar, the primary spinner, has not delivered the expected results, although he has 14 wickets in 12 league matches with an economy of 7.99. Harpreet Brar, on the other hand, returned in the last league encounter and finished with 1/31 in four overs, and is anticipated to keep his spot.