Delhi got their first success in the 13th over. Lukman Meriwala dismissed Mayank Agarwal on a personal score of 69 runs. Mayank and Rahul shared a 122-run partnership. After this KL Rahul hit a half-century in 45 balls but he was out on a personal score of 61 and could not convert his innings into a big score. Chris Gayle too could not do anything special and was dismissed for 11 runs.
Rishabh Pant, captain of Delhi Capitals, has decided to bowl first after winning the toss. Punjab Kings will bat first. The Punjab team has included Jalaj Saxena in the playing eleven in place of Murugan Ashwin. At the same time, Steve Smith and Lukman Meriwala will make their IPL debut on behalf of the Delhi team.
The pitch of the Wankhede Stadium is raising some questions in front of the top-order batsmen in the floodlight. Due to the moisture, the fast bowlers are getting help on this pitch. In such a situation, the fight between KL Rahul vs Kagiso Rabada and Chris Woakes vs Chris Gayle will be interesting. Similarly, if Prithvi Shaw will try to blunt the sharp bowling of Mohammed Shami, then Shikhar Dhawan will try to dominate Arshadip Singh, who is disciplined bowling. Both teams have strong batsmen in the top order. The Delhi team is heavily dependent on Shaw, Dhawan and Pant, while Rahul, Gayle and Deepak Hooda are playing the same role in the Punjab team.
The teams are as follows –
Punjab Kings playing 11: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicosal Puran, Deepak Hooda, Shah Rukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Jalaj Saxena, Jhay Richardson, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Playing of Delhi Capitals 11: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith, Rishabh Pant (captain and wicketkeeper), Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav. Chris Woakes, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Lukman Meriwala.