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PBKS vs DC XI tip-off: Kagiso Rabada to return, set to replace Nathan Ellis, Anrich Nortje still unavailable

IPL 2023: Punjab Kings’ Kagiso Rabada and DC’s Anrich Nortje. (Images: Twitter)

IPL 2023: Punjab Kings (PBKS) will be squaring off against Delhi Capitals in the 64th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2023) at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala.

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Punjab presently hold the eighth spot in the points standings. Delhi Capitals, on the other side, are now in bottom place in the points standings with four victories in 12 games.

With Punjab eying a big win over the Warner-led Capitals, tonight’s match from Dharamshala will be a promising one.

PBKS vs DC Head to head record: In the IPL, PBKS and DC have faced off against one another 31 times. While DC has won 15, PBKS has won 16.

Here are the tip-offs for PBKS vs DC

Rabada set to return

South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada is all set to return for tonight’s clash against the capitals on the pace-friendly pitch of HPCA. Rabafa warmed the bench in the last three games of the Kings due to Nathan Ellis’ death over bowling prowess as per the side’s coach Wasim Jaffer.

DC’s promising bowler Anrich Nortje flew back to South Africa due to personal reasons. The pacer is still unavailable and will miss out on tonight’s clash against the Kings, too,

PBKS vs DC Pitch Report: The batting-friendly surface at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala offers a decent combination of pace and bounce. The pitch usually encourages stroke play, and since batters can anticipate even bounce, they may play their shots with confidence. Since the outfield is typically rapid, the ball travels farther to the boundary. As the game goes on, spinners may benefit since the pitch is anticipated to offer grip and turn. High-scoring contests have been frequent in recent games played at this location. Teams have recorded high totals, and the pitch has made it easier to make strokes. The team that wins the toss may decide to bat first in an effort to post a dominant total since the pitch is favourable for batting.

PBKS vs DC Predicted line-up:

Punjab Kings: Prabhsimran Singh, Shikhar Dhawan (c), Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rishi Dhawan, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Kagiso Rabada.

Delhi Capitals: David Warner (c), Philip Salt (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Rovman Powell/Anrich Nortje, Aman Hakim Khan, Axar Patel, Praveen Dubey, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Mukesh Kumar, Manish Pandey.

PBKS vs DC Squads:

Punjab Kings Squad: Prabhsimran Singh, Shikhar Dhawan(c), Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma(w), Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rishi Dhawan, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Nathan Ellis, Atharva Taide, Matthew Short, Harpreet Singh Bhatia, Mohit Rathee, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Baltej Singh, Kagiso Rabada, Vidhwath Kaverappa, Gurnoor Brar, Shivam Singh

Delhi Capitals Squad: David Warner(c), Philip Salt(w), Mitchell Marsh, Rilee Rossouw, Aman Hakim Khan, Axar Patel, Praveen Dubey, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Mukesh Kumar, Manish Pandey, Ripal Patel, Lalit Yadav, Chetan Sakariya, Abishek Porel, Sarfaraz Khan, Lungi Ngidi, Mustafizur Rahman, Anrich Nortje, Rovman Powell, Priyam Garg, Prithvi Shaw, Yash Dhull, Vicky Ostwal

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