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Adda Notes: Delhi to start favourites against Punjab due to their recent head-to-head record

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Delhi will take on resurgent Punjab in match 29 of Indian T20 League 2021 at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday, May 2.

The Rishabh Pant-led side has been in great form in the tournament so far, winning five of their seven matches. The last year’s finalists are currently sitting in the second position in the points table.

On the other hand, the Punjab franchise will also be high on confidence after they defeated Bangalore by 34 runs in their previous encounter.

However, KL Rahul and his men were thrashed by Delhi in the earlier fixture in Indian T20 League 2021. Punjab will look to avenge that defeat at the Motera on Sunday.

Interestingly, Punjab hold a slight edge over Delhi in the head-to-head record, winning 15 of the 27 matches played between these two teams.

Punjab vs Delhi head-to-head in Indian T20 League

Punjab

Metrics

Delhi

27

Matches

27

15

Wins

12

55.56%

Win %

44.44%

Meanwhile, Delhi have won three of their last five matches against Punjab in the Indian T20 League. Furthermore, the last year finalists have won four of their last five coin tosses. 

Punjab vs Delhi head-to-head and coin toss record in last five matches

Punjab

Metrics

Delhi

1

Tosses Won

4

2

Wins

3

40%

Win %

60%

In the batting department, Punjab will depend on their swashbuckling batsman Chris Gayle to come good against Punjab on Sunday. The 41-year-old has a decent record against Rishabh Pant's side, amassing 490 runs in 16 innings at a strike rate of 156.05. He has hit one ton and two fifties against this opposition.

On the other hand, Delhi will bank on their all-time leading run-scorer Shikhar Dhawan to play another match-winning innings against Punjab. Dhawan has scored 825 runs in 25 matches against Punjab with one hundred and six fifties to his name.

Best batsmen for Delhi vs Punjab

Player

Matches

Runs

HS

Average

Strike Rate

100s

50s

S Dhawan

25

825

106*

37.5

137.95

1

6

A Rahane

17

455

98

32.5

114.6

0

3

As far as bowling is concerned, Punjab pacer Mohammed Shami is expected to play an important role against his former side at Narendra Modi Stadium. Shami has picked eight wickets in five matches against Delhi at an economy of 7.2.

For Delhi, Umesh Yadav has a great record against Punjab. The 33-year-old has claimed 29 wickets in 19 innings at an average of 18.65 against KL Rahul’s side. These stats suggest Umesh can make a return to Delhi’s playing XI on Sunday.

Best bowlers for Delhi vs Punjab

Bowler

Innings

Maiden

Wickets

Average

Economy

Strike Rate

Umesh Yadav

19

1

29

18.65

7.61

14.6

Amit Mishra

20

1

22

23.68

7.89

18

Going by current form and head-to-head record, Delhi will start as favourites against Punjab on Sunday.

Featured photo: IPL/BCCI



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