Both Delhi and Punjab will look to get back to winning ways when they clash at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday, March 18, of the doubleheader week. Both the teams won their first match of the season before going on to lose the second.
However, while Delhi lost a thriller against Rajasthan with just two balls left in the game, Punjab were comprehensively beaten by Chennai with 26 balls remaining.
Though last year's finalists Team Delhi will approach the match with more confidence than Punjab, their record against Punjab haven't been very good. Apart from head-to-head, Delhi have struggled at Wankhede as well.
|Record at Wankhede
Delhi might have become a more balanced side of late, but a batting-heavy Punjab side can be a tricky opponent on Wankhede's batting-friendly turf. Batting first, Punjab have averaged 158.2 in their last five matches, which is more than Delhi's 153.2 in the same number of matches.
Punjab's only win this season has come when they batted first against Rajasthan and their coin toss win to match win ratio as compared to Delhi reflects that.
|Coin Toss & H2H
Delhi, however, have a huge weapon against Punjab in Shikhar Dhawan. The southpaw has played against Punjab 24 times in the tournament so far, garnering 733 runs with one century and five half-centuries against them.
Punjab, on the other hand, have Chris Gayle who has tallied 479 runs in his 15 encounters against Delhi. At a strike rate of 157.04, Gayle has one century and two half-centuries against them.
Delhi are likely to miss Umesh Yadav for the match, who has been their best bowler against Punjab with 29 wickets in 19 games. However, in Amit Mishra and Ravichandran Ashwin, they have two bowlers who have taken a joint 40 wickets against Punjab.
Just like Delhi, Punjab, are short-handed when it comes to Delhi. Their best option is Mohamed Shami who has tallied only eight wickets against that opponent.
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