Delhi Capitals (DC) ran hot for the last two IPL seasons but has struggled in IPL 2022. Punjab Kings (PBKS) on the other hand have always struggled to make a strong start to any IPL season but they seem to be doing alright this year.

PBKS is in 7th place on the IPL points table with 6 points. PBKS have played six matches, winning three and losing three. Their last game was a loss against Sunrisers Hyderabad. DC is ranked in 8th place and are currently on just 4 points. They have played five games, won just two and lost three. DC are also coming off a loss against Royals Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

DC have a pretty good team on paper but for some reason, they have failed to get going in the 2022 IPL season. This is going to be a pressure game for the Chargers as another loss here will not only dent their confidence further but also make it very difficult for them to stand a chance to make the 2022 IPL playoffs.

PBKS will fancy their chances of beating DC when they clash on April 20 in Pune. PBKS knows that if they end up beating DC convincingly, they will get to 8 points and climb the IPL points table with a boost to their net run rate.

Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings Odds

Bet365 currently has both teams with even odds of 1.91 as the bookmakers expect this to be a closely contested game. The two sides on paper look pretty balanced but our experts think that DC does have a slight edge in the bowling department.

It all comes down to which team can handle the pressure more during critical moments during the game. It will be interesting to see if DC will be able to turn their 2022 IPL season around and make a push to reach the playoffs or will the Punjab Kings hand them another loss as they make a push to get into the top 4 teams on the IPL points table.

Our experts look at the three key factors that will decide the outcome of this game.

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DC vs PBKS Match Prediction

Punjab Kings played their last game without their captain M Agarwal who was out injured. His absence weakened Punjab Kings at the top of the order and in the field as well. He will return to captain PBKS on April 20.

R Pant’s captaincy is being tested this season and at times he is dropping the ball. That’s something you have to expect from a young captain. Pant needs to focus on getting his batting order right and also being willing to experiment with his bowlers.

We believe this match will be a very close contest and the team that holds their nerve will get the win. We are going to back PBKS to win this match.

Top Order Troubles For Punjab Kings

PBKS struggled in their last outing because their top order failed to fire. M Agarwal and S Dhawan need to put together a strong opening partnership and lay the foundation for their big hitters to up the strike rate towards the end overs.

PBKS has relied too heavily on L Livingstone in their last few games. Delhi Capitals will want to get Livingstone early as he has been the player in form for PBKS.

Time For Delhi Capitals Players To Shine

DC have been boosted now that M Marsh is fit and ready to play. He did not have a great outing in their last game but Marsh is one of the most dangerous players in the T20 format. Pant promoted Marsh ahead of himself in the last game and it did not work out. Pant also did not give Marsh a few overs with the ball even though K Yadav was going for a lot of runs.

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Pant, Marsh, and D Warner are the three big players for DC. One or more of these big names need to put their hands up and play a match-winning knock for DC to win.

DC vs PBKS Betting Tips

If you are looking to make a couple of side bets during this 2022 IPL game, these are some of the IPL betting options you can consider.

DC vs PBKS Betting Tip For Top Batsman

We think that this game can end up being a high-scoring affair as both teams have some great batters. The top three batters to watch out for DC are D Warner (3.6), R Pant (4), and P Shaw (4) and the top three PBKS batters are S Dhawan (3.6), M Agarwal (4.33), and L Livingstone (4.33).

DC vs PBKS Betting Tip For Top Bowler

This will be a tough game for the bowlers on both sides. The three key bowlers for DC are K Yadav (3.5), M Rahman (4), and S Thakur (4) and the three PBKS bowlers to watch out for are KG Rabada (3.25), R Chahar (3.6), and A Singh (4.5).

DC vs PBKS Betting Tip For Player Of The Match

Since both sides are pretty evenly matched on paper, our experts predict that the result of the game will be determined by one player who puts their hand up and decides to play match-winning innings.

The player most likely to finish with the player of the match award for DC is R Pant (9), D Warner (8.5) and M Marsh (13). The three key players for PBKS that can win the player of the match are S Dhawan (8), L Livingstone (7.5) and KG Rabada (11).

DC vs PBKS Projected Playing XI

M Agarwal did not captain the Punjab Kings in the last game as he was battling a toe injury. He is expected to make his return against DC on April 20. We expect the playing XI for both sides to look pretty similar to our list.

Delhi Capitals: P Shaw, D Warner, R Pant (C), L Yadav, M Marsh, A Patel, S Thakur, R Powell, K Yadav, M Rahman, K Ahmed

Punjab Kings: M Agarwal (C), S Dhawan, J Bairstow, L Livingstone, J Sharma, M Shahrukh Khan, O Smith, KG Rabada, R Chahar, A Singh, V Arora.

DC vs PBKS Head To Head Record

When it comes to the head-to-head record between the two sides, Punjab Kings have the advantage. The two sides have played each other on 28 occasions in IPL history with PBKS winning 15 games and DC winning 13 games.

The last two times they side met was during IPL 2021 and Delhi ended up winning both games. The last five times these two sides clashed, Delhi has ended up winning 4 of those games and Punjab just one.

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