IPL 2024 Match 02 | PBKS vs DC | Fantasy Tips, Prediction & Preview

Punjab Kings will face Delhi Capitals in the second fixture of IPL 2024. Both sides had disappointing campaigns in 2023 with Punjab Kings finishing ninth and Delhi Capitals in eighth. PBKS would be led by the veteran India opener Shikhar Dhawan, while Rishabh Pant is back after a 14-month-long injury lay off to take charge as the Delhi Capitals captain. The match is set to take place at the newly built Maharaja Yadavindra Singh International Cricket Stadium in Mullanpur which will be the new home venue for PBKS this time around.

IPL 2024 : PBKS vs DC - Match Prediction, Preview & Fantasy Tips
David Warner(Left) Shikhar Dhawan(Right) (Credit - IPL Official)

Punjab Kings won their opening two matches in the 2023 IPL but were then unable to win back to back games throughout the rest of the tournament. They will need some of their big name players to perform in this match. PBKS will be looking to the likes of their skipper Dhawan and England top order batter Jonny Bairstow to take the lead at the top of the order. With the ball, there is plenty of talent and wicket taking ability with Nathan Ellis, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh and Harshal Patel all boasting top T20 records.

On the other hand, Delhi Capitals were a big disappointment in their last IPL campaign but coach Ricky Ponting will be hoping that the return of keeper-batter and skipper Rishabh Pant will give his side a big boost. He plays with a freedom of spirit and cricket lovers from across the globe will be delighted to see him back after his car accident in December 2022. DC have plenty of talent, particularly in their batting line-up. There are also plenty of in-form players for Ponting to call upon with Marsh, Jake Fraser-McGurk and Kuldeep Yadav all playing at the top of their games.

Both teams couldn't make it to the playoffs last year and this time will be keen on putting up an improved show. Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals both are aiming for their maiden IPL trophy and would be expecting a strong start.

Match Timings

Match Toss Time - 03:00 PM IST (09:30 AM GMT)

Match Start Time - 03:30 PM IST (10:00 AM GMT)

Match Venue - Maharaja Yadavindra Singh International Cricket Stadium, Mullanpur, Chandigarh

Head to Head

Matches Played - 32

PBKS won - 16      DC won - 16

Last 5 meetings

PBKS won - 1        DC won - 4

Pitch Report

 The stadium will be hosting its first IPL match. However, in the matches that are played at the venue, the wicket seems to be on the slower side. Given that it will be a day game, it is expected to be slower. The spin bowlers getting plenty of assistance from the surface. However there will also be movement off the pitch for the quick bowlers.

Weather Report

The weather forecast is expected to be cloudy. The temperature is expected to be around 33°C on the match day with 14% humidity and 5.6 km/h wind speed. And the visibility is 6 KM. There are no chances of rain at the time of the match.

Team News

For Delhi Capitals England batter Harry Brook has withdrawn from the IPL 2024 citing personal reasons. Lungi Ngidi is another player who was ruled out due to injuries.

Probable Playing XI  

Punjab Kings (PBKS) - Shikhar Dhawan(c), Jonny Bairstow(wk), Atharva Taide, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Rishi Dhawan, Harshal Patel, Nathan Ellis, Kagiso Rabada, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh

Delhi Capitals (DC) - Rishabh Pant(c), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Prithvi Shaw, Shai Hope(wk), Jake Fraser-McGurk, Yash Dhull, Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed

Must Picks

PBKS - Liam Livingstone, Kagiso Rabada

DC - David Warner, Kuldeep Yadav

CSK vs RCB fantasy team

Wicket-Keeper : Jitesh Sharma

Batters : David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow

All-rounder : Axar Patel, Liam Livingstone, Mitchell Marsh, Sam Curran

Bowlers : Kuldeep Yadav, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh

Captain and Vice-Captain picks

Captain : Axar Patel

Vice-Captain : Liam Livingstone


Punjab Kings might have an edge over Delhi because of a more settled batting unit. The absence of Harry Brook can hurt Delhi. Whereas, the Punjab bowling unit also looks mighty impressive with Kagiso Rabada, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh and Rahul Chahar featuring in it.

Sportco predicts Punjab Kings to beat Delhi Capitals in match 02 of IPL 2024.


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