In the 59th game of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, the Delhi Capitals (DC) will face off against their northern rivals the Punjab Kings (PBKS). Two crucial points will be on the line. The game is set to take place on Saturday, May 13, at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.
Following their loss to the Chennai Super Kings in their previous game, Delhi, who are languishing at the bottom of the table with just eight points after 11 games, are almost out of the competition.
While Punjab has five victories in 11 games, they are currently eighth. Their chances of qualifying for the playoffs will also decline if they lose to Delhi.
Delhi’s playing surface has a history of being a little bit slower than average. However, due to the close boundaries, a balanced encounter between the two departments may be in the works.
It’s critical to take into account the top bowlers who could have a big impact in the upcoming match as DC and PBKS prepare to compete against one another in IPL 2023.
The three bowlers who could take the most wickets in today’s game between DC and PBKS are listed below
1. Axar Patel
Axar Patel, unquestionably the best player for the Delhi Capitals this year, has excelled in the IPL 2023. The left-arm spinner plays an essential role with his bowling, even though he has been crucial lower down the order with the bat.
Axar successfully chokes the opposition during the middle of the game with his cunning and disciplined left-arm spin. Axar leads the league with the best economy rate (6.4) among bowlers who have bowled over 15 overs between overs 7 and 15 this season.
Additionally, he has a respectable record against PBKS, his former franchise. Axar has taken nine wickets at an incredible average of 12 in six games against Punjab.
Axar will be attempting to gain the upper hand for DC tonight by making a statement against the PBKS middle-order batters, which include Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, and Shahrukh Khan.
2. Arshdeep Singh
Another pacer who will be among the wickets tonight is Arshdeep Singh, one of India’s rising stars. Arshdeep is an essential component of PBKS’s bowling attack because he creates enough movement with the new ball to cause trouble before unleashing his precise yorkers. Arshdeep has taken 16 wickets at an average of 25 over 11 games, matching Marsh as the franchise’s leading wicket-taker thus far. However, the left-arm pacer’s recent performances haven’t been productive enough.
Arshdeep has only taken three wickets in his last four innings, allowing runs to be scored at a rate of over 12 points three. Arshdeep’s role will be even more important because Sam Curran isn’t in the best of forms, and PBKS will be hoping that he causes trouble in Delhi tonight.
3. Mitchell Marsh
Mitchell Marsh has performed admirably so far in the tournament with the ball in hand, despite the fact that his batting may not have been spectacular.
With 12 wickets in eight innings, the Australian all-rounder actually leads Delhi in wickets currently. Surprisingly, among bowlers who have played five games or more, Marsh’s bowling average of 12 points four is also the highest in the entire league.
The 31-year-old has been striking significant blows and has recently been on fire. Marsh has taken nine victims in just his last three innings, or roughly one every six-point-six balls.