IPL 2023: Punjab Kings aim for decisive victory over Delhi Capitals to boost net run rate for IPL Playoffs race

In the ongoing IPL 2023, the Gujarat Titans have become the first team to secure a spot in the playoffs, showcasing their consistent performance throughout the tournament. However, with three playoff spots still up for grabs, an intense race has emerged among five teams vying for a chance to progress to the next stage.

Despite being the first team to bow out of the playoff race, the Delhi Capitals now have an opportunity to play the role of party-poopers in their last two matches.

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The Delhi Capitals’ next destination is Dharamsala, which will serve as the 12th venue to host an IPL game this season. Dharamsala is the home base of the Punjab Kings for their last two matches, and they are determined to secure a playoff spot.

Currently positioned eighth on the points table with 12 points, the Kings have a chance to finish with 16 points and move on to the next round, which they have been unable to do since finishing as runners-up in 2014. The team has experienced ups and downs throughout the tournament, starting with two consecutive wins.

Their recent victory over the Delhi Capitals by 31 runs has boosted their confidence. Prabhsimran Singh’s century and Harpreet Brar’s four-wicket haul were instrumental in Punjab’s success. However, the team will also rely on their seasoned stars to deliver standout performances at this crucial stage of the IPL.

The Delhi Capitals have faced challenges with their Indian batters not consistently performing up to expectations. As a result, the onus will once again fall on their overseas players to carry the team’s batting lineup.

Fortunately, the Dharamsala pitch is unlikely to pose significant spin challenges, providing a respite for the Delhi Capitals who have struggled on sluggish wickets in their last two games. This favorable condition may enable the team’s overseas players to express themselves freely and contribute to the team’s success