Akshar Patel was the only player retained by Punjab © AFP
Akshar Patel was the only player retained by Punjab © AFP

Punjab’s journey in Indian T20 league 2018 under new captain Ravichandran Ashwin is set to begin in Mohali against Delhi on Sunday. In the last season, Punjab finished at fifth position while Delhi ended up in sixth place. Punjab’s most expensive purchase this season was KL Rahul for INR 11 crores. Delhi spent heavily on Glenn Maxwell. Delhi have received their first jolt with Kagiso Rabada ruled out due to injury. Liam Plunkett has been called as replacement, who will be supported by Trent Boult, Chris Morris, Vijay Shankar, etc. For the match, both teams are likely to carry a heavyweight side. Watch out for Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane who is expected to make his first appearance in the league for Delhi.

Punjab Likely 11:

Chris Gayle, KL Rahul (wk), Mayank Agarwal, Yuvraj Singh, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, R Ashwin (c), Akshar Patel, Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohit Sharma.

Delhi Likely 11:

Gautam Gambhir (c), Jason Roy, Prithvi Shaw, Manjot Kalra, Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Munro, Vijay Shankar, Chris Morris, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult.

Predictions: 

Delhi are entering the contest with their good ol’ captain Gautam Gambhir who has captained them in 19 matches, carrying win/loss ratio of 11:8. Delhi would hope Gambhir to spin the same magic wand like he did in early days of the league. As for the head to head record, Punjab are ahead in the race with 11 wins from 20 matches. In the previous match between these two sides, Punjab thrashed Delhi by 10 wickets.