Delhi vs Punjab in Indian T20 League

This is a clash between the two most underperforming teams in the Indian Premier League. Every Delhi vs Punjab clash is one of the most unpredictable matchups in the league, with nobody ever being able to predict the outcome of the game. The reason behind the unpredictability is a lack of consistency on both sides. Both Delhi and Punjab have been a part of the Indian T20 Premier League since the beginning, but have not won the trophy even once in the 12 years.

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Delhi have managed to qualify for the playoffs of the tournament just 4 times in all of these years but failed to qualify for the final even once. The biggest reason behind the constant underperformance is a lack of direction of the franchise in general, with repeated changing of the personnel and management. A change in ownership saw young Shreyas Iyer being appointed as the captain and it was under him that the Delhi team managed to make it to the playoffs of the tournament for the first time after 2012. The fans would be hoping that the team can build on that success and when facing a Punjab team that is again undergoing several changes, Delhi will go into the game as favourites.

Punjab is the only team to have fared worse than Delhi in the Indian T20 Premier League. The Mohali based team has managed to qualify for the playoffs just twice in 12 seasons. The franchise has never gone into two consecutive seasons with the same core of the squad, always opting to release players at the smallest hint of underperformance, and overpaying for star names in just about every auction. This time too the same strategy seems to have been followed, with several new players being brought in during the latest auction.

It remains to be seen what is in store for the upcoming games between the two sides, and if the teams can finally start performing on the big stage.

Head to Head Record of Delhi and Punjab

Played Delhi Won Punjab Won NR
24 10 14 0

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Top Performers in Batting – Delhi vs Punjab Matches

The squad of both the teams has changed a lot this year. The Indian T20 Premier Fantasy League players are required to go through the recent changes and then play in Delhi vs Punjab matches. The top performers in the Punjab and Delhi matches in terms of highest scores and most runs are as follows:

Most Runs

  • Virender Sehwag (Delhi & Punjab) – 330 runs
  • David Miller (Punjab) – 322 runs
  • David Warner (Delhi) – 245 runs

Highest Scores

  • Shaun Marsh (Punjab) – 95
  • David Warner (Delhi) – 79
  • Virender Sehwag (Delhi) – 77

It is a testament to the constant chopping and changing of the teams that the leading run-getters of this fixture are no longer even a part of the two teams. The players in the teams will now have to stand up and be counted otherwise the teams could face another tough season.

Top Performers in Bowling – Delhi vs Punjab Matches

The bowlers with highest wickets and excellent economy in Delhi vs Punjab matches are:

Most Wickets

  • Sandeep Sharma (Punjab) – 14 wickets
  • Irfan Pathan (Punjab & Delhi) – 14 wickets
  • Akshar Patel (Punjab & Delhi) – 11 wickets

Best Bowling

  • Sam Curran (Punjab) – 4/11
  • Amit Mishra (Delhi) – 4/11
  • Morne Morkel (Delhi) – 4/20

As is the case with batting, the bowling department too features names of players no longer a part of either franchise, with only Akshar Patel being around to further add to his tally.

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