Shikhar Dhawanthe captain of the Punjab Kingswon the toss and chose to field against the Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2023 match on Wednesday. Delhi Capitals made 2 changes to their playing XI. Prithvi Shaw and Anrich Nortje have been brought back into the starting XI for both teams. Kagiso Rabada and Atharv Taide are both in the starting XI for Punjab. A victory over the Capitals would give Punjab, who are still in the running for the playoffs.
It is interesting to see that the in form player Mitch Marsh was seen in the playing XI. He has been their standout performer this season and his exclusion raised a lot of eyebrows.
Why is Mitchell Marsh not playing
At the toss, David Warner said that the Australian allrounder was injured and could not play in this game. This is a big blow for the Capitals who have struggled a lot in this tournament.
Marsh has 12 wickets in eight innings at an average of 14.16, an economy of 8.42, and a strike rate of 10.08, making him the highest wicket-taker for DC this season. Marsh has also run 128 times for a strike rate of 131.95.
What did the captains say at the toss?
David Warner: We would have bowled first. There is some dew. It should play the same for the entire 40 overs. We have a great lead up to this game thanks to this spectacular venue. Marsh in injured.
Shikhar Dhawan: We will bowl first. It is a new track. We will see how it goes. Destiny is in our hands. Just gonna come and enjoy this evening. Just to stay calm and focus on your process. We have two changes. Taide and Rabada come in.
Delhi Capitals (Playing XI): David Warner(c), Prithvi Shaw, Philip Salt(w), Rilee Rossouw, Axar Patel, Aman Hakim Khan, Yash Dhull, Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed
Punjab Kings (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan(c), Atharva Taide, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma(w), Sam Curran, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, Nathan Ellis, Arshdeep Singh
DC Impact Subs: Mukesh Kumar, Abishek Porel, Ripal Patel, Praveen Dubey, Sarfaraz Khan
PBKS Impact Subs: Prabhsimran Singh, Sikandar Raza, Matthew Short, Rishi Dhawan, Mohit Rathee