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The Kings’ three wins from seven games is an accurate outcome of how they have played so far. Either they have won convincingly or fizzled out meekly. All it will take is a couple of wins from here to get into serious playoffs contention.
Chris Gayle returning to form has added a vital balance, allowing captain KL Rahul to bat more freely. The spin duo of Harpreet Brar and Ravi Bishnoi has added some bite to a previously toothless Punjab bowling attack.
Brar (3/19) and Bishnoi (2/19) combined to take five wickets in eight overs to choke a star-studded RCB in the middle overs.
Meanwhile, Delhi openers Shikhar Dhawan (311 runs) and Prithvi Shaw (269) have had five fifty-plus opening partnerships. Then they are Rishabh Pant, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis and Shimron Hetmyer to contend with. All are good against spin.
Capitals also have arguably the league’s most balanced bowling attack, making Punjab’s task doubly difficult.