Mumbai, April 20: Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant won the toss and chose to play first against the Punjab Kings at Brabourne Stadium on Wednesday.
While Delhi currently sits in eighth place in the points table, Punjab sits just one place above them in seventh place.
The fate of the game was in doubt after Capitals goalkeeper-hitter Tim Seifert tested positive for Covid-19 in the RT-PCR test performed earlier in the day. But with the second round of COVID tests coming back negative for the rest of the Capitals contingent, the game was given the green signal to go ahead.
The match between Delhi and Punjab will be played at the ground where the Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals played a high scoring match on Monday. After winning the toss, Pant said batsman Sarfaraz Khan replaces Covid-19 infected Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh in the starting eleven.
“It’s (the Covid-19 scare) an unfortunate thing, we’re not going to think about it. We’ll find strength with each other. There were parts where we bowled and batted well.” For Punjab, regular captain Mayank Agarwal returns after missing the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad due to a toe injury. He replaces Prabhsimran Singh, while Australia pacemaker Nathan Ellis replaces West Indies all-rounder Odean Smith in the starting eleven.
“I’m fine now, just got some shoe protection. It’s (Ellis to Smith) more of a strategic change. We need to do our best and play good cricket. We have a chance to bat first and put a big score on the board and defend it,” Agarwal said.
Playing XIs Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Sarfaraz Khan, Rishabh Pant (captain and wicketkeeper), Rovman Powell, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman and Khaleel Ahmed
Kings of Punjab: Mayank Agarwal (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (Goalkeeper), Shahrukh Khan, Nathan Ellis, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Vaibhav Arora and Arshdeep Singh