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Sikandar Raza, a Zimbabwean all-rounder, and batsman for the Punjab Kings, has given the bowler high praise.

Sikandar Raza, a Zimbabwean all-rounder, and batsman for the Punjab Kings, has praised Sri Lankan pacer Matheesha Pathirana, claiming that the young bowler is far more difficult to read than Sri Lanka’s all-time great Lasith Malinga. Sikandar has stated that Pathirana, who plays for Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming IPL 2023, is a more deceptive bowler than Malinga due to the fact that his bowling action comes lower. “Pathirana has a lot of potential. I recall [Lasith] Malinga being challenging, but Pathirana is more so. His arm dips down. I recall Malinga being side on. His cutters and 145kph pace make it impossible to predict what would happen on that wicket. It’s a blessing from God that we managed to get those runs. I was just attempting to hit a home run and got lucky by scoring three runs without even hitting a home run. Into a void, I sent it. “I guess when it’s your day, luck favors you in weird ways,” the Zimbabwean player added.

On Wednesday at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in the IPL 2023 match between Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Delhi Capitals (DC), PBKS captain Shikhar Dhawan won the toss and elected to bowl.

The playoff race is already over for Delhi, so they’ll be playing for dignity against the cellar dwellers. Punjab Kings can still make the playoffs even if they lose to Delhi tonight, but they will need a lot of help from other results.

Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Atharva Taide, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (w), Sam Curran, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, Nathan Ellis, and Arshdeep Singh make up the rest of the Punjab Kings’ playing XI.

Prabhsimran Singh, Sikandar Raza, Matthew Short, Rishi Dhawan, and Mohit Rathee are the PBKS Impact Subs.

David Warner (c), Prithvi Shaw (w), Philip Salt (w), Rilee Rossouw, Axar Patel (w), Aman Hakim Khan (c), Yash Dhull (w), Kuldeep Yadav (w), Anrich Nortje (c), Ishant Sharma (w), and Khaleel Ahmed (wk) make up the Delhi Capitals’ playing XI.

Mukesh Kumar, Abishek Porel, Ripal Patel, Praveen Dubey, and Sarfaraz Khan are the substitutes for the DC Impact.

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