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Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the Indian Premier League match between Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals, the first of the reverse fixtures of the 2021 season. The second half of the IPL group stage begins with this.

Big team news ahead of the match. Punjab skipper KL Rahul has been diagnosed with acute appendicitis and has flown to Mumbai for surgery and further treatment, which will keep him out of action for at least a week.

Mayank Agarwal is expected to lead the side in Rahul’s absence, starting with tonight’s match against Delhi Capitals.

“KL Rahul complained of severe abdomen pain last night and after not responding to medication, he was taken to emergency room for further tests which revealed that he was diagnosed with acute appendicitis,” the team said in a statement.

“It will be resolved surgically and for safety measures, he has been transferred to the hospital for the same,” it added.

Rahul is expected to operated on Sunday night at the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai. The team expects him to return to action within a week or 10 days, reported PTI.

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