Match:Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Capitals (KXIP vs DC)
Date:October 20, 2020
Venue: Dubai Cricket Stadium – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Both teams are on opposite ends of the points table, with DC on 14 points and Kings XI Punjab on 6 points. However, Punjab have seemed to find some momentum with two wins in their last two matches, including a tight victory in two Super Overs against Mumbai Indians on Sunday. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal have led the charge with the bat, with Chris Gayle lending stability in the middle overs. Mohammad Shami is one of the most talented bowlers while Ravi Bishnoi has been a young gun to watch out for.
Delhi, on the other hand, have been clinical but will want to sort out their middle over woes. However, they have in-form players such as Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, and are the firm favourites to win the match.
The weather in Dubai will be hot and humid with temperatures hovering around the 38-degree mark. There will be wind in the evening though, which should help the players massively.
The ground in Dubai has been slowing down with each match, and batting second is getting tough. A score of 165 will be competitive.
Both teams will be looking to bat first after winning the toss. The competition has helped sides that have batted first thus far, and the trend is unlikely to change anytime soon.
KXIP Expected XI and Team News
Kings XI Punjab might look to replace Glenn Maxwell, who has not had the best tournament thus far. Mujeeb Ur Rahman might come into the side in his place. Sarfaraz Khan might replace Murugan Ashwin to lend balance.
KL Rahul: The Punjab skipper is the leading run-scorer this IPL and scored another fine fifty against Mumbai Indians. He now has 525 runs with 5 fifties and a hundred in 9 matches.
Mohammed Shami: The fast bowler was impressive in the first Super Over against Mumbai Indians as he defended 6 runs. He has been lethal with the new ball and at the death with his pacey yorkers making it tough for the rivals.
KL Rahul(C&WK), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicolas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan
DC Expected XI and Team News
Delhi might be tempted to drop Ajinkya Rahane from the XI, but they are short of resources at the top of the order. As a result, he might be persisted with and the side might go in unchanged. There is no update on the fitness of Rishabh Pant.
Shikhar Dhawan: The opener has been extraordinary in his last three games with two fifties and an unbeaten hundred. He raced away to a fine 100 against RR in the last match and took his team over the line.
Kagiso Rabada: The South African has been phenomenal in IPL 2020 and is the leading wicket-taker with 19 wickets. He has taken a wicket in his last 23 IPL games, and will be crucial for his team’s chances yet again.
Prithvi Shaw , Shikhar Dhawan , Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer(c), Marcus Stoinis Alex Carey (wk), Axar Patel, Ravi Ashwin, Tushar Deshpande, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
Head to head record of KXIP vs DC:
The two teams have played 26 games against each other in the history of the IPL, and there is nothing to choose between the two sides as far as the head to head record is concerned. KXIP have won 14 games against Delhi in the history of the IPL, while DC have registered 12 victories.
MPL Fantasy Prediction for KXIP vs DC:
WK: KL Rahul is the only batsman to score 500+ runs this season thus far and will be looking to play another captain’s knock in a crucial match.
Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan has been on fire in his last three innings and has been batting with more intent as well, which makes him a must-pick. Prithvi Shaw had started the season on a high but has gone quiet in the last few games. Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle are the key players for Punjab. Opener Mayank is the second-highest run scorer while Gayle is one of the biggest match-winners. Deepak Hooda played a mature knock under pressure against MI and will be high on confidence.
All-rounders: Marcus Stoinis has been the X-factor for Delhi Capitals this season with crucial runs lower down the order. He has also picked up a few important wickets, while Axar Patel roo has been the underrated performer. He scored a match-winning cameo in the ;ast game, and has been economical as well in the middle overs.
Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada has picked up 19 wickets and is the Purple Cap holder thus far. He has been on fire and is lethal in the death. Tushar Deshpande has had a good start to his IPL career and has been picking up wickets while Mohammed Shami was phenomenal in the Super Over in the last game.
Captain and VC: KL Rahul and Marcus Stoinis
Match Prediction for KXIP vs DC:
Kings XI Punjab have found some momentum in the last two games and will enter the match against Delhi Capitals high on confidence. They are a better team with Chris Gayle in the XI, and we expect them to win the encounter despite the might of Delhi Capitals. Delhi are struggling in the middle order batting, and if KXIP can get early wickets, they will have the upperhand.
Kings XI Punjab are expected to win.
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