IPL 2020 (Match #2) Preview - Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Capitals
Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals will face each other in the second game of the IPL 2020 in Dubai on Sunday. Both the teams are yet to win a title in 12 attempts.
KXIP v DC: Head To Head In IPL
- Matches - 24
- Punjab - 14
- Delhi 10
Kings XI Punjab
KXIP started the IPL journey on a high note as the semi-finalists in the inaugural edition of IPL in 2008 season and finished as runners-up in 2014 after losing to KKR in the summit clash. But apart from this, the team which looks always good on paper most of the time failed to deliver when it matters the most.
Dashing India opener, KL Rahul will lead KXIP after the franchise released R Ashwin. The team showed faith and retained Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, James Neesham, Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi, Chris Jordan and youngster Ishan Porel. While Maxwell will surely strengthen the middle order, Cottrell and Neesham will take the charge of Punjab's pace attack.
Also, KXIP has the king of T20 cricket Chris Gayle in their top-order and he can turn any game single-handedly when in form. However, Gayle's inconsistency to fire could be a problem and if he finds the rhythm early in the season, Rahul's men could be a big threat for any opponent and on any track. All eyes will also be on how Gayle and Rahul open the innings for KXIP.
Experienced Mohammed Shami will lead the pace attack along with Cottrell and Hardus Viljoen. Ravi Bishnoi, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman and mystery spinner Murugan Ashwin will look after the spin attack.
The support staff of Punjab franchise has an impressive line-up with former India captain Anil Kumble as their head coach and former South Africa star Jonty Rhodes as the fielding coach. Former India opener Wasim Jaffer and ex-India spinner Sunil Joshi are the batting and spin bowling coaches respectively.
After a lacklustre outing in the first 11 seasons of the lucrative league, the Delhi franchise renamed their team, from Delhi Daredevils to Delhi Capitals, in December 2018 and that turned out to be lucky for them. In 2019, Delhi's seven-year wait to enter the play-offs ended when Shreyas Iyer led from the front and took his team into the qualifiers where they lost to Chennai Super Kings
Delhi have retained most of their core players, namely Shreyas, wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant, and pacer Kagiso Rabada. This year they strengthen their batting by picking Alex Carey and Jason Roy while Chris Woakes, Mohit Sharma, Lalit Yadav, and Tushar Deshpande were added to the bowling unit. The franchise also showed a lot of faith in Shimron Hetmyer and Marcus Stoinis after bagging them at a high price.
They have also signed experienced Ajinkya Rahane and ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis and Chris Woakes are the all-rounders for Delhi while the pace department features Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Avesh Khan, and Harshal Patel.
Delhi's good show in 2019 mostly revolved around their batsmen Dhawan, Pant, and Shreyas as the trio featured in the list of top-10 run-getters while their bowlers failed to click, except Rabada, who scalped 25 wickets from 12 games.
The team management will surely expect them all to replicate the show this year again and with Ashwin and Amit Mishra in their spin attack, Delhi could pose some serious challenge for their opponents on the low and slow tracks in the UAE.
Overall, considering the hot and humid conditions, with the tracks in the UAE likely to assist spinners, Delhi seem to have slight advantage against their opponents.
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (captain/wicket-keeper), Karun Nair, Mohammed Shami, Nicholas Pooran, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Hardus Viljoen, Darshan Nalkande, Sarfaraz Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Murugan Ashwin, K Gowtham, J Suchith, Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, Deepak Hooda, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, James Neesham, Chris Jordan, Tajinder Dhillon, Prabhsimran Singh, and Harpreet Brar
Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Alex Carey, Jason Roy, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Chris Woakes, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Mohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Sandeep Lamichhane, and Tushar Deshpande
With Inputs from IANS