DC vs KXIP Dream11 Prediction: After a high-profile opening encounter of the season, it is time for the clash between two of the underachievers of the league. Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab have promised a lot more than they have delivered over the years. And once again, they both have resources to go all the way in the season. This match will be played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Delhi Capitals have slowly built a team around Indian youngsters for a couple years now. And who were the youngsters a few years ago, have now gone on to become solid international players for India. Only issue that may haunt them this year is the number of choices for top order positions. Almost all their batsmen play their best cricket at the top but someone has to do a job at the back end if they are to put on consistent performances. In this extended puzzle, the role of Shimron Hetmyer will be interesting one for sure. Primarily batting in top 3 in the Caribbean, Ricky Ponting has hinted about using him in the finisher’s role.
Kings XI Punjab will have a new captain this year and we all should be excited about KL Rahul leading a cricket team, shouldn’t we? A brilliant cricketing mind with enough experience of playing international cricket, this should be the perfect time for KL Rahul to lead Kings XI Punjab. They have added some exciting talents to their wings during this year’s auction. They have some decisions to make in terms of their overseas players. Nicholas Pooran should play ahead of Chris Gayle while Glenn Maxwell and Mujeeb Ur Rahman look confirmed in their positions. Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Jordan and James Neesham will be competing for the final spot to start with.
In head-to-head comparisons, Kings XI Punjab have fared better than their rivals today. KXIP have taken 14 matches while 10 games have gone Capital’s way in 24 matches played between them. Kings XI Punjab have been particularly dominant in recent history by winning 4 out of last 5 matches. They will be locking horns for the first time in UAE.
Pitch and Conditions
The weather in this part of the world around September will remain clear with pleasant temperatures in the evening. The pitches at Dubai have assisted the stroke-play over the years and that should make the batsmen happy from both sides. Fast bowlers will also get some bounce to play with if they bend their backs. As we saw in Abu Dhabi last night, they may leave some grass on the pitch in early part of the season to hold them together for the plenty of upcoming cricket on the same playing surface.
DC vs KXIP Dream11 Teams Match Details
Fixture name: Delhi Capitals Vs Kings XI Punjab, Match 2, IPL 2020
Competition: IPL 2020
Date: 20th September 2020
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Stadium: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Head to Head (Last 5 games)
Delhi Capitals: 01, KingsXI Punjab: 04, Tie: 00
Delhi Capitals: LWWLW
Kings XI Punjab: WLLLL
Last Match at the Venue
Papua New Guinea (128/8, 20 Overs) lost to Netherlands (134/3, 19 Overs) by 7 wickets, 2nd November 2019.
Many believe that Delhi Capitals have the best chance to make an impression this year keeping in mind their track record in last few years.
Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw are the preferred openers while Ajinkya Rahane will find it hard to fit into a team filled with top-order players.
The most exciting prospect is of their middle order play this year. Shimron Hetmyer will complement the dynamic duo of Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer. This looks like a mouth-watering composition already.
Marcus Stoinis and Axar Patel will be their all-rounders while Kagiso Rabada and Ravichandran Ashwin will be their leaders in the bowling department. Sandeep Lamichhane, Anrich Nortje and Avesh Khan are having chances to round-off the remaining two spots in that order as Ishant Sharma has picked up a late injury in yesterday's net session.
Kings XI Punjab have made a couple of very good additions to their squad compared to last year’s season.
KL Rahul and Mayank Agrawal are likely to begin proceedings for them in batting scheme of things. They will find it hard to accommodate Chris Gayle into their starting XI this year given the other quality options they have.
Glenn Maxwell and Nicholas Pooran will form a powerful middle order while Sarfaraz Khan and Krishnappa Gowtham will be playing crucial roles in the second half of the innings. They have a decision to make between Deepak Hooda and Mandeep Singh with the former having a higher probability to feature in the XI.
Mohammad Shami, Sheldon Cottrell and Mujeeb Ur Rahman are confirmed starters while Ravi Bishnoi and Ishan Porel are likely to compete for a spot.
KXIP Playing 11 (Probable)
KL Rahul Mayank Agrawal Nicholas Pooran Glenn Maxwell Sarfaraz Khan Deepak Hooda Krishnappa Gowtham Mujeeb Ur Rahman Ravi Bishnoi Mohammad Shami Sheldon Cottrell
DC vs KXIP Dream 11 Prediction Today Cricket Match
KL Rahul will remain in demand this year no matter which league you are playing. His impact at the top of the order has remained decisive for KXIP for last couple of seasons. He has reinvented himself from the time he started opening the batting for his team in T20 cricket. As the statistics say, he is one of the toughest batsmen to bowl against in power-play and if you don’t get him out in the initial phase, he is likely to capitalize.
Glenn Maxwell has landed in Dubai after a breathtaking innings in the final ODI against England. He took Australia to the brinks from nowhere and looked in terrific touch. He has learnt to build an innings in T20 format and that will make him even more dangerous.
Rishabh Pant is a different prospect altogether when he plays in Delhi colours. For all his inconsistencies at the international arena, he is easily one of the most consistent performers for the capitals. He feasts on any type of spin and KXIP will have to do well to restrict him today.
For Grand Leagues
Mujeeb Ur Rahman is coming off from a successful CPL campaign. He was the second highest wicket-taker in the league with 16 scalps at an average of 13.56 for Jamaica Tallawahs. He is usually less effective against the right-handers but he will have some left-handers to work with today.
Shimron Hetmyer came into IPL last year with a big reputation from international cricket. But he had a disappointing season with RCB. He was picked up by Delhi Capitals in the auction this year. Fans should get excited about his pairing with Rishabh Pant in the middle overs. But there is a key to Shimron Hetmyer’s lock if you are KXIP. He has struggled against off-spinners in his T20 career so far and he will have to play Krishnappa Gowtham well to make an impact against other bowlers.
Ravichandran Ashwin can be a differential pick for the captaincy position today. He has led KXIP for last two years and would know his opponents well than any other players from the Delhi camp. His battle against Nicholas Pooran in the middle overs will go a long way to decide the outcome of the match.
Both these teams are looking strong on paper this year and will be looking to start their season on a winning note. Their encounters have remained close if we look at history of the league. According to our Today Match Prediction, Delhi Capitals are primed to win this encounter due to their overall depth in both the departments. But every team in this IPL has enough firepower up their sleeves to surprise anyone on their days.
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