DC vs KXIP MPL Team: “IPL has begun!” It puts a smile on your face just reading it, isn’t it? This is the time that we all were waiting for and what a start it was. Two heavyweights going at each other with all their might and the result was decided in the final over, first of many to come. CSK uprooted the defending champions MI and we saw two of the most successful captains, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma, have a go at each other. Now that the veterans have set the stage it is time for young leaders to take over. So, today, Shreyas Iyer will lead Delhi Capitals against KL Rahul’s Kings XI Punjab! This match will bring a new flavor to IPL as both leaders are aiming to end the curse that has hurt their fans so much over the years, the curse of not having won an IPL Trophy. It is a North Indian derby and much is at stake.
Fixture: Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab, Match 2, IPL 2020
Date: Sunday, 20th September 2020
Time: 7:30 PM (IST); 6:00 PM (Local Time)
Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
Venue Stats: Dubai has hosted 51 T20s since 2018 in which team batting first has won 25 times, while team batting second has won 26 times, so there is not much to choose there. However, last night we saw MI bowlers drying the ball so dew factor can come later into the match.
Pitch Report: Dubai has been equal to both fast bowlers and spinners as stats show that paceman takes wickets at an average of 22, while spinners do it at 23. But it is spinners who have proved more economical (economy rate of 6.7) compared to fast bowlers (7.6). The average first-innings score is 152, keeping in mind the fact that it can go us in the early part of the tournament. There was a lot of grass in Abu Dhabi to hold the pitch together and we can expect something similar here.
Team News DC – Delhi have a lot of options they can consider to play at the top of the order and that brings them problem of plenty. They would like to play people who have faced some recent action meaning Marcus Stoinis could get a game, even though he was out of form vs England.
Team News KXIP – The biggest question for KXIP to answer is where do they fit Chris Gayle! The Universe Boss brings a lot of excitement for the fans but confusion for the management. His chances of playing today are a bit slim.
Expected Change – KXIP’s captain last season, R Ashwin, will play for DC today. K Gowtham is set to make his debut for KXIP. Young spinner Ravi Bishnoi can also get a game for the men from Punjab. Below is predicted XI for DC vs KXIP MPL fantasy cricket tips.
DC Playing XI (Predicted)
1. Prithvi Shaw
2. Shikhar Dhawan
3. Shimron Hetmyer
4. Shreyas Iyer (capt)
5. Rishabh Pant (wk)
6. Alex Carey/Marcus Stoinis/Keemo Paul
7. Axar Patel
8. R Ashwin
9. Kagiso Rabada
10. Sandeep Lamichhane
11. Ishant Sharma
KXIP Playing XI (Predicted)
1. KL Rahul (capt & wk)
2. Mayank Agarwal
3. Nicholas Pooran
4. Glenn Maxwell
5. Sarfaraz Khan
6. Mandeep Singh/Deepak Hooda
7. K Gowtham
8. James Neesham/Chris Jordan/Sheldon Cottrell
9. Ravi Bishnoi/J Suchith
10. Mohammed Shami
11. Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Glenn Maxwell: One of the many reasons why Maxwell is our captain’s choice is because he has been playing and nothing can match game-time. He is coming on the back of a match-winning hundred vs England. Also, the last time IPL moved to UAE Maxwell stole the show. He has played 69 matches so far and has a strike-rate of over 160! Also, he is gun in the field and might bowl a few overs too.
Shimron Hetmyer: The hard-hitting left-hander was bought by Delhi for a whooping Rs 7.75 crore and that shows the trust they have in him. Hetmyer couldn’t make much mark in last season where he played only 5 matches but has improved a lot since then. He has scored hundreds against India and was in great form in CPL too.
KL Rahul: The elegant right-hander was at his best before the pandemic hit us. Rahul was simply amazing with the bat last season scoring a mammoth 593 runs at 53. He has 16 IPL fifties and 1 hundred to his name and is by far the most technically correct batsman going into this match. Plus, he will be wicket-keeping, so extra points there. He sure is one of the best picks for DC vs KXIP today match prediction teams.
Shreyas Iyer: Yes, we have captain vs captain for the spot of vice-captains: Iyer and Rahul are touted to be the future of Indian batting. He scored 463 runs in last IPL and overall has 1681 runs in the 62 matches he has played. He plays the anchor role for his side and that means is most likely to face maximum deliveries.
Rishabh Pant: No matter in which team or format Pant plays, he will always remain an X-Factor and there is a strong reason behind that. The man knows only one way to bat and his IPL strike-rate of 162 proves that. He has been phenomenal since he made his debut in 2016 scoring 1736 runs in 54 matches at an average of 36!
Mujeeb Ur Rahman: The Afghan spinner is has done well in the past two seasons and the reason why we have him here is his record against Delhi’s two left-handers Hetmyer and Pant. Mujeeb has got Hetmyer out twice in the 12 balls he has bowled to him conceding only fours runs, while dismissing Pant twice in the 11 balls he has bowled to them for 17 runs.
MPL Most Affordable Players
To have the mighty Rahul’s and Pant’s in your team you need some affordable players too otherwise how will you create you MPL team that will beat others. So, here are the two most affordable players who can bring you handy points
Sarfaraz Khan (Credits – 8): The fidgety batsman has not been consistent but what he has been good at is scoring at high rate. You saw what Saurabh Tiwary did yesterday and Sarfaraz can do the same.
Sandeep Lamichhane (Credits – 8.5): He Nepalese leggie has been good wherever he has played and will be very difficult to getaway. He can pick wickets with both new and old ball.