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IPL 2019, Match 37- DC Vs KXIP, Preview: Shreyas Iyer And His Men Ready To Take Down Replenished Punjab

In the second game of the blockbuster Saturday (April 20), Delhi Capitals (DC) will be locking horns with the Kings XI Punjab at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. Both the teams are coming into this game after witnessing contrasting results in their respective previous outings. While in the first meeting between these two teams earlier in the tournament, Punjab registered a sensational 14-run victory after Delhi got dealt with a monumental collapse in which they lost 7 wickets for 8 runs. 

DC’s backstory

The Shreyas Iyer-led team has won five of the nine games played this season. The Delhi Capitals team will be entering this match after conceding a convincing 40-run loss in the previous game against Mumbai Indians (MI). After starting on a topsy-curvy note, Delhi has recovered greatly in the last few games and thus, they have a fabulous tally of 10 points in their baggage. However, they still have some definite issues with their batting.

The DC batters are yet to strike some sort of consistency this season and they would be expected to address the issue pretty quickly. But their bowling has been upto the mark in this season thus far as both the fast bowlers as well as the spinners have bowled really well. They would now be hoping to continue their good work in the upcoming games as well.

KXIP’s backstory

On the other hand, the Ravichandran Ashwin-led team is coming into this game after eclipsing Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the last match. Punjab has also witnessed similar fortunes like Delhi, recording five wins thus far in the tournament. However, the KXIP are yet to figure out definite solutions to sort out the major middle-order batting woes. The openers have given great starts in almost every game, but then the middle-order batters have always spoiled the things. 

The middle-order batters definitely need to up their games in order to build on this winning momentum. While in the bowling department, the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami and Murugan Ashwin have done really well this season and the rest of the bowlers have also lent their support very nicely. They will be looking to perform in the similar manner in the upcoming games of the tournament as well.

Head to Head Battle

Matches

DC

KXIP

Overall (23)

9

14

At the Feroz Shah Kotla (10)

5

5

Delhi Capitals’ likely Playing XI

Even after conceding a convincing loss in the previous match, Delhi Capitals are likely to stick with the same playing XI. This means that the duo comprising of Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw will once again take the guards as the openers. Colin Munro will take up the crucial number three slot, while skipper Shreyas Iyer will bat at four. Rishabh pant will be expected to fulfil the finisher’s role with his aggressive abilities.

The likes of Axar Patel, Chris Morris and Keemo Paul will be the three all-rounders. Morris and Keemo will partner with Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma in the fast bowling department, while Axar will handle the spin bowling duties along with Amit Mishra.

Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Axar Patel, Chris Morris, Keemo Paul, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma.

Kings XI Punjab’s likely Playing XI

The Kings would also be forced to go in with same the line-up due to the flurry of injuries. The explosive in-form pair of Chris Gayle and KL Rahul will open the batting. Mayank Agarwal will take up the big responsibility of leading the middle-order which will include the likes of David Miller, Nicholas Pooran and Mandeep Singh. The middle-order batting positions will be decided in accordance with the situation of the game.

The KXIP team management are likely to persist with playing three spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin, Murugan Ashwin and Mujeeb Ur Rahman. While in the fast bowling department, young Arshdeep Singh will retain his place after an excellent debut and he will accompany Mohammed Shami.

Probable XI: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Mandeep Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh.

Match Timings- 8:00 pm IST and local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 Hindi HD.

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