In the second game of the 13th edition of The Indian Premier League (IPL 2020), Delhi Capitals will be tussling with Kings XI Punjab. In the last 12 seasons of IPL, both DC and KXIP were not able to win this coveted tournament, and the two will wish to change this record this time.
A strong mix of players are available to Delhi Capitals, who participated in the IPL playoffs last year. They have experienced campaigners in Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane. In the meantime, they also have many talented young players like Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant.
On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab have got a very good team themselves too. They have a clear top order with KL Rahul and Chris Gayle at the top. The team is powerful in the centre, with Karun Nair, Nicholas Pooran and Glenn Maxwell.
The department of bowling includes players like experienced pacer Mohammed Shami, a talented spinner from Afghanistan, Mujeeb-Ur-Rehman and the Kiwi all-rounder James Neesham. KXIP looks overall very balanced side.
Both the sides have faced each other in 24 occasions in the Indian Premier League history. And it is the team from Punjab who have the advantage over Delhi based Delhi Capitals (DC), in overall 24 matches Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) has won 14 of them, while Delhi Capitals has managed to win only 10.
Both the teams first faced other on the inaugural edition of Indian Premier League in 2008 on 27 April. The very first match was won by Kings XI Punjab by 4 wickets after they managed to chase Delhi’s 159 runs target. While the very latest match was won by Delhi Capitals on 20 April 2019.
The 2nd match of IPL 2020 will be played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai. The 1st batting average score here is 145, while 1st batting win percentage is 54.84 percent. The highest score which was successfully chased here is 183 runs.
Player to watch out for
Rishabh Pant: All the Delhi Capitals fans will have high expectations from their star wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. In the last 10 IPL matches, Pant has scored 312 runs with a batting average of 39.00 and strike rate of 157.57.
Ishant Sharma: Delhi’s bowling department will be lead by none other than India international bowler Ishant Sharma. He has picked up 9 wickets in the last 9 matches.
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul: The Karnataka born Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul will play a crucial part in the team’s campaign this season. And fans will be expecting a lot from the new Punjab captain. Rahul has scored 502 runs in previous 10 matches.
Mohammed Shami: Mohammed Shami will be lead bowler from Punjab’s camp. He has 14 wickets on his name in the last 10 IPL matches, while the economy rate is just 8.50. Can also contribute with the bat.
DC vs KXIP Head to Head
In the last 3 years, both the franchises have met 6 times in the Indian Premier League (IPL), in those matches, KXIP has won 4 while DC managed to win only 2.
Highest score at the venue: Sunrisers Hyderabad 184/1 vs Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in 2014.
- Chris Gayle is 16 short of 4500 IPL runs
- KL Rahul needs 23 runs to complete 2000 IPL runs
- 3 more scalps and Amit Mishra will complete 100 wickets for the Delhi franchise
- Rishabh Pant needs 6 more sixes to complete 100 IPL sixes
DC vs KXIP Possible XI
Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Keemo Paul, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane.
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul (Captain), Karun Nair, Mayank Agarwal, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, Krishnappa Gowtham, Nicholas Pooran, Chris Jordan, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Sheldon Cottrell.