The Northern derby between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab is all set to commence. It is all set to be a cracking contest between both the sides. The previous contest between the two sides ended up in a Super Over thriller, with Marcus Stoinis holding his nerve with bat and ball. Nevertheless, both teams are well-matched on paper with momentum also on their sides coming into this game. With two valuable points on offer, we should be in for a cracking contest in Dubai.
Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Capitals, Match 38
20th October 2020, at 7:30 PM IST
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
What To Expect:
Another entertaining game beckons at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium with the pitching playing slightly better for the batsmen in recent games.Teams have started to exploit the shorter side of the ground but they could be in for a test against the spinners, who are extracting a considerable amount of turn off the surface. The pacers should have a say in this game as well, with change of pace being a handy asset at this venue.Although dew could play a part in the second innings, both teams will ideally look to bat first with the pitch slowing down as the game progresses. The average first innings score in 16 IPL 2020 games at this venue is 176, although 160-170 should be a challenging score.
Delhi Capitals have been utterly sensational in IPL 2020 with fourteen points out of a possible eighteen. Apart from their star-studded bowling unit, Shikhar Dhawan has led the way with three consecutive fifty-plus scores in IPL 2020. Adding Shreyas Iyer and Marcus Stoinis into the equation only sweetens the deal. With Rishabh Pant fit and rearing to go, Delhi Capitals look stronger then what they looked in their previous match against CSK
Delhi Capitals Predicted Playing XI:
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravi Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Tushar Deshpande
Kings XI Punjab:
Kings XI Punjab, they are in a race against time to make the top four. Despite sitting in the bottom half of the table for most of the IPL, they come into this game on the back of two stunning wins, including a morale-boosting victory against MI during the weekend. With KL Rahul going strong at the top of the order, KXIP are firing on all cylinders at the right time as they launch a late bid for a top-four spot
Kings XI Punjab Predicted Playing XI:
KL Rahul (C&WK), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin and Arshdeep Singh