DC vs KXIP Team Prediction: Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab – 20 September 2020 (Abu Dhabi). The North-Indian derby of the IPL is finally here.
Delhi Capitals will take on Kings XI Punjab in the second match of IPL 2020 aka Indian Premier League which will be played at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai. The two teams from North-India will collide against each other to get their first win of the season.
Delhi Capitals changed their name last year and it definitely changed their fortunes to some extent as well. The captaincy of Shreyas Iyer has been really good for the side and the Indian batting core of the Delhi Capitals is one of the best in the tournament. They look like a really settled side on paper and would definitely want to kick start the tournament with a win.
Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, heavily rely on their two superstars i.e. KL Rahul and Chris Gayle. The arrival of Glenn Maxwell will certainly add some fuel in the batting line-up of the Kings. The bowling department looks promising with the likes of Mohammad Shami, Chris Jordan, Sheldon Cottrell, and Mujeeb ur Rehman. However, there are some problems in the middle-order and their big names would want to cover that up in this game.
We are in for a great contest in the first game of the IPL 2020.
Pitch Report –
This pitch will not allow a high scoring contest as the average 1st innings score at this ground in T20 Domestic games is just 149 runs.
Total Game Played: 67; Batting 1st Won: 22 Batting 2nd Won: 44, N/R: 1
Match Details :
Time:- 7.30 PM, Live on Star Sports Network
Probable XI for both sides:-
Delhi Capitals – Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane/Shimron Hetmyer, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel/Kemo Paul, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada.
Kings XI Punjab – KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Glenn Maxwell, Mandeep Singh, Krishnappa Gowtham, Chris Jordan, Mujeeb ur Rehman, Mohammad Shami, Ravi Bishnoi/Ishan Porel.
Clean-Hitters in the Team
Delhi Capitals – Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, and Shreyas Iyer.
Kings XI Punjab – KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, and Glenn Maxwell.
Death Overs Specialist Bowlers
Delhi Capitals – Kagiso Rabada
Kings XI Punjab – Chris Jordan
5 Must-Have Players in the Squad
KL Rahul, Glenn Maxwell, Kagiso Rabada, Shikhar Dhawan, and Rishabh Pant.
DC vs KXIP Team Wicket-Keepers
KL Rahul (Price 10.5) and Rishabh Pant (Price 9.5) will be the wicket-keepers of our squad. Rahul is in the form of his life and has not done anything wrong in the last one year. He is the ace batsman of the side and scored 593 runs in the last season as well. KL is a gun player and just cannot be dropped whereas Pant is a different machine all together in the IPL and has been the highest run-scorer of the tournament since 2017. He scored 488 runs last season as well and is a clean hitter of the ball. This duo of keepers should be picked for this game.
DC vs KXIP Team Batsmen
Shikhar Dhawan (Price 10), Shreyas Iyer (Price 9), and Prithvi Shaw (Price 8.5) will be our batsmen from the Delhi Capitals. This Indian batting trio is one of the best in the tournament and is expected to do wonders in this season. Dhawan is a very good player of the spin-bowling and was the highest run-scorer of the side last season with 521 runs under his belt whereas Iyer is also a clean hitter of the cricket ball and scored 463 runs in the last season as well. Shaw is expected to be the aggressor in the powerplay overs and his stroke playing skills are second to none. This trio will be very important in this game.
Mayank Agarwal (Price 8.5) will be our batsman from the Kings XI Punjab. Mayank will carry the responsibility to hold the middle-order of the Punjab side. He has played a lot of International cricket now and is an experienced campaigner. He scored 332 runs last season and would want to improve his record this time around.
DC vs KXIP Team All-Rounders
Glenn Maxwell (Price 9) will be our all-rounder from the Kings XI Punjab. Maxwell is one of the best T20 players around the globe and if he can get some consistency, he will be the most lethal weapon of Punjab this season. In 2014, IPL was held in UAE and Maxi played a huge role in the team’s success, he would be expected to do the same in this game too.
DC vs KXIP Team Bowlers
Kagiso Rabada (Price 9) and Amit Mishra (Price 8.5) will be our bowlers from the Delhi Capitals. Rabada is one of the best pacers around the globe and he proved his efficiency in the IPL by picking 25 wickets last season. Kagiso will bowl in the death overs as well and is expected to take a lot of wickets this season whereas Mishra is the 2nd highest wicket-taker in the history of IPL. He picked 11 wickets last season as well and the pitches here will assist him too. This duo will be vital for the Delhi Capitals.
Mujeeb ur Rehman (Price 9) and Mohammad Shami (Price 8.5) will be our bowlers from the Kings XI Punjab. Mujeeb is coming on the back of a really good CPL 2020 campaign and he is a man in form. He will lead the spin department of the side whereas Shami is a wicket-taker who bowl brilliant yorkers as well. He picked 19 wickets last season and would like to improve his record this time around.
Match Prediction: Delhi Capitals will be the favourites to win this game.
Top Names for the Captaincy Role:-
KL Rahul and Glenn Maxwell
Top Names for the Vice-Captaincy Role:-
Both the captain’s pick + Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer
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