First Sunday of IPL 2020, will see the clash between two highly talented sides. Delhi Capitals will take on Kings XI Punjab in the second match of IPL 2020. Ahead of the big clash, we bring you all the fantasy cricketing tips of the Delhi Capitals (DD) and Kings XI Punjab match (KXIP). Delhi Capitals will be led by Shreyas Iyer whereas this year KL Rahul will be the new skipper of Kings XI Punjab.

Match Timings and Venue 

The match will be contested at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium also known as ‘Ring Of Fire’ on September 20 at 7:30 IST. 

Weather Forecast

The Dubai weather is expected to remain hot, hotter and hottest as the players will be playing in greatly hot weather of the Arabian desert. Temperatures are expected to be between 35 to 40-degree Celcius when DD takes on KXIP. 

Head To Head 

So far the two teams have faced each other on 24 occasions. KXIP hold a slight advantage over DD in the head to head as they have won 14 matches to whereas DD has won 10. 

Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab – Fantasy Tips

Firstly it is important to pick a balanced side as it will make your team stronger. Now that you can fix your team even after the toss, it makes your job easier.

From the Kings XI Punjab, all eyes will be on their opening duo of Chris Gayle and new skipper KL Rahul. The KXIP captain has had a terrific run in the IPL in the last few years. He will have fond memories of playing against DD as he scored the fastest ever IPL 50 against them in the IPL. Rahul in his IPL career has so far aggregated 197 runs at an average 42 and Strike rate of touching 140 which makes him an automatic pick in your side. He can easily be picked as a captain in your fantasy team. 

His opening partner Gayle too has a phenomenal record against DC in the IPL. The ‘Universe Boss’ in 14 matches against them has scored 450 runs at an average of 40 and SR of 154 including a 128*. Gayle should also surely be part of your side as he always saves his best for the IPL. 

Another key member of KXIP is Glenn Maxwell who was sensational when the IPL was last played in UAE. The Australian is a match-winner on his day and should be in your Fantasy side. Moreover from the bowling attack, Mohammed Shami and Mujeeb Ur Rahman should also be trusted as they can pick loads of wickets even in a T20 match. 

Coming to DD, their captain Shreyas Iyer and seasoned opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan is a must in your team. But the player that should be the first picks in your squad is the4 exciting Rishabh Pant that has a staggering record in the IPL. The 22-year-old averages 37 in the league and scores runs at a strike rate of 162 which makes him a captain contender in your squad. 

Also, ex-KXIP player Ravichandran Ashwin will play a crucial role for DD throughout the IPL. Considering the pitches in the UAE, Ashwin should be in your team as he can also cheap in with few runs down the order. Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada should also be a sure shot pick in your XI as he keeps a check on the scoring rate and picks key wickets. 

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Predicted Playing XI 

Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (captain), Shimron Hetmyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Marcus Stoinis/ Alex Carrey, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mohit Sharma. 

Kings XI Punjab: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul (c and wk), Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Glenn Maxwell, Mandeep Singh, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hardus Viljoen/ Sheldon Cottrell, Ravi Bishnoi/ Ishan Porel. 

Pitch Report 

Expect spin to play a major part in the match as a total of around 150-160 runs is expected to be match-winning. The ball might now come to the bat after the first power play so expect teams to go hard early and then look to strengthen against the spinners in the middle order. 

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Fantasy 11 picks

Captain – KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant

Vice-Captain –Shreyas Iyer, Glenn Maxwell

Batters – KL Rahul (c), Rishabh Pant (c), Maxwell (VC), Shreyas Iyer (VC)

All-Rounders – Krishnappa Gowtham, Stoinis

Bowlers – Rabada, Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Amit Mishra

Match Prediction 

It is anticipated to be an even contest between the two well-balanced sides. The team that bats first will hold an advantage if the pitch is slow as it won’t be easy to chase down a target. Finally, the team that plays spin well will end up bossing the game. Considering Delhi Capitals experienced batting and more dynamic players in the late middle order they hold a slight advantage against KXIP in their opening clash. 

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