It was against Delhi Capitals when Kings XI Punjab’s heartbreaking defeats started in IPL 2020. KL Rahul & Co will be eyeing revenge when both teams lock horns in the second leg at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium later tonight.
King XI Punjab will be high on confidence after their Super Over win over Mumbai Indians. For the first time in history, two Super Overs were played in the end before Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal gave Punjab the much-needed win. However, Punjab will ponder on their middle-order as they almost faltered their chase after KL Rahul and Gayle gave a good start.
On the bowling front, Mohammed Shami was exceedingly well defending five runs in the Super Over. Young Arshdeep Singh has also lived up to the expectations with spinners Murugan Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi guarding the spin department. Kings XI Punjab will hope to deliver the same goods as each victory is like gold for them.
Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, are one of the most consistent teams of the ongoing IPL 2020. They are back on track with two consecutive wins after the loss against Mumbai Indians. In the absence of Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan has stepped up really well.
However, their only concern will be Prithvi Shaw’s form with the bat. The opener has scored four runs in three recent outings. But Delhi Capitals’ pace attack which is arguably the best in the tournament has covered it up nicely. Purple Cap holder Kagiso Rabada (19) and Anrich Nortje (12 wickets) have formed a formidable partnership, and are well complemented by Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel.
It will be an exciting duel between Delhi bowling and Kings XI Punjab’s batting in Dubai tonight.
IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab on October 20 (Tuesday) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium from 7:30 PM IST
With the pitches in Dubai slowing down considerably as the game progresses, it’s been difficult on chasing sides. DC would know it better than anyone, having only just won their first game while chasing.
As a result, toss plays an important role with the team winning the toss looking to bat first.
Predicted Playing XI
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (C), Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Tushar Deshpande, Kagiso Rabada Anrich Nortje
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (C, wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, M Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami
Match Prediction – Who will win the match?
The last time both Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals faced each other, the match went to the Super Over. It is likely to be a similar clash with both teams filled with superstars in the team.
But, with newfound confidence, Punjab might emerge as the winners and keep their hopes alive in the ongoing tournament in the UAE.