IPL 2019: Kings XI Punjab Vs Delhi Capitals match preview – Tentaran

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Kings XI Punjab Vs Delhi Capitals match preview highlights:

  • KXIP and DC will begin the fourth round of the group stage matches in the IPL on Monday
  • The two sides will clash against each other on April 1 at 8:00 pm with the toss scheduled for 7:30 pm
  • The pitch is expected to be a batting-friendly track with a score of 180 the minimum needed for the side batting first to put the other under pressure. Both the sides have registered 2 wins each after 3 matches in the tournament

Kings XI Punjab Vs Delhi Capitals match preview

Kings XI Punjab Vs Delhi Capitals match preview  

Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals will take on each other in a pivotal clash in Punjab today. Both sides go into the encounter having won two out of three matches in the league, which places each of them in the all-important top 4 of the table.

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Both the sides had tasted success in their previous encounters. Having played on the same day, Punjab had successfully chased down Mumbai’s 177 run target in 18.4 overs following which Delhi Capitals had trounced KKR in a super over at home. The first draw of this season saw the super overcome into play for the sixth time in the IPL, one that saw Rabada bowl at an ominous line and length throughout the crucial over, hitting the pitch in the Yorker length area persistently to defend the 10 run target set by Delhi.

Kings XI Punjab Vs Delhi Capitals match preview

Going into the encounter, despite Delhi winning their previous encounter, there are many unanswered questions that the new look capital based franchisee have yet to answer. Iyer as a captain has rarely looked well versed, failing to understand the conditions and alter his game plan as per the need of the match. With the bat as well, he’s hardly looked stable, way too inconsistent and unreliable for his side.

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Along with leadership issues, the Delhi side is also having to face the ramifications of a besmirched team management which has been clueless in the side’s first three matches. The team combination has been wrong in all the three matches the unit has played with 4 changes in the previous encounter not allowing the team to settle down. Boult for some beleaguered reason has been dropped for 2 matches in a row now and the absence of Colin Munro has left supporters perplexed as well.

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What is working for both the sides though is their batting unit? With explosive players in both the sides who are renowned for playing cracker innings, this encounter promises to be yet another high scoring encounter. Delhi goes into the match as the more complete bowling side though and if they can manage to find a place for Boult in the setup, this is an encounter that should swing their way.

Kings XI Punjab Vs Delhi Capitals match preview

Probable XI

Kings XI Punjab: Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Mayank Agarwal, Murugan Ashwin, Chris Gayle, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mohammed Shami, Karun Nair, KL Rahul, Andrew Tye, Hardus Viljoen.

Delhi Capitals:  Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram, Trent Boult, Shreyas Iyer (c), Kagiso Rabada, Rishabh Pant (wk), Prithvi Shaw, Amit Mishra, Colin Munro, Hanuma Vihari, Sandeep Lamichhane.

Kings XI Punjab Vs Delhi Capitals match preview

Squads:

Kings XI Punjab: Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Agnivesh Ayachi, Sam Curran, Chris Gayle, Harpreet Brar, Moises Henriques, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, David Miller, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karun Nair, Darshan Nalkande, Nicholas Pooran, KL Rahul, Ankit Rajpoot, Simran Singh, Andrew Tye, Varun Chakravarthy, Hardus Viljoen.

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Delhi Capitals: Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram, Trent Boult, Axar Patel, Shreyas Iyer (c), Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Tewatia, Rishabh Pant (wk), Keemo Paul, Prithvi Shaw, Amit Mishra, Colin Munro, Jalaj Saxena, Harshal Patel, Hanuma Vihari, Bandaru Ayyappa, Ankush Bains, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh, Sandeep Lamichhane, Manjot Kalra, Sherfane Rutherford

Head-to-head in IPL 2018

Punjab had gotten the better of Delhi in both the encounters the two sides had contested in last year’s edition of the Indian Premier League. A 2 wicket win in a low scoring encounter for KXIP in a low scoring encounter at the Feroz Shah Kotla was followed up by another successful chase by the Punjab based franchisee at home to register a 6 wicket win in pursuit of 167.

Delhi Capitals 139-8 (20) vs Kings XI Punjab 143-8 (20)

Kings XI Punjab 167-4 (18.5) vs Delhi Capitals 166-7 (20)

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