The North India derby is back in the IPL 2019! Delhi Capitals is all set to square off against Kings XI Punjab at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on April 20. The match will start at 8:00 PM IST. The two teams would be facing each other for the second time this season. In the previous match in Mohali, Punjab had got out of jail to clinch a thrilling 14 runs win against Delhi. Now, it will be Delhi’s turn to take some revenge from Punjab.
Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab have both played nine matches so far. Interestingly, both the teams have won five out of them and find themselves in the third and the fourth positions on the points table. Delhi is ahead due to a better net run rate.
Punjab is coming into this match after winning the previous match against Rajasthan Royals by 12 runs. Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, faced a defeat by 40 runs against Mumbai Indians at the Kotla on Thursday.
As the moment rolls, all the Bhangra and dancing will be on at the Kotla when these two strong teams led by Ravichandran Ashwin and Shreyas Iyer take on each other.
DC vs KXIP Squads
Delhi Capitals: Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Amit Mishra, Colin Ingram, Colin Munro, Jalaj Saxena, Trent Boult, Chris Morris, Hanuma Vihari, Bandaru Ayyappa, Axar Patel, Ankush Bains, Shreyas Iyer (c), Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Tewatia, Avesh Khan, Jagadeesha Suchith, Nathu Singh, Rishabh Pant, Sandeep Lamichhane, Keemo Paul, Prithvi Shaw, Manjot Kalra, Sherfane Rutherford
Kings XI Punjab: Chris Gayle, Moises Henriques, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, David Miller, Mohammed Shami, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul, Murugan Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Hardus Viljoen, Andrew Tye, Sam Curran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Agnivesh Ayachi, Darshan Nalkande, Varun Chakravarthy, Arshdeep Singh, Simran Singh, Harpreet Brar
DC vs KXIP Team News
1. Delhi will look at Sandeep Lamichhane considering the slow and turning pitch in Kotla. Keemo Paul will likely make way for the young leg-spinner.
2. Colin Munro is another player who could be rested while DC will be tempted to bring in Colin Ingram.
3. Rest of the side should not see any changes.
Predicted 11: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithwi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (C), Colin Ingram/Colin Munro, Rishabh Pant (WK), Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane
Kings XI Punjab:
1. There are injury concerns with Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Moises Henriques and Varun Chakravarthy.
2. Andrew Tye could back in place of Mujeeb Ur Rehman while Nicholas Pooran could sit out to fit in Sam Curran in the lineup.
Predicted 11: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul (WK), Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan/Karun Nair, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Andrew Tye
DC vs KXIP Pitch Report
Considering the last match played on this pitch, the Kotla wicket is likely to stay slow and could see some turn. We could see another low-scoring match in Delhi but dew could play a factor in the second innings.
KL Rahul is the second highest run-getter in this year’s IPL, so he must be in your side.
Chris Gayle has scored 352 runs at an average of 50.29 and strike rate of 155. He could be a good choice for captain.
Mayank Agarwal has scored 225 runs at a strike rate of 146.
Shreyas Iyer has 269 runs this season and has done well for his side.
Chris Morris has picked up 11 wickets in seven matches while Axar Patel has been effective with both bat and ball in this year’s IPL. Ravichandran Ashwin has 11 wickets as well.
Kagiso Rabada is the highest wicket-taker in this year’s IPL so far with 19 wickets from just nine matches. He is a good choice for vice-captain.
Murugan Ashwin has fewer wickets than R Ashwin but has been bowling effective spells while Mohammad Shami has done really well picking up 12 wickets from nine matches so far.