Delhi Capitals will face Kings XI Punjab in the thirteenth match of IPL today at IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali. Shikhar Dhawan is just one half-century away from his 50th IPL half-century and Shreyas Iyer is playing his 50th IPL match for Delhi Capitals. Just four other players played 50 IPL matches for Delhi Capitals.
Out of 22 head to head fixtures in IPL, Kings XI Punjab won 13 games and Delhi Capitals won 9 games. At Mohali, out of 6 games, KXIP won 5 games and Delhi Capitals won one game.
Delhi Capitals gained two points after Super Over with Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab won two points by winning over Mumbai Indians. Kings XI Punjab won their two games against Delhi Capitals in the previous season and secondly, the 16-ball 51 by KL Rahul in their first meeting at Mohali is one of the memorable occasions for KXIP to chase 167/6. In their second encounter at IS Bindra Stadium, KXIP succeeded to bowl out Delhi in the last moment to defend a total of 143 runs. The catch by Mujeeb Ur Rahman to pick Shreyas Iyer turned the result of the game to Punjab’s side.
Kings XI Punjab successfully chased the total of 177 runs by the contribution of the top order against Mumbai Indians. Chris Gayle showed his capability to cater to the needs of the team at any moment while KL Rahul struggled hard to return to the form. Chris Gayle and KL Rahul stitched a strong platform for the team’s win against Mumbai Indians.
Coming to the Delhi side, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant are expected to resume to their own style and score some crucial runs. Kagiso Rabada is the crucial bowler for the team who guided the side against Kolkata Knight Riders in the super over and Sandeep Lamicchane is another man with X-factor who is showing improvement in his bowling style day by day.
Delhi Capitals showed their control over the game against KKR when they were 61/5 at the beginning but due to bowling and fielding errors, KKR was able to hit 185/8 before super over. The Delhi team with young guns are determined to build some pace to keep on their confidence levels. Prithvi Shaw, who slammed 99 runs against KKR is another player to watch out for and there are many expectations about him to slam some crucial knocks.
Shreyas Iyer(captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamicchane, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram, Harshal Patel, Hanuma Vihari, Chris Morris, and Amit Mishra.
Kings XI Punjab
Ravichandran Ashwin(captain), Murugan Ashwin, KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraaz Khan, David Miller, Andrew Tye, and Mohammed Shami.