Our Prediction is Kings XI Punjab to Win the match!
Hosts Delhi Capitals will take on Kings XI Punjab in the 37th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Delhi on Saturday.
In the previous meeting between the two sides, Kings XI Punjab managed to beat Delhi Capitals in a played at IS Bindra Cricket Stadium in Mohali.
Going into the match, Delhi Capitals have 10 points to their name in 9 matches. In their previous, Delhi suffered a demoralizing 40-run defeat against Mumbai Indians and will be looking to make a strong comeback in the next game.
On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab is currently lying fourth in the league table with 10 points to their name. Captain Ravichandran Ashwin will be hoping that side can deliver a clinical performance against Delhi Capitals.
With so much at stake, Delhi Capitals will be depending on in-form opener Shikhar Dhawan to continue leading the way for the team. He is currently leading the batting charts for Delhi Capitals with 291 runs at an average of 36.37. In the previous game, he got the side off to a brisk start and scored 35 off 22 balls with the help of five fours and a six. Apart from him, rookie opener Prithvi Shaw will under focus as well, who has gone through a lean run in the last couple of games. He will need to produce a notable score for the side in this game.
Captain Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant are most experienced players for the side in the batting lineup. The duo perished for low scores to see Delhi Capitals lose their previous game against Mumbai Indians. Delhi will be hoping that Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant can put in a good performance against Kings XI Punjab.
Colin Munro also failed to make an impression with the bat after replacing Colin Ingram in the playing XI. Explosive player will be keen to spend time at the crease in order to find form with the bat.Chris Morris and Axar Patel have chipped in with crucial performances for the side with bat and ball. The duo certainly needs to contribute for the side with the bat in this game.
In the bowling department, South African pacer Kagiso Rabada is leading the attack after managing to claim 19 wickets in the tournament in 9 matches so far with an average of 14.57. He is being well supported by pace bowler Chris Morris, who has claimed 11 wickets so far. The spin duo of Amit Mishra and Axar Patel bowled well and conceded less than five runs an over in the previous game played against Mumbai Indians.
Shreyas Iyer (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Colin Munro, Axar Patel, Chris Morris, Kemo Paul, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra.
Colin Ingram, Sandeep Lamichhane, Shreyas Iyer, Amit Mishra, Sherfane Rutherford, Prithvi Shaw, Kagiso Rabada, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma
Unlike the previous editions of the IPL, Kings XI Punjab have got off to a good start and have secured five wins out of nine games played so far in the competition. In their previous game, Kings XI registered narrow 12-run win over Rajasthan Royals in Mohali on Tuesday.
For Kings XI, the batting department has been their strength so far with the likes of Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal continuously contributing for the team.
The opening pair of Lokesh Rahul and Chris Gayle have produced phenomenal numbers with the bat so far this season. Rahul is currently franchise’s leading run-scorer with 387 runs in 9 matches at an average of 64.50. His opening partner Chris Gayle is not far behind and has scored 352 runs in 8 matches at an average of 50.28.
Rahul and Gayle once again delivered runs with the bat in the previous game played against Rajasthan Royals. Rahul scored a splendid half-century and anchored the innings for Kings XI Punjab. He scored 52 runs off 47 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes. Mayank Agarwal and David Miller also contributed with decent scores to see Kings XI post a competitive score in the previous game.
On the bowling front, Captain Ravichandran Ashwin has led from the front and claimed 11 wickets in nine matches so far this season. He was the pick of the bowlers for Kings XI in the previous game played against Rajasthan Royals. The likes of Mohammad Shami and Sam Curran are also helping the team by picking up crucial wickets at regular interval.
Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, David Miller, Nicholas Pooran, Mohammad Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Hardus Viljoen, Chris Gayle, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Lokesh Rahul, M Singh, Harpreet Brar, David Miller, Murugan Ashwin, Mayank Agarwal, Sam Curran
The wicket prepared for the game will be decent for batting. The spinners will definitely get help from the surface in Feroz Shah Kotla. The weather forecast for the game on Saturday will be bright and sunny.
Feroz Shah Kotla has not been happy hunting for Delhi Capitals so far in this year’s competition. The side has lost three games out of four games played at this venue. Delhi Capitals will be keen to make amends for their poor record at home.
The side that wins the toss would be keen to bowl first and restrict the opposing team to a modest total. Feroz Shah Kotla will definitely see spinners dominate the proceedings in this game as well. The average score at the venue is around 140 to 150 runs.
Despite losing their previous game at home, Delhi Capitals will be keen to make strong comeback against Kings XI Punjab. The side has quality players like Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada and Rishabh Pant, who certainly take the game from the opposition in a space of few overs.
Expect Delhi Capitals to upstage Kings XI Punjab in this contest.
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