In-form Punjab and Delhi clash at Mohali
Our prediction is Delhi Capitals will Win the Match!
All the teams are looking to find the best team possible team combination as soon as possible. Kings XI Punjab come here after a strong performance against the Mumbai Indians. They chased down the total of 177 runs with ease winning by 8 wickets. Lokesh Rahul struggled and played the anchor`s role before hitting some vital boundaries towards the end of the chase.
Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle played quick fire knocks of 40+ runs which helped the team to chase without worrying about the required rate. Murugan Ashwin came as welcome addition to their squad last match bowling beautifully in the middle overs. Hardus Viljoin and Andrew Tye were very good with their variations and slower balls.
Delhi team on the other hand won the match in a thrilling super over. Nevertheless, they should have won the game with eae when 18 runs were required of the last three overs. Prithvi Shaw was the star performer who scored 99 runs off just 55 balls to help his team chase down 186 runs. Skipper Shreyas Iyer provided good support with his 43 runs.
Their bowlers started the match in excellent fashion restricting KKR to 61/5 inside 10 overs. Addition of Harshal Patel, Chris Morris and Sandeep Lamichchame seemed make their playing XI more effective in the bowling department. Every bowler had his name in the wickets column last match. But they were blown away by an excellent counter attacking 95 run partnership between Russell and Dinesh Karthik. Kagiso Rabada showed his class in the super over nailing pin-point accurate Yorkers to Russell.
Mayank Agarwal – Agarwal played an excellent knock of 43 runs in 21 balls which helped his team chase down the target with ease. Mayank is an exceptional player whi can score easily with proper cricketing shots all around the park.
Murugan Ashwin – Murugan Ashwin created good pressure in the middle overs by not letting the batsmen free their arms with immaculate line and lengths. He returned with match figures of 2/25 in his 4 overs.
Stats from the season:
Chris Gayle -139 runs, Strike rate – 165, HS- 79, 50s- 1
Hardus Viljoin – 3 wickets, Economy -9.5 RPO, BB -2/40
Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul(Wk), Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Hardus Viljoin, Andrew Tye, Mandeep Singh.
Sarfaraz Khan, Hardus Viljoen, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Lokesh Rahul, M Singh, David Miller, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Murugan Ashwin, Mayank Agarwal, Sam Curran
Prithvi Shaw – Prithvi Shaw missed out on becoming the youngest player to score a century in the IPL history. Prithvi shaw is an exciting young talent to watch out for in this year`s IPL.
Sandeep Lamichchame – He opened the bowling in the powerplay and bowled beautifully to contain the batsmen. He had figures of 2-0-7-1 in the powerplay in his first two over spell.
Stats from the season:
Prithvi Shaw -130 runs, Strike rate – 169, HS- 99, 50s- 1
Kagiso Rabada -4 wickets, Economy -7.7 RPO, BB -2/23
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Hanuma Vihari/Axar Patel, Chris Morris, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Harshal Patel, Amit Mishra.
Colin Ingram, Shreyas Iyer, Sandeep Lamichhane, H Vihari, Avesh Khan, Chris Morris, Prithvi Shaw, Kagiso Rabada, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Harshal Patel
Mohali Pitch has good bounce and carry and it is known to aid batsmen. The batsmen will might it easier to score runs and average score in this pitch is around 170-180 runs. The batting becomes slightly easier in the second innings due to dew factor in night matches. Match day has bright sunny day climate with no chances of rain.
In this season only twice out of 10 times has the captain winning toss chose to bat first. And chasing teams have won 60% of the matches played so far. Both captains will look to chase down the target set by the opposition.
Both teams batsmen have been looking in good touch and are scoring runs consistently. But, KXIP depends on only 5 bowlers to complete their quota 5 overs. Delhi had an edge over Punjab in bowling and so we expect them to come out victorious.
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