After an entertaining season opener of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Delhi Capitals (DC) will lock horns against the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) during the second game. The home team DC will host the match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on September 20 (Sunday).
Both the teams look quite balanced before the start of the tournament. Even some of the cricket experts and pundits are picking these two teams to go through the top four in IPL 2020. The two North India giants have various similarities amongst them too.
This season could be the first title for both of them; Delhi and Punjab have young, Indian middle-order batsmen as their captains; and with Ricky Ponting and Anil Kumble respectively, both DC and KXIP have an intelligent think-tank in the dugout.
DC vs KXIP: Head-to-Head
Total matches played: 24
DC won: 10
KXIP won: 14
DC vs KXIP: Possible XIs
Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinjkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Rishabh Pant (Wicket-Keeper), Marcus Stoinis/Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Harshal Patel/Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (Captain and Wicket-Keeper), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Glenn Maxwell, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Sheldon Cottrell/Chris Jordan, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
DC vs KXIP: Players to watch out for
Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul, Glenn Maxwell, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
DC vs KXIP: Match Prediction
Ahead of the DC-KXIP clash, Delhi’s lead pacer Ishant Sharma injured himself while practising in the nets. The Delhi-based franchise has good like-for-like alternatives in the form of Harshal Patel and Mohit Sharma. Despite an injury vow, the Capitals will start as the favourites, while keeping the last year’s performances of the two.