Due to the presence of experienced spinners like Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra and Axar Patel, Delhi Capitals (DC) will have a heavy upper hand against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) going to happen on Sunday. Today (Sunday), this match will be played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The match will start at 7.30 pm Indian time.
KXIP vs DC: Data says this
So far, there have been 24 matches conducted between the two teams, of which Kings XI Punjab have won 14 matches, while Delhi won 10. Talking about the last five matches, the Punjab team has won four matches. Delhi team was strong in the last match between the two teams.
This will be the first match of the two teams, where a fierce rivalry can also be seen between their captains. Kings XI captain KL Rahul and Delhi Capitals’ Shreyas Iyer are being seen as future Indian captains. Not only this, the coaches of both teams have been world class players and in such a situation it will be interesting to see their strategy.
Kumble on one side and Ponting on the other side
If Kings XI Punjab players want to take inspiration from Anil Kumble, then the Delhi Capitals players will leave no stone unturned to field Ricky Ponting’s plans. There is no shortage of players who have hit big shots in both teams, but on the slow pitches of the UAE, the trio of Ashwin, Mishra and Axar may be overshadowed by the Punjab team.
On the batting front, Delhi Capitals have a good mix of Indian and international players. Which includes Prithvi Shaw, Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan and Shimron Hetmyer of West Indies. In this scenario, Indian Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (strike rate of less than 120) may not get a chance. The team bought him from Rajthan Royals.
Kings has Maxwell-Gayle
Kings XI has big shot playing players like Chris Gayle, Glenn Maxwell and Rahul himself. The confidence of Maxwell, who helped the team win by playing 108 runs in the third ODI against England, will be very high. He performed brilliantly when some matches of this tournament were played in UAE in 2014. Maxwell scored 552 runs in 16 matches that season. Kings XI has a dangerous opening pair in the form of Gayle and Rahul, followed by Mayank Agarwal.
Dhar Rabada of Delhi Capitals
The Delhi Capitals team could include Daniel Sams, the highest wicket-taker in the Big Bash League, along with Kagiso Rabada in the final 11. Which could lead to Ishant Sharma sitting out. Mohammed Shami will lead the fast bowling attack for Kings XI Punjab. While the spin department will be handled by Mujib Zadran of Afghanistan.
Ashwin would like to pair up with Mishra, leaving behind the ‘Mankding’ controversy in the previous season. Mishra has 157 wickets in the IPL and is second in the list of highest wicket-takers.