With the Indian Premier League 2020 heating up now and the points table wide open, every match is assured to be an entertaining one. The Tuesday encounter is scheduled to take place between the resurgent Kings Xl Punjab and table toppers Delhi Capitals at the Dubai International Stadium.
Kings Xl Punjab have made an assuring bounce back into the tournament by defeating the mighty Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Both the matches were high voltage encounters with the match against Mumbai Indians witnessing the first ever double super over.
The last time the two sides could not be separated in the 40 overs and a super over had to be played in order to find the better team. The coin fell in favor of KL Rahul and the captain chose to chase down the score. The DC were reduced for 13/3 in the first four overs, but the half-century of Marcus Stoinis combined with the thirties of skipper Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant meant DC managed to put a decent total of 157 on the board.
Kings Xl Punjab chase was led by opener Mayank Agarwal, who scored a brilliant 89, but found himself short of partners. The game was taken to a super over and the KXIP could manage only 2 runs against the masterclass of Kagiso Rabada. Delhi Capitals were not going to lose the match from there.
Both the Punjab and Delhi team will come into this match on the back of wins as KXIP had one of the best thrillers ever in the history of IPL, the match between KXIP and MI saw the first ever double super-over in the history of IPL. While Delhi Capitals had a wonderful 5- wicket win over CSK.
Match Toss Time: 17:30 Local (19:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 18:00 Local (19:30 IST)
Match Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
The conditions as expected are once again ideal for cricket. The temperatures are expected to be hovering in the early 30 degree mark. While the humidity is reported to be on the lower side- 50- 52% mark throughout the duration of the match.
The pitch in Dubai has been more friendly to the batsmen. Said that, the occasional odd bounce and spin has favored the slower bowlers. As seen in the last few matches any score of 170 plus by the team batting first seems to put the team chasing in trouble. As the match is scheduled to take place in the evening the due factor may come into play.
The KXIP have not reported any injuries and are likely to feature the same Xl that handed them wins over the RCB and MI. Though, Glenn Maxwell has not been contributing with the bat. The Australian has been doing a decent job with the ball. Given his potential and ability, the all-rounder is likely to keep his place in the playing Xl.
Delhi Capitals seem invincible at the moment and are comfortably placed at the top of the table with 14 points. With the team winning back to back matches and seldom tasting defeat, the management will not want to fiddle with the winning combination.
Probable Playing Xl
Kings Xl Punjab (KXIP): KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
Delhi Capitals (DC): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (c), Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Tushar Deshpande, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
KXIP vs DC Fantasy Team
KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi BIshnoi, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada
Captain Picks: KL Rahul (KXIP), Marcus Stoinis (DC)
Vice- Captain Picks: Shikhar Dhawan (DC), Chris Gayle (KXIP)
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