Delhi Capitals (DC) have shown that they aren’t comfortable playing at home in the Indian Premier League 2019 season. They have won only one of their four home games so far, that too via a Super Over. However, there is so much at stake for them when they host the high-flying Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Delhi for IPL 2019 match #37 on Saturday.
The hosts are placed third in the standings with ten points from nine games, while KXIP are on the same points, but with an inferior NRR. As the tournament moves to the business end, both sides would be gunning for three points in this match.
Delhi have been unpredictable this season, but Shikhar Dhawan has looked more fluent as the tournament progressed. Prithvi Shaw’s poor numbers and Rishabh Pant’s inconsistency remain a bone of contention.
The pitches in Kotla haven’t helped their seamers – Kagiso Rabada and Ishant Sharma being their best. Colin Ingram, the new dad, is also back and could slot back in the middle-order.
Punjab are just behind Delhi on the points table, but aren’t the happiest travellers this season. They have lost on three of their four trips this season, but should fancy their chances at Kotla.
The success of Ravichandran Ashwin and Murugan Ashwin could spur their chances on this slow track. With the bat, it has largely been their openers KL Rahul and Chris Gayle scoring the runs. The middle-order will be in focus as KXIP look to turn the tables on their poor away form.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Ravichandran Ashwin has been the unsung hero for KXIP. Not just for his bowling skills (11 wickets, ER 7.44), but also for his captaincy skills. Have him in your fantasy side, already!
KL Rahul has added consistency to his game and has 387 runs @ a SR of 127.72 this season. Half of his runs have come in boundaries, so he is another good pick for your side.
Amit Mishra became just the second bowler and the first Indian to take 150 IPL wickets. The leg-spinner can be a tricky bowler on spinning tracks.
DC: 1 Shikhar Dhawan 2 Prithvi Shaw 3 Shreyas Iyer (C) 4 Rishabh Pant (WK) 5 Colin Ingram 6 Chris Morris 7 Axar Patel 8 Kagiso Rabada 9 Amit Mishra 10 Sandeep Lamichhane 11 Ishant Sharma
KXIP: 1 Chris Gayle 2 KL Rahul (WK) 3 Mayank Agarwal 4 Karun Nair 5 Sarfaraz Khan 6 Mandeep Singh 7 Sam Curran 8 Ravichandran Ashwin (C) 9 Murugan Ashwin 10 Mohammed Shami 11 Hardus Viljoen
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