Two teams with a similar record in the Indian Premier League season 12 will be on view in Mohali on Monday. Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals have four points from their first three matches (W2, L1).
It is advantage Kings XI at this venue, as they have won five of the six matches played here. In addition, they have won the last three H2H matches and eight of the last 12.
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It has been a mixed bag so far for the Kings Xi, who started their home stretch with an eight-wicket win over Mumbai. KL Rahul’s return to form and Chris Gayle’s aggressive starts make them a tough side to face.
Ravichandran Ashwin hasn’t, however, got his selections right as mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman remains out of the side. Andrew Tye and Hardus Viljoen haven’t impressed so far, which puts their place under question.
Delhi rode on Prithvi Shaw’s excellent knock (99 off 55) and Kagiso Rabada’s heroics in the Super Over to defeat KKR. With Shreyas Iyer also picking up form, Delhi will hope to continue their winning momentum.
What will keep the DC camp happy is the spell of Sandeep Lamichhane (1/29) against KKR. His battle with Gayle could determine DC’s chances in this match. The return of Chris Morris has also worked to the benefit of the Capitals.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Chris Gayle is one of the toughest batsmen to bowl at, in the power plays. His 139 runs so far have come at a SR of 165.48 with ten sixes. Time to strap your belts!
Prithvi Shaw has hit 99 in the last match and his 130 runs so far have come at a SR of 168.83. With his range of strokes, he makes it tough for the opponent bowlers to keep him quiet.
Rishabh Pant had an off day in his last match but has been striking at 207.27 this season. Eight sixes from his bat in two matches show his penchant for the big shots.
Kings XI: 1 Chris Gayle 2 KL Rahul (WK) 3 Mayank Agarwal 4 David Miller 5 Sarfaraz Khan 6 Mandeep Singh 7 Ravichandran Ashwin (C) 8 Murugan Ashwin 9 Mohammed Shami 10 Andrew Tye 11 Mujeeb Ur Rahman
DC: 1 Prithvi Shaw 2 Shikhar Dhawan 3 Shreyas Iyer (C) 4 Rishabh Pant 5 Colin Ingram 6 Hanuma Vihari 7 Chris Morris 8 Sandeep Lamichhane 9 Rahul Tewatia 10 Kagiso Rabada 11 Amit Mishra
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