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IPL 2020: Eyeing their first title, Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab aim for strong start

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KL Rahul will start a brand new innings as captain of Kings XI Punjab when his facet meets Delhi Capitals, who reached the play-offs within the earlier version of IPL.



It was an electrifying start to the Indian Premier League on Saturday as Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings registered their first victory in six makes an attempt in opposition to defending champions Mumbai Indians within the opening recreation. The three-time IPL champions secured a five-wicket victory over MI, because of notable contributions from teen Sam Curran and the skilled campaigners like Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plessis. The match additionally noticed MS Dhoni return to cricket motion after greater than a 12 months. The wicketkeeper-batsman continued to be within the document books, nevertheless, as he turned the first IPL captain to safe 100 wins with the victory within the opening recreation.

The consideration now turns to the second match of the league the place Shreyas Iyer’s Delhi Capitals tackle the Kings XI Punjab, led by KL Rahul who will assume the captaincy position for the first time within the league. Both are seen as future captaincy materials for the Indian cricket group within the limited-overs format, which provides to the flavour of the match-up between the 2 sides. It goes to be a battle of power-hitters as DC boasts of gamers like Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer and Marcus Stoinis amongst others, whereas KXIP has the likes of Rahul, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, and the newly-recruited Glenn Maxwell in their roster.

In addition, two greats can even pit their wits in opposition to one another within the background, with Ricky Ponting and Anil Kumble being head coaches of DC and KXIP respectively. Both, Ponting and Kumble are arguably two of the largest names in cricket and the dazzling array of expertise in each the groups would search to attract inspiration from their respective heavyweight coaches in their event opener.

Man-to-man, Delhi Capitals appear to have a slight edge, extra so within the spin division, with the trio of R Ashwin, Amit Mishra and Axar Patel streets forward of their counterparts from the Mohali-based facet. Ashwin will get pleasure from further focus on this recreation as he captained the Kings XI Punjab within the earlier version of the event and is more likely to lead the spin-bowling assault for DC this season.

Spin is anticipated to play a giant position on the UAE pitches.

On the batting entrance, the Capitals have top-of-the-line assortments of India internationals, comprising Shaw, Iyer, Pant, Dhawan, apart from West Indian Shimron Hetmyer. In this state of affairs, India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (strike-rate beneath 120), who was purchased from Rajathan Royals, could also be ignored.

For KXIP, Glenn Maxwell’s confidence should be sky excessive after his ODI series-winning century (108) in opposition to England in Manchester. He additionally had a memorable run the final time the IPL was held in UAE, albeit partially, in 2014 when he hammered 552 runs in 16 video games.

The KXIP have a harmful opening pairing in Gayle and Rahul with Mayank Agarwal to comply with. But it stays to be seen whether or not the 40-year-old Gayle will proceed to be a daily function on the high of the order this time round.

The Capitals could give you a shock by choosing Big Bash League’s highest wicket-taker Daniel Sams together with Kagiso Rabada, leaving out senior India pacer Ishant Sharma, who has had an underwhelming IPL over time. This is the place KXIP could have a slight edge, as India’s strike bowler throughout allt he three codecs, Mohammad Shami will spearhead the tempo division.

However, it’s within the slow-bowling division that the KXIP might face issues. They have no massive names following the departure of Ashwin. Mujeeb Zadran is the only established identify. Ashwin, however, wish to go away behind all of the discuss ‘Mankading’ and concentrate on the job at hand alongside Mishra, who’s the IPL’s second highest wicket-taker with 157 scalps.

History, although, favours KXIP who’ve gained 4 out of the final 5 matches but it surely was the Capitals who emerged victorious within the final match between the 2 sides within the 2019 season.

Squads:

Delhi Capitals Squad: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Harshal Patel, Mohit Sharma, Alex Carey, Avesh Khan, Tushar Deshpande, Anrich Nortje, Daniel Sams, Lalit Yadav, Keemo Paul

Kings XI Punjab Squad: Lokesh Rahul(w/c), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Mandeep Singh, James Neesham, Jagadeesha Suchith, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Chris Jordan, Karun Nair, Murugan Ashwin, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sheldon Cottrell, Hardus Viljoen, Ishan Porel, Sarfaraz Khan, Tajinder Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Arshdeep Singh, Simran Singh, Harpreet Brar, Ravi Bishnoi

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