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IPL: Can Kings XI halt Delhi Capitals' charge?

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Harish Kotian
October 19, 2020 17:25 IST
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Chris Gayle

IMAGE: Kings XI Punjab's Chris Gayle celebrating winning the match against Mumbai Indians, in Dubai, on Sunday. Photograph: BCCI/IPL

The nail-biting win over defending champions Mumbai Indians was certainly a morale-lifter but the inconsistent Kings XI Punjab have another tough battle at hand when they take on table toppers Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League, in Dubai, on Tuesday.

 

Having lost two tight games they should have won at the start of the season, Kings XI have managed to get on the right side of the results in the last couple of games, although it was too close for comfort by their own admission.

Needing seven off the last two overs with nine wickets in hand, they should have wrapped the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore much before the last ball and even in the IPL's first double Super Over against Mumbai Indians on Sunday night, the K L Rahul-led side could have closed it out in regulation time but struggled at the end.

The bowling in the death overs and the form of Australian star batsman Glenn Maxwell in a shaky middle-order remain a concern for a team that needs to win its remaining five games to stay in the hunt for the play-offs.

IMAGE: Kings XI Punjab will look to continue their recent good run, having won their last two games against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians. Photograph: BCCI/IPL

The fact that Kings XI have struggled this season despite having tournament's top two run-getters in openers Rahul (525) and Mayank Agarwal (393) best sums up their erratic run.

On a positive note, the successful return of Chris Gayle has reduced the burden on the shoulders of the star openers, especially allowing Rahul to play more freely.

Nicholas Pooran has shown his prowess with the bat time and again but is yet to play a match-winning knock and the pressure is increasing on Maxwell the batsman, who is proving to be more useful as a spinner operating in the Powerplay.

However, the team is likely to stick to him in the game against Delhi Capitals.

Delhi are clearly the team to beat in the tournament and have gained in confidence with a close win against Chennai Super Kings on Saturday night.

Shikhar Dhawan

IMAGE: Shikhar Dhawan celebrates after completing his century against Chennai Super Kings. Photograph: BCCI/IPL

While Prithvi Shaw will looking to be back among the runs after a couple of ducks, his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan elevating his game bodes well for the team that has won seven out of the nine matches it has played.

Axar Patel has shown his utility not just with the ball but also with the bat. His three sixes off Ravindra Jadeja in the final over helped Delhi edge past Chennai Super Kings in a thrilling finish.

With an envious bowling line-up, Delhi have shown they can defend even below-par totals. Playing in the absence of an injured Rishabh Pant, time is running out for Ajinkya Rahane to make an impact.

The match went into a Super Over last time the two teams met and more than Delhi, Kings XI will be hoping that it doesn't come to that again.

Squads:

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

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

Match starts at 7.30pm IST.

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