In their previous meeting, the Capitals brushed aside KXIP in a Super Over thriller.
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) managed to give themselves some breathing space, beating the Mumbai Indians (MI) in a thrilling Super Over affair in the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL). However, KL Rahul and Co still have work do as they are placed sixth in the points table.
From their next five games, KXIP need a minimum of three wins to have any chance of getting into the top four. They will next be facing the Delhi Capitals (DC) on Tuesday, October 20 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The last time when the teams met, the Capitals came out trumps in the one-over eliminator.
For the time being, Shreyas Iyer’s DC are on a rampage, being the table-toppers with seven victories from nine matches. Another victory would virtually seal them a berth in the playoffs.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Dubai has been an excellent one for batting and run-making hasn’t been all that tough by any means. But the fast bowlers and spinners have also performed to expectations thus far.
The temperature will be around the 31 degrees Celsius mark with the humidity in the mid-40s. Teams batting first have tasted quite a bit of success and hence, chasing can be avoided by the sides.
Playing Combinations for KXIP vs DC
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul (C & WK), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin/Krishnappa Gowtham, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane/Shimron Hetmyer, Shreyas Iyer (C), Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk)/Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Ravi Ashwin, Tushar Deshpande, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
Probable Top Performers for KXIP vs DC
KL Rahul– Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul has been in riveting form in the ongoing edition of the T20 tournament. The right-hander has scored over 500 runs and also notched a match-winning half-century against the Capitals.
In fact, he had scores of 74, 61*, and 77 in the last three games. In his previous game versus DC, he managed only 21 runs. But keeping in mind hid current form, he can turn out to be a brute force.
Kagiso Rabada– Delhi Capitals
Kagiso Rabada has the Purple Cap with 19 wickets from nine games and he is most likely to end as the leading wicket-taker as well. He bowls at an economy rate of 7.68, but it’s because he bowls in the powerplay and at the death when the batters try to go for the big shots.
The last time the South African pacer played against DC, he pinned the dangerous Glenn Maxwell and Krishnappa Gowtham.
KXIP vs DC Head to Head
Played- 25 |KXIP won- 14 | DC won- 11 | N/R- 0
At neutral venues (outside India)
Played- 3 | KXIP won- 1 | DC won- 2 | N/R- 0
Average first innings score: 175 (16 matches in IPL 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 4 | Lost- 12
Match timings – 06:00 PM local time, 07:30 PM IST
TV – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Select, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD, and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi.
Live Streaming – The match can be streamed online on Disney + Hotstar VIP.