Delhi Capitals will take on Kings XI Punjab in match two of the 2020 Indian Premier League at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
Both these sides haven’t tasted much success in the IPL, with the Capitals yet to make it to a Final. They have, however, been pegged as a candidate to qualify for the playoffs this season by many experts and will look to carry on their excellent run from the previous season. The Capitals’ strong Indian top-order and lethal spin bowling attack make them a formidable opponent to face.
Punjab can take heart from the fact that the last time a part of the tournament was held in the UAE in 2014, it reached the final before losing out to Kolkata Knight Riders.
Capitals’ strong Indian top-order and lethal spin bowling attack make them a formidable opponent to face. They do have some concerns about their Indian pacers though. Mohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, and Harshal Patel don’t exactly inspire confidence, and it might lead them to play two overseas pacers, in Kagiso Rabada and Keemo Paul.
Delhi did have some injury concerns before the season and had to replace England stars Jason Roy and Chris Woakes, with Daniel Sams and Anrich Nortje respectively. Punjab hasn’t had injury problems in the lead up to the tournament, and the freshness and energy of their squad will a plus point heading into this season.
With a lot of factors at play and plenty of promising players in action, this should be an exciting watch.
Probable Playing XI
Delhi Capitals – Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Ajinkya Rahane, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Sandeep Lamichchane/ Keemo Paul, Kagiso Rabada, Mohit Sharma/Avesh Khan
Kings XI Punjab – KL Rahul (c & wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Glenn Maxwell, Mandeep Singh, K Gowtham, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Sheldon Cottrell.
Delhi Capitals are a highly touted side and rightly so considering their squad composition. The Punjab team look like they will get some time to get used to as they aim to get the right foreign players combination.
Prediction – Delhi Capitals to win