On head to headcount at the Kotla, Punjab and Delhi are bolted on five triumphs each from 10 matches.
To the extent their general execution is concerned, the Delhi Capitals (DC) haven’t frustrated. In any case, yesterday’s huge thrashing by 40 keeps running against the Mumbai Indians (MI) wouldn’t do their certainty a mess of good using any and all means. On a troublesome strip to bat at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi, excepting southpaw Shikhar Dhawan, no other batsman couldn’t indicate obstruction and fell like a pack of cards.
Their next experience is planned tomorrow against Ravichandran Ashwin’s Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the second of tomorrow’s doubleheader at home itself. Punjab, then again, is fit as a fiddle after their triumph against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Punjab. Triumph for either group would push them higher in the focuses table and above all, make them one stride more like a compartment in the playoffs.
It hasn’t been as hot in Delhi as is expected in April. The temperature is expected to hover around mid-20s. Dew should play a part in the second innings but another low-scorer is expected to be on the cards.
Given how the Kotla track has happened, there are sufficient motivations to play Sandeep Lamichhane. It could influence the group balance a bit, yet both of Chris Morris or Keemo Paul would need to sit out to oblige the youthful leggie. There could additionally be an instance of bringing back Colin Ingram instead of Colin Munro, who battles on slower pitches, much like how he did against Mumbai Indians.
ExpectedXI:- S.Dhawan, P.Shaw, S.Iyer(c), R.Pant(wk), C.Ingram, C.Morris, A.Patel, K.Rabada, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, S.Lamichanne
Kings XI Punjab
There have been a few flighty changes they have made through the course of the competition, and now with injury worries for Mujeeb ur Rahman, Moises Henriques and Varun Chakravorthy, their alternatives have just been restricted further.
ExpectedXI:- Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair/Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, R Ashwin (c), M Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Mohammed Shami
Chris Gayle ( Kings XI Punjab ) , Shikhar Dhawan ( Delhi Capitals )