Kings XI Punjab is one of the few IPL franchises who always look good on paper prior to the start of the season, but somehow don’t manage to deliver the goods when it matters the most.
The Punjab team has always had some top players in their ranks, but they somehow lost the plot in most of the editions of the IPL, except on two occasions when they made it to the semis in the inaugural 2008 season and finished runners-up in 2014 after losing to KKR in the final.
It’s been five years since their runners-up finish in 2014 and they have yet to make it to the playoffs. KXIP is one of only three teams, along with RCB and Delhi Capitals, who are yet to lay their hands on the IPL trophy.
They are a team who the experts don’t really back to go all the way at the beginning of a season, but thanks to the fickle nature of T20 cricket, a string of good performances can turn their fortunes around
NEW CAPTAIN, NEW LUCK? Dashing India opener KL Rahul will lead the KXIP after Ravichandran Ashwin was traded for Delhi Capitals’ Jagadeesha Suchith last year. It will be interesting to see how Rahul goes about his captaincy duties, especially considering he is one of the key batsmen in the team
NEW RECRUITS LOOK GOOD – Punjab bought the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, James Neesham, Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi, Chris Jordan and young pacer Ishan Porel. Maxwell’s inclusion is sure to bolster their middle order. Cotrell and Neesham meanwhile will shore up their pace bowling attack.
CLICKING AS ONE UNIT – Their main weakness has been to come together and click as one unit. More often than not there have been standout individual performances. This time they need to change that.
DC vs KXIP Dream11 Team: Fantasy cricket predictions and tips for Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab
Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab: My Dream11 Team
Wicketkeeper: Rishabh Pant
Batsmen: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw
All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Ravichandran Ashwin
Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Krishnappa Gowtham
Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab: Probable Playing 11
Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (captain), Shimron Hetmyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Harshal Patel
Kings XI Punjab: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul (c and wk), Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Glenn Maxwell, Mandeep Singh, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi
Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab: Match details
The match will be played on September 20, 2020, Sunday. It will start at 7:30 PM IST at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.