Cricket match date: 20th April 2019
Cricket match time: 8:00 pm IST
Cricket match location: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2019
Team A: DC
Team B: KXIP
Team A Captain: Shreyas Iyer
Team B Captain: Ravichandran Ashwin
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Cricket Match Preview:
Two teams, similar stories. Delhi Capitals (DC) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) are more similar than different considering the last 10 years of the IPL. Both the teams have had rough years behind them, no IPL titles to show for it and made many changes to their squad over the years. But finally, the year 2019 has proven to be the breakthrough year for both these sides.
Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab are both into the top four teams right now and are looking very good to reach the playoff spot this year. As of now, Delhi Capitals are at number two spot with five wins out of eight cricket games and Kings XI Punjab are at number four position with five wins out of nine cricket games.
Delhi Capitals, led by young Shreyas Iyer, have been arguably the most exciting cricket team to watch this year. While on batting front they have Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, along with overseas stars like Colin Munro and Colin Ingram. On the bowling front, they have South African superstar Kagiso Rabada and all-rounder Chris Morris, who have carried the bowling attack admirably.
Kings XI Punjab have been brilliant to watch as well. They have two superstars batting at the top of the order in the names of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle. While their middle order has not been extraordinary, they have done their job so far for the team. But the most special aspect of their campaign so far has been their skipper Ravichandran Ashwin, who has singlehandedly kept them in the competition so far.
Ashwin has led from the front through his bowling as well as batting in the last cricket game. It began with the controversial run-out of Rajasthan’s Jos Butler, which helped KXIP win that game of cricket. Since then, KXIP have been particularly good in their home condition where they have managed to win most of their cricket games this season.
Delhi Capitals’ Achilles heels have been their home ground Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, where they haven’t won many games of cricket. They have been good in away cricket games where the pitch has been true but struggled in Delhi where the bounce has been low, and nature has been slow. It is going to be an exciting game of cricket between these two sides, by the end of which one of these two will be a step closer to a playoff spot.
Cricket Match Information:
Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab will take on each other for the second time in this year’s IPL 2019. Both the teams have had a very good time so far in the IPL and would like to stay in the top four on the points table.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
DC are being led by young batsman Shreyas Iyer. They are at number two spot on the points table and would like to strengthen their position. Our prediction is of the same lineup that played the last cricket game.
Here is our prediction of DC’s playing XI:
- Shreyas Iyer
- Rishabh Pant
- Shikhar Dhawan
- Colin Munro
- Prithvi Shaw
- Chris Morris
- Hanuma Vihari
- Axar Patel
- Ishant Sharma
- R Tewatia
- Kagiso Rabada
Kings XI Punjab:
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
KXIP are being led by Ravichandran Ashwin for the second year in a row. They are in the top four position right now and would like to maintain that spot. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played the last cricket game.
Here is our prediction of KXIP’s playing XI:
- KL Rahul
- Chris Gayle
- Andrew Tye
- Ravichandran Ashwin
- Mohammad Sami
- Mayank Agarwal
- GC Viljoen
- Ankit Rajpoot
- Mujeeb ur Rahman
- Mandeep Singh
- David Miller
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
KL Rahul has been a bit subdued but consistent this year. While last year was breathtaking to watch, this year has been all about maturity from him. Our prediction is of another good score from him.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The pitch in Delhi has not been great for batting. Our prediction is of a score of around 160 runs this time around. Conditions are expected to be hot and dry.
DC will begin this game of cricket as slight favourites. They have a better bowling lineup and their batting has more firepower than KXIP at the moment. Hence, our prediction is of DC’s victory in this cricket game.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
KL Rahul (KXIP) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Kagiso Rabada (DC) -2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
KL Rahul (KXIP)
Delhi Capitals – 1.86
Kings XI Punjab – 1.86
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