IPL 2020 Match 2 Preview: DC vs KXIP - Delhi look more settled than Punjab as both teams try to find their feet
As Delhi Capitals' head coach Ricky Ponting has revealed, Delhi will not use Marcus Stoinis particularly as a finisher but more as a floater in the batting order.
With the quarantine regulations relaxed for IPL players, both Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab will have all their overseas players available to take part in the first match of the season.
Glenn Maxwell will be available for Kings XI Punjab and will be slot straight into the middle order. Kings XI Punjab's Chris Jordan and Delhi Capitals' Alex Carey will also be available.
Delhi, a settled unit
Kings XI Punjab couldn't improve upon their existing record in the IPL and failed to bag a playoff spot in IPL 2019. The team finished at the 6th place with 6 wins and 8 losses from 14 matches.
Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, finally shrug off their indifferent from over the last few years and finished at the third spot in the points table with 9 wins and 5 losses from 14 matches. Unfortunately for them, the team suffered a defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator.
Under the captaincy of the young and talented Shreyas Iyer and the stewardship of the dynamic Ricky Ponting, Delhi capitals have put together an impressive squad, which will make for a strong playing XI.
No room for Rahane
With Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan set to open the batting for Delhi, there is no room for the experienced Ajinkya Rahane, who might be penciled in as a backup opener for the team. Shimron Hetmyer will be a force in the middle order with India players Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant on either side of him.
Stoinis to be used as a floater
As Delhi Capitals' head coach Ricky Ponting has revealed, Delhi will not use Marcus Stoinis particularly as a finisher but more as a floater in the batting order. Delhi Capitals' bowling line-up will comprise Kagiso Rabada, Keemo Paul, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma and all-rounder Axar Patel.
Gayle ahead of Pooran for KXIP
The biggest question for Kings XI Punjab will be to decide between Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran as both don't seem to be fitting into the playing XI together. It is expected that Gayle will be in the starting XI of Punjab and will walk out with KL Rahul to open the batting. However, if he does not perform in a few games, the team may then look towards Nicholas Pooran and promote Mayank Agrawal to open the batting.
Playing Pooran ahead of Glenn Maxwell could have been an option but the explosive ton that Maxwell struck in the 3rd ODI between England and Australia has put him well clear. Mandeep Singh and Sarfaraz Khan are the other middle order batsmen for KXIP.
Mujeeb and Shami to lead Punjab's attack
All-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham will assist Mujeeb Ur Rahman in Punjab's spin department while Chris Jordan, Mohammed Shami and Ishan Porel are expected to form their pace battery.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) - KL Rahul (c & wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Glenn Maxwell, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sheldon Cottrell/Chris Jordan, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ishan Porel.
Delhi Capitals (DC) - Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant(wk), Marcus Stoinis, Keemo Paul, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada.
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