Kings XI Punjab will take on table-toppers Delhi Capitals in match number 38 of IPL 2020. Both teams have had had contrasting campaigns so far as DC sit comfortably on top with 14 points from nine matches while KXIP have managed only six points from their nine games.
Delhi are clearly the team to beat in the tournament and have gained in confidence with a close win against Chennai Super Kings. Delhi have won the last five of their six encounters. Delhi Capitals are just one win away from an all but assured spot in the playoffs.
Kings XI Punjab are on a run of two successive wins and they need to continue their momentum in order to qualify for the playoffs. The likes of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are brilliant with the bat, whereas Shami has been brilliant in the bowling department. This side will be a threatening side in this game.
Possible Starting Eleven:
KL Rahul (C&WK), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Krishnappa Gowtham/Murugan Ashwin and Arshdeep Singh.
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravi Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Tushar Deshpande.
Nicholas Pooran, Rishabh Pant, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Kagiso Rabada and Ravi Ashwin
The pitch in Dubai is great for batting when the ball is new. However, it gets challenging in the second innings.
Toss winning captian will like to follow the trend and will choose to bat first.
First inning score prediction:
The average first innings score at this venue in IPL 2020 is 176 runs.
Delhi Capitals: 55%
KingsXI Punjab: 45%
Bet365: DC- 1.80, KXIP- 2.00
Betway: DC- 1.77, KXIP- 2.00