IPL 2018, Match 37, DC vs KXIP: Match preview, stats, head to head, likely XIs

After three wins in a row, Delhi Capitals were beaten by 40 runs by Mumbai Indians at the Kotla on Thursday and 48 hours later they are back at the venue to try and stop Kings XI Punjab who are level on points and one spot behind them on the IPL 2019 points table.

Game 37 of IPL 12 pits the two teams against each other on Saturday, with both looking to move up the ladder.

Punjab’s fortunes have oscillated between the sublime and the mediocre. They have not progressed beyond two wins in a row, and have lost three of their last five matches.

The last time these two teams met, Delhi lost seven wickets for eight runs with Sam Curran taking a hat-trick.

What: Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab

When: April 20, 2019 (Saturday)

Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla

Time: 8:00pm (IST)

Weather: Mostly sunny with a high of 34 degrees

DELHI vs PUNJAB MATCH SCORECARD

Team News

Delhi Capitals

On a slow and low Kotla surface, Delhi’s spinners bowled well against Mumbai but their batsmen failed spectacularly when chasing 169. They should persist with Axar Patel and Amit Mishra – who became the first Indian to take 150 wickets in the IPL – and perhaps drop one of Chris Morris or Keemo Paul to accommodate the Nepal legspinner, Sandeep Lamichhane. Shreyas Iyer was concerned about Delhi’s death-overs bowling, so it could be there are changes.

Another failure for Prithvi Shaw – one of the flops of IPL this season – could see his India Under-19 team-mate Manjot Kalra get a chance.

Likely XI: 1 Prithvi Shaw/Manjot Kalra, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Colin Munro, 4 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Axar Patel, 7 Chris Morris, 8 Keemo Paul/Sandeep Lamichhane, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Amit Mishra

IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Kings XI Punjab

Mujeeb Ur Rahman should keep his spot given the conditions at the Kotla.

Likely XI: 1 KL Rahul, 2 Chris Gayle, 3 Mayank Agarwal, 4 David Miller, 5 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 6 Mandeep Singh, 7 R Ashwin (capt), 8 Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 M Ashwin, 11 Arshdeep Singh

Head to Head

Overall: 23

KXIP won: 14

Delhi won: 9

Stats

Kagiso Rabada is the leading wicket-taker of IPL 2019 with 19 wickets.

KL Rahul is the second-highest run-getter of the season with 387 runs.

Prediction

With a stronger batting unit and a smart captain in R Ashwin, it is KXIP who hold the edge.