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Both teams have five wins from their respective nine matches

VIVO IPL 2019 Match 37: Delhi Capitals v Kings XI Punjab

What

The Delhi Capitals will come up against Kings XI Punjab in Match 37 of VIVO IPL 2019. Both teams have five wins from their respective nine matches, though the Delhi Capitals are ranked one place higher because of a superior net run rate.

Despite their relatively good positions in the eight-team table, at the macro level there are things both teams could get better at. The Delhi Capitals need to figure out how to win at home; they’ve struggled to cope with the conditions and have ended up on the wrong side of the result in three of their four home matches. It becomes important for DC to have some success at home because they play three of their remaining five matches at home.

KXIP need to learn to stitch a series of wins. They’ve blown hot and cold and have not managed to win more than two matches on the bounce. A series of wins at this stage will also give them momentum as they build towards the next phase of the competition.

The Delhi Capitals have problems on the personal front too. Prithvi Shaw has gone off the boil completely since his 99 against the Kolkata Knight Riders; the 19-year old has scored 77 runs in his last six hits. No matter how talented, a team management can only back a player for that long; the Delhi Capitals owners and management must be getting frustrated with the lack of returns from the young opener. The Delhi Capitals could also use their resources better; given the slowness of the surface they could consider boosting their spin attack and possibly include the Nepalese leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane in the XI.

When

20 April 2019, 8pm IST

Where

Feroze Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi

Previous Match XIs:

Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Chris Morris, Keemo Paul, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma.

Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, R Ashwin, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami.

Protagonists

If the pitch continues to behave the way it has so far, then both teams will rely on their openers to go hard when the ball is new. Shikhar Dhawan began aggressively in the previous match against MI, and the Delhi Capitals will want him to take toll of the new ball yet again. Shreyas Iyer is the one other batsman in the DC line-up who has the nous and the temperament to score runs on slow surfaces.

KL Rahul, Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal are Kings XI Punjab’s top three run-getters this season. Among them, Rahul and Agarwal know better how to score runs on slow surfaces. Rahul has been dismissed by a spinner only once this season, and therefore has an average of 122 against them, while Agarwal, despite being dismissed six times, has scored against them at a strike-rate of 162.50.

On the bowling front, expect to see the majority of the overs bowled by the spinners. Both teams are packed with quality; if the Delhi Capitals boast of Amit Mishra, Axar Patel and (possibly) Sandeep Lamichhane, then Kings XI Punjab have the two Ashwins (Ravichandran and Murugan) and Mujeeb ur Rahman in their line-up. How much damage the tweakers cause, and how many runs are scored off them will have a telling impact on their respective team’s fortunes.

Head to Head in Indian Premier League

Overall: Matches – 23, Delhi Capitals – 9, Kings XI Punjab – 14.

Since 2017: Matches – 5, Delhi Capitals – 1, Kings XI Punjab – 4.

Sam Curran’s hat-trick made headlines when these two teams met in Mohali earlier this season. The Delhi Captains, after winning the toss, did extremely well to restrict the hosts Kings XI Punjab to 166-9. In the second half the Delhi Capitals were well in control of the chase at 144-3 when Rishabh Pant gave the hosts the opening they were looking for. Sam Curran then ran through the middle and lower order, picking up 4 for 11 to dismiss the visitors for 152. KXIP won by 14 runs.

 Curran’s hat-trick 

Trivia

Kings XI Punjab have more wins against the Delhi Capitals than against any other IPL opponent.

The teams that have won the toss have gone on to win the match in 5 of the last 7 IPL matches played at the Feroze Shah Kotla Ground.

The Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin has won only 3 tosses in 9 matches in VIVO IPL 2019.

The Delhi Capitals are the only team to not post a 50-run opening partnership this season.

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