IPL 2019, Match 37: Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab- Match Prediction
If the last home game is any indication then Delhi Capitals will have their work cut out when they meet the Kings XI Punjab in the 37th match of Vivo IPL 12 later today. Delhi Capitals have gone through a topsy turvy season thus far after winning 5 from 9 matches. Considering DC have been one of the perennial underachievers of the tournament, it will be a difficult task for them to get their campaign back on track after a relatively below-par performance against the Mumbai Indians.
The opening duo of Chris Gayle and KL Rahul has made a great difference for Punjab in the tournament so far. Yet again KL Rahul is on the list for the highest run scorers in the tournament despite having a poor start when the tournament began. There is no doubt about the fact that Kagiso Rabada has been the X factor for DC in the tournament so far.
However, apart from some exceptional individual performances, DC has failed to click as a unit which will definitely be a major stress for them going into the business end of the tournament. The bowling department of KXIP has been led quite brilliantly by the skipper Ravichandran Ashwin. Not only has been defended runs but has also taken wickets at crucial junctures of the game.
For Delhi Capitals, it will be another opportunity to get their campaign back on track. They have played some good cricket in the last few days so far but will definitely look to click as a unit. Rishabh Pant who narrowly missed out on a World Cup berth will look to prove a point or two and will look to convert his starts into big ones. Apart from the amazing 78 of 27 deliveries against the Mumbai Indians, Pant has failed to deliver in crunch situations and has not managed to finish off games which DC should have won at a canter.
The middle order for Kings XI Punjab has been a worrying factor for them. The opening duo has looked in great touch. Mayank Agarwal has also looked in tremendous touch at No 3 and will look to make a difference against the Capitals. It will be an interesting battle when the two teams look to seal their 6th victory of the tournament.
Date and Venue:
The match will be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla In New Delhi on 20th April 2019 later today.
There is no doubt that we can expect another sluggish track at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Teams winnings the toss will definitely have an affinity towards batting. In the previous clash, Mumbai Indians won the match by 40 runs after getting 168 in the first innings. Hence there is no doubt that team winning the toss will look to bat first. It might again be a low scoring clash on our hands.
It is expected to be a pleasing day for cricket as the two teams gear up to lock horns in an exciting clash. The temperature is expected to hover around 27 to 29 degrees. No rain is expected to take part in today’s clash.
Both teams have 10 points from 9 clashes and require a win at this juncture of the tournament. While Punjab won their previous match against Rajasthan Royals, DC had to deal with a defeat against the Mumbai Indians. KXIP have a very strong team but I will go with DC to win today’s clash. Hence my prediction hat says Delhi Capitals will win the match.
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