IPL 2019 Match Preview: M13 – KXIP VS DC

Match Preview: M13 – KXIP VS DC

IPL 2019 Match Report: M13 – KXIP VS DC: Both teams are coming off wins in their respective previous matches.

In their first home match of the season, KXIP defeated the Mumbai Indians, while the Delhi Capitals earned two points after denying the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Super Over.

Kings XI Punjab were clinical in their run-chase against the Mumbai Indians. Faced with a testing target of 177, KXIP’s top-order fired and completed the job without breaking a sweat.

KXIP will be worried over the performance of their pace bowling department which has come in for heavy punishment in all the three matches; the overall economy of KXIP’s quicks this season reads 10.13. KXIP are limited in terms of alternatives and the team management will therefore possibly back the current lot, hoping they can get better at their game as the season unfolds.

After the match against the Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals advisor Sourav Ganguly said the win would give the young team a lot of confidence. While Shreyas Iyer and company will certainly want to build on the momentum they have from that win, they will have also learnt not to take the foot off the opposition’s throat; they let KKR escape from 61 for 5 to 185-8, and were then cruising in the run-chase before they gave the Knight Riders an opening through the dismissals of Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw.

Team news:

Kings XI Punjab

Quinton de Kock’s ill-timed wicket in the last game meant that KXIP’s five front-line bowlers, who don’t have back-ups, weren’t really put to the sword. Murugan Ashwin’s addition has added a real sense of maturity to the bowling line-up, that’s still a bit light on pace.

They didn’t practice on the eve of the match, so there were no real clues regarding what the team combination might be like. Expect an unchanged side.

Probable XI: Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Andrew Tye

Delhi Capitals

The visitors had an optional practice session on Sunday after a draining Super Over win in Delhi the other night. They made four changes in their last match, bringing in Sandeep Lamichhane, Hanuma Vihari, Harshal Patel and Chris Morris, and will most likely stick with the same combination.

Probable XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Colin Ingram, Hanuma Vihari, Chris Morris, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Harshal Patel, Amit Mishra

Head to Head in IPL

Overall: Matches – 22, Kings XI Punjab – 13, Delhi Capitals – 9.

In Mohali: Matches – 6, Kings XI Punjab – 5, Delhi Capitals – 1.

Kings XI Punjab have won more matches against the Delhi Capitals than against any other opponent. They won both their matches against the Delhi Capitals last season. In the first meeting in Mohali, the hosts chased down 167 to win by 6 wickets – the highlight of the match being KL Rahul’s 16-ball 51 – during which he scored the fastest-ever half-century in the IPL.

In the second meeting in Delhi, KXIP defended 143 to win by 4 runs; Delhi needed 5 runs off the last ball, but Mujeeb ur Rahman had Shreyas Iyer caught at long-off to deny the hosts.

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