Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals will face off for two points in Match 13 of VIVO IPL 2019.
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 was 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.
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 learned 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.
Previous Match XIs:
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, R Ashwin, Hardus Viljoen, Murugan Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Mohammed Shami.
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram, Hanuma Vihari, Harshal Patel, Chris Morris, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada.
Head to Head in Indian Premier League
Overall: Matches – 22, Kings XI Punjab – 13, Delhi Capitals – 9.
In Mohali: Matches – 6, Kings XI Punjab – 5, Delhi Capitals – 1.
Kings XI Punjab has 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.
Shreyas Iyer will play his 50th IPL match for the Delhi Capitals; only four other cricketers have played 50 or more matches for the franchise.
The average first innings total in the last 10 IPL matches played at the IS Bindra Stadium is 172; the team batting first has a 4-3 win-loss record when they’ve scored more 172 or more.
Shikhar Dhawan needs one more half-century to complete 50 half-centuries in T20 cricket.