IPL 2019 – Match 37: Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab – DC Predicted Playing XI

IPL 2019 – Match 37: Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab – DC Predicted Playing XI

Amit Mishra has sealed his place in the eleven and became only the second bowler after Lasith Malinga to get to 150 IPL wickets.

Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

The Delhi Capitals (DC) had to bear the brunt of the demons of the Kotla pitch in their last encounter. It is a rarity that a home team has very little idea of what is to expect from the pitch. The Delhi track has been dishing out substandard pitches time and again with uneven bounce and no assistance for the hosts.

Even though they managed to win three games away from home, they were literally helpless playing against Mumbai in the last game at Delhi. There isn’t much that is expected to change within two days and there is a possibility that we might witness a similar track. The home team, however, will be determined to avenge for the defeated in the last encounter against KXIP.

Here is the Predicted Playing XI for the Delhi Capitals (DC):

Openers (Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan)

DC has been very patient with their openers. If Prithvi Shaw fails in one or two games more, they would have no choice but to axe him from the playing eleven. With Colin Munro in the ranks, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they do that for the next game itself. The youngster has been terrible with the shot selection and struggled with the strike rotation as well.

Shikhar Dhawan, however, is getting better as the tournament progresses. The left-hander might not have got a massive score in the last game but has shown positive intent. DC will hope for him to provide the side with a good start as well as go onto to make a big score. His performance will be crucial in the upcoming game if Delhi bats second.

Middle Order (Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk))

Colin Munro is likely to continue at number three. He is an attacking cricketer and can destroy the opposition with his batting. The pitch hasn’t really suited his style of play in the last match. But, he will have to play on something similar yet again and should adapt accordingly.

Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant will be the other two batsmen in the middle order. For all the talent that they possess, both these vital cogs have been highly inconsistent. It is important for at least one of them to bat through the 20 overs so that the side is in a good position.

All Rounders (Chris Morris, Axar Patel)

Chris Morris hasn’t had the best of outings in the last game. He is usually amongst the wickets for his team. The South African all-rounder will be looking forward to stepping up in the next match with his performance. He has done decently well bowling at the death thus far.

Axar Patel performed well with the bat in the last game. But he isn’t someone who can single-handedly win you games. Hence, it is important for someone like Iyer or Pant to stick around. Patel can provide them with support from the other end. In his four overs, the left-arm spinner only gave away 17 runs.

Bowlers (Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma)

The Delhi track is more suitable for the spinners than the pacers. Even though he’s been bowling quite slow, batsmen have been able to pick Keemo Paul easily. Thus, he could be replaced by Sandeep Lamichhane who opens the bowling and also has got the ability to provide some important breakthroughs.

Amit Mishra has sealed his place in the eleven and became only the second bowler after Lasith Malinga to get to 150 IPL wickets. He is someone who can be quite dangerous on this pitch. Kagiso Rabada and Ishant Sharma will complete the pace department.

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