With just a day passed in the dream11 IPL 2020, we have seen some good cricket yesterday’s match between the rivals MI and CSK. There was some rustiness from the players since they were playing after a long break. Although the ground fielding was poor from both the sides, expecting the players to improve game after games.
The powerhouse DC vs the solid looking KXIP
It’s the second day of the Dream11 IPL 2020 and we are at match number 2. It’s the Iyer lead DC vs the KL Rahul lead KXIP. These two young captains have a point to prove as a captain, with Iyer already a proven captain in last year’s IPL. But these two teams are coached by some brilliantly experienced coaches in the likes of Ricky Ponting for DC and Anil Kumble for KXIP.
Interestingly, these two teams have never won the title. This time with the likes of KL Rahul, Glenn Maxwell, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Nicholas Pooran, and Rishab Pant both the teams are serious contenders for the top 4 and even the title, especially DC with their team composition having players suiting for different roles. They are dynamic this year.
But both the teams will be under pressure and has a point to prove in today’s match. They have to find their strengths and weaknesses and adapt to the conditions so quickly. That’s where every team should look upon.
Stats and strategy to look for
Playing in Dubai, the average 1st innings score is 152. So a score of 160 will be par and teams must bowl according to the conditions to defend this total. Batting 1st team has won 25 times and batting 2d team has won 26 times. So it will tough to predict the results just with a toss of the match.
KXIP’s Mujeeb as a better record over both DC’s Rishab Pant and Hetmyer. He has dismissed both the batsmen twice each. So to dry up the firepower of DC, Mujeeb will play a key role in Punjab’s success in today’s match.
Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran, and Chris Gayle are the serious batting firepowers of KXIP. But playing all three can make Punjab’s bowling vulnerable, with Mujeeb already a contender of overseas slots, they also need a foreign pacer to strengthen the bowling attack. So there may be chances of Chris Gayle playing a mentor role for the youngsters. Considering the recent form of both Maxwell and Pooran, obviously, they can’t drop both.
Ricky Ponting hinted that there is a bit of grass cover on Dubai wicket. So we can expect him playing three pacers. With Rabada and Ishant will be his obvious choice, Nortje or Daniel Sams will be his third choice. Provided an ample experience from their Indian spinners in the likes of Ravi Ashwin and Amit Mishra, Lamichchane might miss this game so that they give chance to the pacers in this track.
With Hetmyer, Rabada, and Daniel Sams featuring the starting 11, their third overseas can be one among Carey, Stoinis, and Keemo Paul. If Carey plays, they will be left to an option of just 5 bowlers. Stoinis and Paul can be handy with their cutters in the middle overs.
Glenn Maxwell has a good head to head with DC’s Ashwin scoring 107 of 49 balls but the other spinner Mishra has the upper hand over Maxwell dismissing 4 out of 5 times playing each other.
Likely playing 11 of DC and KXIP
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishab Pant(wk), S Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis/Alex Carey, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, K Rabada, Ishant Sharma, D Sams/ A Nortje.
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul(c)(wk), M Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, K Gowtham, Chris Jordan, J Suchith / R Bishnoi, M Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.