New Delhi, April 20: The wicket at the Feroz Shah Kotla once again came back to haunt Delhi Capitals and stop their three-match winning momentum on Thursday. And Kings XI Punjab will look to feed off that very advantage when they come to the Kotla on Saturday (April 20) with some quality spinners in a side led by none other than R Ashwin.
For Delhi, it will be about replicating their away form on home conditions as the free flowing stroke-makers in Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, skipper Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant have found it very difficult to adapt to the slow nature of the Kotla wicket. In fact, the team selection has also left a lot to be desired as they played Keemo Paul over Sandeep Lamichhane on a turning wicket. Interestingly, even Mumbai Indians decided to play three spinners in Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav and Krunal Pandya while Delhi went in with just two in Amit Mishra and Axar Patel. The Delhi batsmen must find a way to compete on their home turf if DC are to win matches and make it to the play-offs
With the likes of Mujeeb Rahman and Murugan Ashwin in the side to back skipper R Ashwin, KXIP will be relishing the opportunity of playing on a low and slow Kotla wicket. Not to forget the experience of Mohammed Shami in the pace bowling department and the exuberance of Arshdeep Singh. Considering the trouble of the DC batsmen to adapt to the wicket at the Kotla, it will again be a case of KXIP starting favourites. In KL Rahul, Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal, the Punjab outfit has a batting line-up that can counter any conditions.
Here’s MyKhel’s Live Updates of the Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Capitals match:
It's all over here. Delhi beat Punjab by five-wicket here at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
FOUR and its over.
2 needed off 3
Shreyas on strike but he fails to find the boundary. Collects two runs.
Four needed off four. Its a thriller here in Delhi
5 needed off 5
Sam Curran gets the ball for the final over. 6 needed off 6
Shami gives away four runs and picks up two wickets. Last over. Six needed off six to win
Rutherford in. Can he take Delhi over the ling with the skipper.
RUN OUT! Delhi crumbling towards the end. Axar Patel run out as he bumps into Shami and eventually run out
WICKET!! Shami removes Ingram and he rips out the middle stump
50!! Captain Shreyas Iyer leading from the front as he brings up his half century off 45.
FOUR! There's the much needed boundary. Ingram taking charge here with back-to-back boundaries.
Delhi need 23 from 18 to win here at home.
FOUR! Ingram keeps Delhi's chase on track. One bounce in the midwicket fence and it runs away for four runs
Three wickets down the hosts need 33 off 25 to win.
Delhi lose two quick wickets here
WICKET!! Not long enough as Sam Curran takes a safe catch at deep square leg to send Pant back to the dugout. Pant goes for 6 off 7.
FOUR!! Pant hits his first boundary as it deflects of Gayle and runs away for a boundary.
Sam Curan back into the attack. Dot ball and wide to begin the over.
Rishabh Pant into the attack
WICKET!! Big wicket for Punjab as Ashwin avoids collision with Gayle to take a tumbling catch and dismiss the dangerous Dhawan.
FOUR! Iyer pulls it off to deep square leg
Delhi cruising towards a win here as they need 52 off 41. Punjab need a couple of wickets to pull the hosts back
MAXIMUM!! Iyer smashes Ashwin and hits it straight back for SIX
Dhawan brings up his 35th IPL 50 here at home!
Curran gives away just five off the over.
Curran back for his second over
FOUR!! Shikhar Dhawan gets it past backward point to hit M Ashwin for a boundary
Back from the timeout. Murugan Ashwin into the attack.
FOUR! Dhawan ends the over with a boundary as he hit debutante Harpreet for two boundaries and a maximum to pick up 17 runs off the over
SIXX!! Dhawan on fire here at Feroz Shah Kotla as he clears long on to hit Harpreet for a maximum.
FOUR!! Dhawan follows up Shaw's dismissal with back-to-back boundaries off Viljoen
WICKET! Shaw's innings cut short as Mandeep Singh hits the stump at the non strikers end.
MAXIMUM!! Shaw hits Shami for an enormous shot to send him for a six off the first delivery
11 off the second over.
FOUR! Prithvi Shaw hits the first boundary of Delhi's innings as he sends it straight over Curran's head
Just one off the opening over.
Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan open the innings for Delhi
Mohammad Shami with the new ball
Time for the second innings. The Punjab team in a huddle. Can they defend this?
Lamichhane picked up three wickets as Punjab put up competitive total of 163. It is a competitive total but the dew might come into play and it might be tough for them to defend.
SIX to finish the innings. Harpreet hits Rabada for a maximum to take Punjab's total to 163/7
WICKET! The skipper takes a catch to dismiss the Punjab skipper! Ashwin goes for 16 off 14. Rabada starts with a wicket in the final over
Rabada to finish off the innings
FOUR!! Harpeet slays it over cover
Sharma gives away two wides as the pressure builds. Just two wides off the 19th over so far
Ishant Sharma in for his final over
The skipper is keeping Punjab's innings alive
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Ashwin isn't afraid to take on Rabada. Lines up for the short ball and swipes it superbly through mid-on. A boundary more to his name.
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FOUR! Ashwin clubs a pull shot and goes wide of mid-wicket for a boundary.
Three overs left and Rabada back into the attack
WICKET! M Singh goes for 30: st Rishabh Pant b Axar Patel, KXIP 129/6
FOUR! Mandeep Singh sends it over extra cover to hit Mishra for a boundary off the first ball.
Lamichhane to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, dropped by Rabada diving forward at deep square
FOUR! Ashwin drags it down short for a boundary
Captain R Ashwin in. After quick wickets can Ashwin pick up the pace for the visitors.
WICKET!! Sam Curran goes for a duck as Lamichhane picks up his second wicket for the over.
WICKET! Colin Ingram takes a neat catch at the boundary and sends it in Patel takes it safely to dismiss Gayle. Lamichhane gets the big wicket for Delhi.
Relay catch on the boundary. Is Gayle going to walk back? Gone upstairs
Lamichhane back into the attack! Hit for a MAXIMUM on the first ball. Gayle powers it into the stands.
Halfway through the innings the Kings XI Punjab are going steady at 93-3
Rutherford into the attack
MAXIMUM! Mandeep joins the party as he hits Patel for a six off the first delivery off the over.
MAXIMUM!! Gayle is getting into the groove as he effortlessly hits Mishra for the second six off the over.
FIFTY FOR CHRIS GAYLE! The universe boss brings up his half century off just 25 balls here in Delhi.
MAXIMUM! Mishra gets punished by Gayle for a bad delivery as he sends it into the crowd to start the over with a maximum
Mandeep Singh in.
WICKET! Axar Patel picks up David Miller's wicket as DC pick up the regular wickets. But the danger man is still at the centre.
Amit Mishra into the attack for the hosts
Fifty comes off the powerplay for the Kings XI Punjab. The visitors lost two early wickets but Gayle looks settles as he's cruising at 32 off 17.
Fifty comes up for the visitors with two balls left in the powerplay
David Miller comes in. Four to begin his innings and end Rabada's first over.
WICKET!!! Mayank goes for only 2 off 9 as Rutherford takes a patient catch. Rabada enjoying a good over here as he gives four dot balls and picks up a wicket on the fifth delivery.
Four dot balls to begin Rabada's over
Delhi bring Kagiso Rabada into the attack
FOUR fours from the over.
FOUR! Third four off the over!
FOUR more!!! Delhi being hammered here.
FOUR! A boundary to begin the over.
SIX!!! The Universe boss is getting into the groove here at Feroz Shah Kotla.
FOUR!! Gayle glides past short third man to hit Ishant Sharma for his first boundary of the match
Mayank Agarwal the new batsman in
OUT!!! KL Rahuls's innings cut short as Pant's super glove work cut his innings short. Rahul walks after scoring just 12 off 9.
BIG APPEAL! Third umpire
FOUR! Rahul smashing Lamichhane
MAXIMUM!! First six off the match to KL Rahul!
Sandeep Lamichhane in for the second over
Just three runs off the opening over to begin Punjab's innings.
Single to begin the innings.
The players are in. KL Rahul and Chris Gayle open. Ishant Sharma in with the new ball
Delhi Capitals Playing XI: P Shaw, S Dhawan, S Iyer, R Pant, C Ingram, S Rutherford, Axar P, A Mishra, K Rabada, Ishant S, S Lamichhane
Kings XI Punjab Playing XI: KL Rahul, C Gayle, M Agarwal, D Miller, M Singh, S Curran, R Ashwin, H Brar, H Viljoen, M Ashwin, M Shami
TOSS: Delhi Capitals win the toss and choose to bowl
The toss is just half an hour away.
The Kings XI Punjab will take on Delhi Capitals in match number 37 of the Indian Premier League at the Feroz Shah Kotla in the second match of the weekend double-header.