Dubai, September 19
Two greats will pit their wits towards one another within the background as their captains, with a capability to attain greatness, lead their power-hitters out for an IPL match between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab right here on Sunday.
Ricky Ponting and Anil Kumble are arguably two of the largest names in cricket and the dazzling array of expertise in each the groups would search to attract inspiration from their respective heavyweight coaches of their event opener.
Man-to-man, Delhi Capitals appear to have a slight edge, extra so within the spin division, with the trio of R Ashwin, Amit Mishra and Axar Patel streets forward of their counterparts from the Mohali-based facet.
Spin is anticipated to play an enormous position on the UAE pitches.
The match, on the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, may even be a face-off between skippers KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer, each seen as future India captaincy materials.
On the batting entrance, the Capitals have probably the greatest assortments of India internationals, comprising Prithvi Shaw, Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, in addition to West Indian Shimron Hetmyer.
In this state of affairs, India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (strike-rate beneath 120), who was purchased from Rajathan Royals, could also be ignored.
The KXIP additionally boast of a few of the clear hitters within the type of Chris Gayle, Glenn Maxwell and Rahul himself.
Maxwell’s confidence should be sky excessive after his ODI series-winning century (108) towards England in Manchester. He additionally had a memorable run the final time the IPL was held in UAE, albeit partially, in 2014 when he hammered 552 runs in 16 video games.
The KXIP have a harmful opening pairing in Gayle and Rahul with Mayank Agarwal to observe. But it stays to be seen whether or not the 40-year-old Gayle will proceed to be a daily function on the high of the order this time round.
The Capitals could give you a shock by selecting Big Bash League’s highest wicket-taker Daniel Sams together with Kagiso Rabada, leaving out senior India pacer Ishant Sharma, who has had an underwhelming IPL through the years.
For KXIP, India strike bowler Mohammad Shami will spearhead the tempo division.
It is within the slow-bowling division that the KXIP might face issues. They have no massive names following the departure of Ashwin. Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the only established identify.
Ashwin, alternatively, want to depart behind all of the speak about ‘Mankading’ and deal with the job at hand alongside Mishra, who’s the IPL’s second highest wicket-taker with 157 scalps.
History, although, favours KXIP who’ve gained 4 out of the final 5 matches nevertheless it was the Capitals who emerged victorious within the final match between the 2 sides within the 2019 season.
Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (C), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer, Kagiso Rabada, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ishant Sharma, Axar Patel, Sandeep Lamichhane, Keemo Paul, Daniel Sams, Mohit Sharma, Anrich Nortje, Alex Carey (WK), Avesh Khan, Tushar Deshpande, Harshal Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav.
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (C), Mayank Agarwal, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karun Nair, James Neesham, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Ishan Porel, Arshdeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Krishnappa Gowtham, Harpreet Brar, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Simran Singh (WK), Jagadeesha Suchith, Tajinder Singh, Hardus Viljoen. PTI