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IPL 2018, Match 2: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) 'Predicted 11' to face Delhi Daredevils

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) 'Predicted 11' to face Delhi Daredevils.

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Top 5 / Top 10 07 Apr 2018, 16:22 IST
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He will be a pivotal part of the XI
He will be a pivotal part of the XI

It will be an action-packed Sunday at the IPL with the Kings XI Punjab taking on Gautam Gambhir's Delhi Daredevils at the iconic PCA Stadium in Mohali.

The perennial under-performers of the IPL, KXIP has tried to plug the holes that have derailed their journey in the past, and have managed to assemble a potent squad with a strong Indian core.

Having said that, let us look at the Probable XI that KXIP will field against the Delhi Daredevils in their tournament opener.

Here's my Probable XI


#1 Chris Gayle

Gayle has batted with Agarwal before for RCB
Gayle has batted with Agarwal before for RCB

Opening the batting would be Chris Gayle. The 'Universe Boss' Chris Gayle has been a perennial legend of the T20 format of the game, having terrorized bowlers all over the world with his panache for brutal power-hitting.

The only batsman to accumulate in excess of 10,000 runs in the shortest format of the game, Gayle was almost unsold in this year's auction when KXIP eventually racked up the Jamaican for a base price of Rs. 2 crores in the 11th hour.

On his day, Gayle can pulverize reputations into submission, as he has so often done in the past ten years of the IPL.


#2 Mayank Agarwal

Agarwal will resume his partnership with Gayle at KXIP
Agarwal will resume his partnership with Gayle at KXIP

Partnering Gayle will be the wonder boy of the 2017/18 Indian domestic season, Mayank Aggarwal. With 1160 runs in Ranji Trophy, 723 runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and over 250 runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament at a strike rate of 144.94, it's fair to say that Agarwal is in the form of his life.

The left-right combination that he'll form with his former RCB partner can pave way for shenanigans of their middle-order to take over.


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