After impressive starts to their IPL 2019 campaigns with two wins apiece, KXIP and DC face each other in Mohali as both sides look to assert their supremacy in the IPL Points Table with another crucial win. While their IPL record doesn't stand out like those of CSK and MI, KXIP and DC look every bit the title challengers they envision themselves to be.
While Punjab have home comforts in their favor, Delhi Capitals would look to rattle their top-order which has done most of the scoring so far this season. With another high-scoring contest, here are a few tips to help you pick your fantasy teams.
Squads to choose from
Kings XI Punjab
Ravi Ashwin (C), Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Karun Nair, Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, David Miller, Sarfraz Khan, Moises Henriques, Harpreet Brar, Sam Curran, Varun Chakravarthi, PrabhSimran Singh, Nicolas Pooran, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Andrew Tye, Hardus Viljoen, Ankit Rajpoot, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi
Shreyas Iyer (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram, Axar Patel, Manjot Kalra, Chris Morris, Hanuma Vihari, Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford, Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult, Rahul Tewatia, Harshal Patel, Colin Munro, Ankush Bains, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Avesh Khan, Ishant Sharma, Bandaru Ayyappa
Playing XI Updates
Kings XI Punjab
No changes are expected from the Punjab side that outplayed the Mumbai Indians on Saturday with the likes of KL Rahul and Mohammed Shami returning to their best in terms of runs and wickets respectively. Hardus Viljoen has shown enough promise as the third seamer alongside AJ Tye and Mohammed Shami.
Murugan Ashwin had a great outing against Mumbai and will be expected to hold his own against another in-form south-paw, Rishabh Pant.
Possible XI: Rahul(WK), Gayle, Agarwal, Sarfaraz, Mandeep, Miller, Ashwin(C), Viljoen/Mujeeb, Shami, Tye, and Ashwin
Amit Mishra and Hanuma Vihari could make way for Axar Patel and Ishant Sharma, who could be more suitable on the Mohali track. With all of their top five batsmen looking in good touch, Delhi will be hoping for an encore of their batting performance against KKR.
Kagiso Rabada is coming on the back off a stunning Super Over and would be their go-to bowler alongside Morris, who had an off-day on Saturday.
Possible XI: Dhawan, Shaw, Iyer(C), Pant(WK), Ingram, Morris, Axar, Lamichhane, Rabada, Ishant and Harshal.
Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Capitals, Indian Premier League 2019, Match 13
1st April, 2019, 8:00 PM IST
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Total Matches Played: 22
KXIP: 13 (59.1%)
DC: 9 (40.9%)
Matches in Mohali: 6 (5 KXIP, 1 DC)
Last 5 Matches: 4 KXIP 1 DC
Last Match: 23 April 2018: KXIP (143-8, 20 overs) beat DC (139-8, 20 overs) by 4 runs, Delhi
Man of the Match - Ankit Rajpoot (2/23)
Last Match in Mohali: 8 April 2018: KXIP (167-4, 18.5 overs) beat KXIP (166-7, 20 overs) by 6 wickets
Man of the Match - Lokesh Rahul (51 off 16)
Fantasy Tips and Suggestions
Wicket-keeper: Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul already have a fifty to their names this season but it should be the Delhi keeper who should be picked considering his destructive ability towards the end of the innings.
Batsmen: Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal are decent options from the Punjab side while Shreyas Iyer could be backed on what should be a good surface to bat on. One of Shikar Dhawan or Colin Ingram would also suffice considering their ability to accelerate at will
All-rounders: Chris Morris and Ravi Ashwin are the preferred all-rounders with their international expertise on offer. Morris is capable of dealing with a few mighty blows as well in the death overs, making him a must-have in the side.
Bowlers: Mohammad Shami and Hardus Viljoen are the ideal players to have in the side while Kagiso Rabada's ability to nail the yorkers could be pivotal to Delhi cause. If included in the playing XI, Harshal Patel could be more than just handy with his canny variations on show.
Captain: Chris Gayle has a good record at Mohali and is one of the frontrunners for the mantle of captaincy while Shikhar Dhawan and Chris Morris are also decent options if one were to go with a Delhi player as captain.
Dotball Fantasy Suggestion #1: KL Rahul(WK), Shikhar Dhawan, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris, Ravi Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Andrew Tye, Harshal Patel and Mohammed Shami. Captain: Shikhar Dhawan.
Dotball Fantasy Suggestion #2: Rishabh Pant(WK), Prithvi Shaw, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris, Ravi Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Hardus Viljoen, Harshal Patel, and Mohammed Shami. Captain: Chris Gayle.