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Kings XI Punjab [KXIP] v Delhi Daredevils [DD]
Indian Premier League
Match #2 – PCA Stadium, Mohali
08-Apr-18 – 10:30 GMT [16:00 IST]
The worst performers in IPL history make their appearance after managing a middling 5th and 6th finish last year. Both teams are the only franchises to never win an Indian Premier League title.
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As 2009 edition happened at South Africa and some matches of 2014 edition was moved to UAE, the designated Home and Away grounds are being considered for the stats purpose. A ground is considered a neutral venue only when play-offs happened outside both the team’s Home venues.
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Kings XI Punjab: Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul(w), Yuvraj Singh, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Axar Patel, Barinder Sran, Andrew Tye, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Chris Gayle, Ankit Rajpoot, Manoj Tiwary, Mohit Sharma, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar, Aaron Finch
Delhi Daredevils: Gautam Gambhir(c), Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Rishabh Pant(w), Shreyas Iyer, Vijay Shankar, Chris Morris, Shahbaz Nadeem, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Trent Boult, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tewatia, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Daniel Christian, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Naman Ojha, Sayan Ghosh, Liam Plunkett, Glenn Maxwell
Teams entering PCA Stadium know on thing; Score below 190 and you have a heavy risk of the score being chased down.
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Right To Match cards at the auctions has seriously confused Punjab management. They have a tall batting order. But these are batsmen who never bowl and they mostly are specialist openers. Finch, Gayle, KL Rahul, M Agarwal and Karun Nair all are opening batsman. That leaves them with a very thin middle order (Yuvraj, Miller and Tiwary), followed by a big lower order with the likes of all-rounders Stoinis, Axar and Ashwin. Finch has gone to get married (His fellow countryman Maxwell of Delhi Daredevils has accompanied him as his best man). Mostly Gayle (Very doubtful due to his bad form) / Agarwal with KL Rahul will open the innings, followed by Karun Nair at number 3. Yuvraj may be overlooked in the future matches, but today there is a bright chance for him to play. Will they add the Afghani player Mujeeb Ur Rahman or will they go with the experienced Andrew Tye for the lone foreign player spot has to be seen.
For Delhi, the most preferred batting line-up at the absence of Maxwell will be Gambhir and Jason Roy as openers with Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant coming to follow at number 3 and 4 positions. A couple of all-rounders to follow with Vijay Shankar, Christian, Munro and Morris in the squad. But one or two of the foreign all-rounders have to miss out to accommodate a overseas fast bowlers. Boult will be picked over Plunkett as the fast bowler. Jayant Yadav and Amit Mishra will take the spinners spot by edging out Nadeem.
Strengths and Weaknesses:
Strengths: New ball no problem – lots of opening batsmen. Good left and right hand mix in the batting line-up.
Weaknesses: Again, lots of opening batsmen thus a muddled middle order. No 6th bowling option.
Strengths: Hard hitting batsmen. Good set of all-rounders. Team sheet has all bases covered to make great combinations for a horses for courses approach.
Weaknesses: A problematic middle order, which may implode against quality spin bowling.
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There are plenty of similarities when it comes to Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils. For starters, neither has won the title in the ten editions so far. They have also failed to make it to the top four consistently, with Daredevils’ seven finishes outside the top four being slightly bettered by Kings XI’s eight – most for any team that has featured in all IPL editions. Ten different captains for Daredevils and eleven for KXIP adding to the similitude.
However, a new decade of the IPL raise hopes of a new dawn for both teams, who are led by skippers who know what it takes to win the IPL title. In Gautam Gambhir, Daredevils have a two-time IPL winning captain while R Ashwin, a potent weapon in Chennai Super Kings’ past successes, would have learnt a trick or two from MS Dhoni. With two Australians – Ricky Ponting and Brad Hodge – as head coaches for both teams, there won’t be any dearth of die-hard attitude infusion for the players.
As to the contrasts, the difference lies in the personnel involved in the make up of the teams. Daredevils have invested in youth by going in for seven players aged 23 or below (not including Kagiso Rabada), while KXIP have gone in with a blend of freshness and experience. As many as seven players in the KXIP outfit are above 30 while there are plenty of youngsters, including the 17-year-old Afghanistan sensation Mujeeb Zadran.
Another difference between the two sides is that Daredevils have identified a core group of players from their previous season. Seven players who featured in the Daredevils squad last year are still part of the team while the Punjab franchise has opted for a makeover of sorts. Apart from Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, David Miller and Marcus Stoinis, Kings XI have gone in with a new bunch of players in an attempt to turn their fortunes around.
When: Sunday, April 8 at 4:00 PM IST
Where: Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
What to expect: The Mohali wicket is typically hard and offers bounce, which should aid the stroke-makers. The last international game here was in December 2017 when Rohit Sharma made merry and registered his third 200-plus score. A similar batting-friendly wicket is likely for Kings XI’s opening game. This being a late afternoon match, the players will be welcomed by warm conditions, with a high of 33 degree Celsius.
Kings XI Punjab: With Aaron Finch set to miss Kings XI’s opening game owing to his marriage, there could be a toss up between Chris Gayle and David Miller should KXIP decide to go in with Mujeeb right from the start of the tournament. With the Karnataka trio of KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair all being opening options, Miller could get the nod ahead of Gayle.
Delhi Daredevils: Kagiso Rabada’s absence comes as a big blow for Daredevils, who will also be without Glenn Maxwell for their first match as the Australian has been appointed to MC Finch’s wedding. In this scenario, both Jason Roy and Colin Munro could feature in the starting XI for Sunday’s game, along with Trent Boult and Chris Morris as the pace options.
Head to head:
Kings XI have lost six opening matches, as have Daredevils, including five in succession since 2013. Overall, Kings XI lead the head-to-head numbers, having won 11 to Daredevils’ 10, and also have 80 per cent success rate against their North Indian counterparts in Mohali.
Gautam Gambhir vs Axar Patel:Gambhir has faced 42 deliveries from Axar without getting dismissed but has scored only 36 runs in the process – his SR of 85.71 being the lowest against a spinner (Min 25 balls).
Chris Gayle vs Chris Morris:Gayle has fallen to Morris thrice in 34 balls – the joint most Morris has dismissed any batsman alongside Gambhir and Suresh Raina.
– Gambhir needs one more fifty to equal David Warner’s IPL record of most 50+ scores in the IPL (36). Gambhir’s 4132 runs is the most by anyone in IPL without a hundred.
– R Ashwin will be leading an IPL side for the first time in his 112th match, which will also be his first T20 in a leadership role. The previous most by a player before leading an IPL side was Ajinkya Rahane’s 97 matches.
What they said:
I think R Ashwin will bring a difference to Kings XI, his leadership skills are outstanding. His engagement with a lot of players has been outstanding since he arrived. We gave options for people to choose when they want to train and he was the first one (to arrive for the optional net sessions). He wanted to make a difference, he wants to make a statement for Kings XI. We want everyone to be part of this organisation post this year, for two-three seasons down the track, and I think Ashwin is going to bring that leadership, that stability and keep everyone encouraged on the field: Brad Hodge, Kings XI Punjab head coach.
In the IPL you have to be prepared for that. Rabada obviously was our first choice and definitely we’ll miss him. But we always had the back-up. We already have Chris [Morris] and [Trent] Boult. With [Liam] Plunkett coming in – he’s also an all-rounder – so that’s going to give us the balance. We have focused on the balance of the team and the back-ups. In a long tournament, to win a championship you’ll have to play around 17 matches. There will be some injuries, there will be a key player missing but still you can get the desired result: Pravin Amre, assistant coach of Delhi Daredevils.
So that R Ashwin, eh? Over the coming weeks, he’s likely to bowl legspin instead of offspin for Kings XI Punjab, have opening batsmen in the middle order, push the finishers up top, invent ice-cream that tastes sour, build a working time machine, and categorically prove apples are better than oranges.
His tongue-in-cheek comments – which prompt other tongue-in-cheek comments – aside, one of Indian cricket’s brightest minds finally gets the chance to be full-time captain. Ashwin’s talent for reading batsmen and drawing them into traps has been the foundation of many Test wins for India – and T20 wins for Chennai Super Kings – but in 2018, with fingerspinners becoming a fashion faux pas, he will need to be doubly smart juggling his role as boss man and strike bowler.
But just as Ashwin leaves home, his opposite number Gautam Gambhir returns to where it all began. He split with Kolkata Knight Riders and no sooner did he become available that Delhi swiped right. It was a match made in, well, 2008. But who can resist all that nostalgia, least of all an ex that finished last thrice in seven years since breaking up.
In the news
Kings XI’s Aaron Finch will be getting married on Saturday, over on the other side of the world. And Daredevils’ Glenn Maxwell will be part of the festivities. So expect nothing more than the odd tweet from the two Australians. Chris Gayle and Jason Roy are pretty useful replacements to have, though. Kagiso Rabada has been ruled out of the entire season with a stress fracture of the back and has been replaced by Liam Plunkett in the Daredevils’ squad.
The likely XIs
Kings XI Punjab: 1 Chris Gayle, 2 KL Rahul (wk), 3 Mayank Agarwal/ Karun Nair, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 David Miller, 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Axar Patel, 8 R Ashwin (capt), 9 Andrew Tye, 10 Mohit Sharma, 11 Barinder Sran
Delhi Daredevils: 1 Gautam Gambhir (capt), 2 Colin Munro, 3 Jason Roy, 4 Rishabh Pant (wk), 5 Shreyas Iyer, 6 Chris Morris, 7 Vijay Shankar, 8 Amit Mishra, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Shahbaz Nadeem
Gambhir has opened the batting in 93 of his 122 innings in the IPL and, since 2015, has a strike-rate of 117 in the Powerplay, which rises to 129 in overs 7 to 15. But considering the corresponding figures of Rishabh Pant (125 and 154), Shreyas Iyer (100 and 148) and Jason Roy (138 and 126, for England in T20Is) coupled with their bowling attack – Mohammed Shami has a T20 economy rate of 9.52. Vijay Shankar is unproven, Trent Boult has not always had success in Indian conditions – it could be useful for Daredevils to stock their top order with big hitters and target a mammoth total. The captain can bat lower down and be insurance if things go wrong.
Stats that matter
- Let’s get straight to it. Gambhir v Ashwin. Since 2015, the contest has been skewed in the bowler’s favour, with only 43 runs scored off 47 balls, which includes two wickets. In fact, Kings XI might feel like they have Gambhir covered with their spinners. In the same time period, Axar Patel has conceded only 36 runs off 42 balls to the Daredevils captain.
- There are days when Chris Gayle might seem unstoppable. But they come less frequently now and Daredevils would hope to keep that trend going with Chris Morris, who will likely tuck the left-hander up with his pace and bounce. The head-to-head reads: 40 runs, 34 balls, three wickets.
- David Miller has made 141 runs off 94 balls from each of Daredevils’ available bowlers, and has been dismissed only once – by Amit Mishra. He might not have played any short-form cricket since February, when he struggled badly against more of India’s wristspinners, but he should like starting the IPL against a set of bowlers who have rarely got him out. Additionally, he has made 607 runs at a strike-rate of 155 in Mohali. Miller won’t get too many better settings to get back in form.
- So Kings XI’s finisher has a question mark over him. Their No. 4 isn’t as threatening as he once was. They don’t have too many options at No. 3. They do have a fairly long tail. All of that makes the top order’s job fairly difficult and the Daredevils can add to it if they realise that since 2015, KL Rahul has made only 165 runs off spin bowling at a strike-rate of 118, while losing his wicket four times. Against the quicks, he hits at 145 per 100 balls.
- Opening batsmen are usually the best bets and Colin Munro makes a compelling case. Since 2015, he has a strike-rate of 157 against fast bowlers and 145 against spin and in Mohali’s hit-through-the-line conditions, he can be quite brutal.
- Andrew Tye‘s acquisition should help Kings XI overcome their biggest struggle in 2017 – death bowling. They conceded 10.37 runs per over last season. Tye on the other hand had an economy rate of 7.7 – among fast bowlers who delivered at least 30 balls in the final stages of innings, he comes in at third, behind Adam Milne and Ashish Nehra. If the team was willing to shell out USD 1.1 million for him in the auction, you could probably take a punt on him in your XI.